These are the Notre Dame records Powlus owned at week's end: most touchdown passes in one season (19), most touchdown passes in one game (4), most passing yards per game in a career (175.5) and most touchdown passes per game in a career (1.39).
This is who wanted pictures of him the day before the Purdue game, as he tried to be a student/son/boyfriend/idol/leg-end-in-training: NBC; SPORTS ILLUSTRATED; 37 fans with 37 cameras, most of whom forgot to take their lens caps off; Channel 16 in South Bend; and the photographer for his senior picture, who sat him down in the middle of it all and reminded him to try to relax.
This is what his high school coach, George Curry, thinks: "This kid is flawless. I mean, he's perfect! Oh. man!"
This is the only trouble with being the Can't Miss Kid: Sometimes you miss.
This is what his best friend, Thomas Wolfgang Krug, says about him: "He's to himself, dude. He's a great guy, but he won't tell you about it."
This is what it says above his desk: DO GOOD, THEN DISAPPEAR.
This is what an 81-year-old man gave him the day before the Purdue game as Powlus was coming out of his 10:40 industrial marketing class: a picture of the man's gravestone, with the green Notre Dame logo on one side and a green shamrock on the other. "I want you to have this, Ronnie," he said.
This is what the headlines said after his first college game, in which he threw for four touchdowns in a win over Northwestern:
Chicago Sun-Times: OVERNIGHT SENSATION.
Chicago Tribune: PROMISE IS FULFILLED.