A quick, physical linebacker who has the ability to shed blockers ... emerged as a playmaker last season while starting in place of an injured Demetrius Hartsfield at Will linebacker ... No. 2 on the depth chart at Will LB, but should see plenty of time ... can also play the other two LB spots.
As a Sophomore (2009): Played in 11 games, making five starts at Will linebacker, including four of the last five games ... ranked third on the team in TFLs (6.5) and fourth in sacks (3.0) ... had five tackles in the season opener vs. Cal (9/5) ... did not see action vs. MTSU (9/19) ... got his first career start against Virginia (10/17), subbing for an injured Demetrius Hartsfield ... made five tackles, including 2.0 TFLs and one sack, vs. the Cavaliers ... also started the next four games ... led all tacklers with a career-high 13 against Duke (10/24), also tallying 2.5 TFLs, one sack and a forced fumble ... second on the team in tackles (10), including a career-best seven solo stops, against NC State (11/7) ... recorded a TFL for the fourth straight game against the Wolfpack ... started at Will LB vs. Virginia Tech (11/14), though Hartsfield returned to action ... had three stops vs. the Hokies.
As a Redshirt Freshman (2008): Played in one game as a reserve linebacker ... injured his knee in his lone appearance (vs. EMU, 9/20) and missed the remainder of the season ... was serving as the backup to MLB Alex Wujciak at the time ... tested out as one of the fastest inside linebackers in the spring.
As a Freshman (2007): Redshirted ... served as a reserve linebacker ... suffered a knee injury in the preseason and was not at full strength until the last month of the regular season.
At the Lawrenceville School: A two-year starter at fullback and outside linebacker ... ranked No. 15 among New Jersey prospects and No. 47 nationally among outside linebackers by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 42 nationally among outside linebackers by Scout, Inc. .... an all-state prep selection as a senior ... an All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League selection as a senior when he was team captain ... had 47 tackles, including 34 solo stops and four sacks, in nine games as a junior ... also had one interception, while rushing for 716 yards and hauling in 15 passes for 182 receiving yards ... earned honorable mention all-prep accolades as a junior by the Trenton Times ... also recruited by Rutgers and Boston College ... coached by Ken Mills.
Personal: Parents are Michael and Jamie Pooler ... father played basketball at Frostburg State ... made the dean's list his final semester of high school ... majoring in American studies.