Parents are Dennis and Vicki Poppinga ... father played tight end at BYU from 1968-1971 ... older sister, Tara, played volleyball at Utah State ... older brother plays football at Utah State ... a recipient of the Eagle Scout award ... married to Brooke Hubbard ... has a daughter, Jasmine Rene and son, Julius Maximus ... recruited by Wyoming, Arizona, Washington, Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado and Utah..
In 2001: Earned All-MWC Academic honors ... competed in 12 regular-season games as a freshman... a significant contributor on special teams... recorded 10 tackles on the season, including five solo takedowns... made one fumble recovery (at Hawaii)... posted a season-high two tackles at Mississippi State.
All-state selection at linebacker and tight end for Evanston High School... lettered three times in football and basketball and four times in track... was named the 4-A lineman of the year... selected to the Wyoming super-25 team... led Evanston to a 9-1 record and a 4-A state title... finished second in the 1997 state discus competition.
POPPINGA's Career Stats
Year Gms UT AT TFL FF FR PD Hur Sck
2001 12 5 5 0 0 1 1 0 0
2002 12 25 24 14 3 0 0 3 8
2003 12 34 21 13 0 1 2 1 6
Total 36 64 50 27 3 2 3 4 14
2001 | Freshman Year
Earned All-MWC Academic honors ... competed in 12 regular-season games as a freshman ... a significant contributor on special teams ... recorded 10 tackles on the season, including 5 solo takedowns ... made one fumble recovery (at Hawaii) ... posted a season-high 2 tackles at Mississippi State.
2002 | Sophomore Year
Earned All-Mountain West first-team honors ... a Mountain West Conference All-Academic selection ... earned team's Top Defensive Lineman award ... led the MWC with 8 sacks ... credited with 14 tackles for a combined loss of 66 yards ... registered 49 tackles on the season, including 25 solo takedowns ... forced 3 fumbles and 3 quarterback hurries ... tallied a season-high 9 tackles in the Cougars' season-opening victory over Syracuse ... credited with 3 sacks for a loss of 18 yards in BYU's victory over San Diego State ... recorded 8 tackles in his first-career start, leading BYU to a 42-21 victory over Syracuse ... recorded 5 unassisted takedowns, including a sack that forced an SU fumble deep in BYU territory ... credited with 3 tackles for a combined loss of 12 yards against the Orangemen ... registered 5 more tackles against Hawaii, including 1 solo and four assisted takedowns ... recorded 2 tackles for a combined loss of 3 yards.
2003 | Junior Year
A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection ... started all 12 games for the Cougars at defensive end ... ranked among the MWC leaders with 55 tackles on the season, including 34 solo takedowns ... ranked seventh in the league with six sacks ... ranked ninth in the MWC with 13 tackles for a combined loss of 43 yards ... credited with a season-high eight tackles against Notre Dame ... had six or more tackles in four games during the season ... part of a defensive unit that held Utah to just three points and 184 yards off their season total yardage average ... produced six tackles against fourth-ranked USC, including five solo stops ... credited with two tackles for a combined loss of seven yards, including a sack for a six-yard loss ...received co-Defensive Lineman of the game honors ... anchored the BYU defense in the Cougars' 24-13 win over Georgia Tech ... part of a defensive unit that held the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the second half and did not allow a single touchdown on the night ... limited the GT offense to just 96 yards rushing and 147 yards passing, including only 20 yards rushing in the second half ... named Defensive Lineman of the game by coaching staff ... selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award preseason watch list ... Named Defensive Lineman of the game against UNLV and UTAH ...
2004 | Senior Year
A unanimous Preseason All-Mountain West Conference selection ... a Nagurski Award candidate ... expected to see action at defensive end and linebacker throughout the season.