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Pitt Football Spring Practice #13


Pitt Football Opens Spring Practice on Tuesday


Pitt Football Positional Preview: The Defense

The Panthers return seven starters on defense

2015: Limited to the season's initial four games as a reserve defensive end due to a foot fracture…totaled four tackles, 1.5 TFLs and a sack on the year…had a season-high three stops with a TFL assist at Iowa…had a 10-yard sack in the opener against Youngstown State.

2014: Played in six games as a reserve defensive end to letter in his first active season...missed the final half of the season due to a shoulder injury.

2013: Redshirted as a true freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 6 overall prospect in Wisconsin by Scout...caught 50 passes for 753 yards (15.1 avg.) and eight touchdowns as a senior tight end...over his final two seasons had 80 receptions for 1,106 yards (13.8 avg.) and 10 TDs...compiled 22 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery at outside linebacker...also contributed as a punter, kicker and return man...first team Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-State...two-time All-Wisconsin Little Ten selection...two-time WFCA All-South Central Region and all-district...named the top tight end at the National Underclassmen Combine in Chicago...played under Coach Ryan McMillen...also a four-year track and field letterman and a three-year varsity basketball starter...first-team all-state performer in the shot put.

PERSONAL: Zachary Aaron Poker, born 11/8/94, is the son of Gene and Amy Poker...has one brother...father played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point...grandfather (Larry Poker) played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...mechanical engineering major.

Zach Poker

Zach  Poker

RS Junior

Oconomowoc, Wis.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 240


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