Junior linebacker enjoys fishing, signed NLI in an ice house
Gophers deepest position this year could be at linebacker
Mitch Leidner named Team MVP, Eric Murray collects defensive honors
Ten Gophers Awarded by Big Ten Conference
Gophers return three of top four tackling linebackers from a season ago
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Has played in five games and started four. Game-by-Game: Made two tackles against Oregon State • recorded five tackles including one for a loss of one yard against Indiana State • registered seven tackles including three tackles for a loss of nine yards and one sack against Colorado State • made two tackles against Penn State • returned from injury and made two tackles against Rutgers and had one pass breakup.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 12 games and started eight • finished second on the team with 99 tackles (56 solo), including 5.5 tackles-for-loss for 12 yards • forced a fumble • named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the conference media • tabbed team's Linebacker of the Year. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota debut and tallied seven tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, against TCU • registered seven tackles and forced a fumble in overtime at Colorado State • made a career-high 10 tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, versus Kent State • totaled four tackles against Ohio • recorded eight tackles, six of which were solo, at Northwestern • tallied a team-high nine tackles, including six solo stops, at Purdue • notched 10 tackles versus Michigan • tallied 10 tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, at Ohio State • registered eight tackles with four of them being solo at Iowa • totaled 11 tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, versus Illinois • notched 11 tackles against Wisconsin • recorded four tackles (three solo), including 1.0 behind the line of scrimmage, versus Central Michigan.
2014: Suffered an injury in the spring of 2014 that forced him to miss the season • named the team's Defensive Work Team Player of the Year.
PREVIOUS SCHOOL: Transferred from Iowa Western Community College • recorded 80 tackles (32 solo) as a freshman, as his team went 11-1 • notched two interceptions (both of which were returned for touchdowns) and forced one fumble • recorded 8.5 tackles-for-loss and broke up two passes, as team pitched five shutouts and allowed an average of only 11.2 points per game • had one rush on the year, which was a 4-yard gain on a fake punt • signed National Letter of Intent during the 2013 December signing period • enrolled in January 2014 • received a three-star rating from Rivals and ESPN and a two-star rating from Scout and 247Sports.
HIGH SCHOOL: Is a graduate of Spirit Lake High School in Spirit Lake, Iowa • during his senior year he helped lead his team to a 15-1 record and the 2012 Class 2A state title, excelling at both linebacker and running back • named all-conference and all-state as a senior • coached by Josh Bolluyt.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 12, 1994 • son of Kevin Poock and Jodi Wollmath.
Game 8: Minnesota at Illinois
Minnesota plays at Illinois at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The game can be seen on BTN and can be heard on KFAN.
Double OT With Coach Claeys After Rutgers
Coach Claeys answered more questions after his Facebook Live show last night.
Smith Honored By B1G
Rodney Smith was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the week after recording 257 all-purpose yards against Rutgers.