Powlus will organize recruiting

Updated: March 2, 2005, 4:03 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Ron Powlus, touted as a surefire Heisman Trophy winner when he arrived at Notre Dame in 1993 but never came close, is going to try to help the Irish find their next Heisman recipient.

Powlus was hired Tuesday as Notre Dame's director of personnel development, where he will organize recruiting. The position does not allow him to evaluate players on film or leave campus to recruit, said John Heisler, senior associate athletic director. But Powlus will be allowed to meet with recruits on campus.

"I'm very excited to be returning to what I believe to be the pinnacle of college football," Powlus said. "I've been itching to get back into the world of college football.

"I can be a good resource for what it's like to play college football at Notre Dame."

Powlus had many highs and lows during his five years at Notre Dame, breaking his left collarbone twice during his freshman year.

The next year, the first in which Powlus played, the Irish dropped out of the rankings for the first time since 1986. Notre Dame went 30-17-1 during Powlus' years as the starter.

He set 20 school marks, and still holds Irish records for total offense (7,479 yards), passing yards (7,602), pass completions (558) and pass attempts (969).


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