Poe Named Honorable Mention To Pro Football Weekly All-America Team
Dec. 12, 2011
MEMPHIS, TENN. -
Junior defensive lineman Dontari Poe was named to the Pro Football Weekly All-America Team as an honorable mention pick as released by the publication Monday.
Poe, who was named last week to the All-Conference USA second team, started all 12 games on the defensive line this season, and has made 30 starts for the Tigers during his three-year career. He tallied 33 tackles, including 18 solo stops, and was third on the team in TFL with eight for minus 26 yards in 2011. Poe also posted a sack, three pass breakups, five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. He matched his career high in tackles with eight against Marshall. At the team’s post-season banquet, he was named an MVP as well as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Poe and Marshall’s defensive end Vinny Curry were the only two Conference USA players listed on the Pro Football Weekly All-America Team. Curry was also an honorable mention pick.
PFW’s All-America team annually honors the most talented players in college football and is determined based on considerable feedback from NFL evaluators taking into consideration a player’s pure talent and contribution to his team. Unlike many other teams rewarding the best college football players, PFW places an extra premium on true talent and draft value in the selection process. However, participants are expected to have contributed for the bulk of the season, leaving off some talented prospects who were limited this season. Extra attention was paid to qualities such as toughness, competitiveness and work ethic.
Editor’s note: Juniors are marked by one asterisk (*), draft-eligible sophomores have two (**), true sophomores have three (***) and freshmen have four (****).
Trent Richardson, Alabama*
Montee Ball, Wisconsin*
David Wilson, Virginia Tech*