Local talent who earned three letters as a member of the Tigers' defensive line...Declared for the NFL Draft as a junior, concluding his career having played in 35 contests, recording 101 tackles (57 unassisted), 21.5 TFL, five sacks, four pass break-ups and four forced fumbles...Made 30 starts for Memphis throughout his three-year career...Recorded 33 tackles, including 18 solo stops, and was third on the team in TFL in his final season with the Tigers...Tallied a career-high eight tackles in two separate contests throughout his career (Marshall-2011 and UT Martin-2009)...Garnered All-Conference USA second team honors as a junior in 2011, C-USA honorable mention honors in 2010 and was named as a member of C-USA's All-Freshman team in 2009...Started the final 25 games of his Tiger career, including each contest in 2010 and 2011...Enjoyed one of his most memorable performances at UTEP in 2010, recording seven total tackles, one tackle for a loss and a sack versus the Miners...Made the first start of his career versus UT Martin as a redshirt freshman in 2009...Logged eight total tackles, including five solo, in that performance versus the Skyhawks.
Named second-team All-Conference USA in 2011...Listed as an honorable mention All-America pick by Pro Football Weekly...Selected as a third teamer on Phil Steele's All-C-USA Team...Started all 12 games on the defensive line as a junior...One of five Tiger defenders who started every game in 2011...Tallied 33 tackles, 18 of which were solo stops...Was third on the team in TFL with eight for minus 26 yards in 2011...Also posted a sack, three pass breakups, five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble...Matched his career high in tackles with eight against Marshall...Was credited with a tackle in each of the 12 games...Named an MVP as well as the Defensive Player of the Year at the team's post-season banquet.
Named as an honorable mention All-C-USA selection in 2010...One of six Tigers to start all 12 games in 2010, and joined Frank Trotter as a consistent starter on the defensive line...Opened the season with three tackles, all of which were solo stops, against Mississippi State...All three of his tackles limited the Bulldogs to three or fewer yards, and one was for a loss of four yards...Credited with three tackles against ECU, including teaming up with Frank Trotter for a TFL...Set a season high mark with seven tackles versus UTEP...Sacked UTEP's Trevor Vittatoe in the first quarter for a loss of five yards...The play was on 3rd-and-8 and forced UTEP to punt the ball away...Four of his tackles limited the Miners to fewer than three yards...Had another big game against Louisville with six tackles, four of which were solo stops...Logged at least three tackles in the next three games, including a five-tackle effort versus Marshall...Tied a career mark with two TFL against Southern Miss, and didn't give way to Southern Miss gaining more than two yards on his stops...Registered his second sack of the season, for a loss of 11 yards, against Marshall...Closed the season with three tackles, one of which was for a loss of three yards, against UCF...Ended the year ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 41, and fourth in TFL with 6.5...His TFLs generated losses of 27 yards...Was presented one of the Leadership Awards by the coaching staff at the 2011 Blue-Gray Game...Was voted by the media as the Defensive MVP of the 2011 Blue-Gray Game.
Named to C-USA All-Freshman Team...Played in 11 of 12 games, making six starts at nose tackle on the defensive line as a true freshman...Led the team in TFLs with seven, and tied for the team lead in forced fumbles (3)...Tied for third on the team in sacks (2)...Finished the year with 27 tackles, including 18 solo stops...Ranked tied for 31st nationally in forced fumbles per game (.27) and fifth in C-USA...Made his collegiate debut as a true freshman on the defensive line in the season opener against Ole Miss and had one solo tackle...Racked up four solo tackles against Middle Tennessee, including two TFLs for a loss of six yards and a sack for a loss of three yards...Made his first collegiate start against UT Martin and led the team with a career-high eight tackles, including five solo stops...Twice stopped the Skyhawks for no gain on 3rd-and-1...Recorded two tackles in a start against Marshall, including a sack for a loss of one yard that resulted in a fumble that was recovered by the Herd...Credited with two tackles against UTEP, including a TFL for a loss of a yard...Also forced his second career fumble that was recovered by Greg Jackson and resulted in a Memphis touchdown...Tallied two solo tackles against Southern Miss and had his third forced fumble in four games...Started against East Carolina and logged three assisted tackles...Assisted on a TFL for a loss of two yards in the third quarter...Posted two solo tackles in a start against Tennessee...Tallied one tackle against UAB, a TFL for a loss of a yard...Did not play against Houston due to a death in his family...Started against Tulsa and logged two tackles, including an assisted TFL for a loss of two yards.
Played for coach Jesse Allen at Wooddale High...Rated No. 19 among Top 20 prospects in Tennessee by Rivals.com...Selected to participate in the first-ever Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic in 2007...Tabbed by Tennessee Football Magazine as a Phenom 32 all-state honoree...Named to the 2007 MIAA 4A-5A Best of the Preps Team by the Commercial Appeal...Credited with 63 tackles and eight sacks as a junior...Was also a Best of the Preps All-Metro selection in track as a junior...Earned the shot put title for Class 3-A at the state meet with a throw of 56-3.25 as a junior...Defended his title as a senior with a throw of 54-1.25...Also won the discus event in the state meet with a personal best throw of 156-1...Claimed city, district and region track titles as a senior.
Dontari Poe is the son of Sandra Poe and Robert Poe Sr....Born August 18, 1990, in Memphis.