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Dontari Poe Biography
Dontari Poe was born August 18, 1990 and is an Americanfootball defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs. He played collegefootball at Memphis. He is considered one of the best defensive tackle prospectsfor the 2012 NFL Draft.
As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Poe played in 11 of 12 gameshe did not playagainst Houston (November 21) due to a death in his familyfor the Tigers,including six starts at nose tackle, and finished the year with 27 tackles,including 18 solo stops. He led the team in tackles for losses with seven, andtied for the team lead in forced fumbles (3). He also added two quarterbacksacks, which tied for third-most. His performance earned him a Conference USAAll-Freshman Team selection.
In his sophomore year, Poe became a consistent starter onthe defensive line. He was one of six Tigers to start all 12 games in 2010, andended the year ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 41, and fourth in TFLwith 6.5 (for a total loss of 27 yards). In the season opener againstMississippi State, he registered three tackles (all solo stops), all of whichlimited the Bulldogs to three or fewer yards, and one was for a loss of fouryards. In a game versus UTEP, Poe had a season-high seven tackles, four ofwhich limited the Miners to fewer than three yards. He also managed to sackUTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe on a 3rd-and-8 in the first quarter for a lossof five yards. In October at Louisville, Poe registered six tackles (foursolo). For the year, Poe earned an All-Conf-USA honorable mention.
Prior to his junior season, he drew attention for his weightroom performance and was named one of the 10 strongest men in collegefootball by ESPN′s Bruce Feldman. During theseason, Poe started all 12 games on the defensive line and recorded at least onetackle in each game, tallying 33 tackles, 18 of which were solo stops. He alsoranked third on the team with eight TFLs (for a loss of 26 yards). In November,in a game against Marshall, Poe tied his career high in tackles with eight. Hewas selected second-team All-Conference USA, and was listed as an honorablemention All-America pick by Pro Football Weekly, which evaluates players on NFLprospects and draft value rather just college production.
On December 23, 2011, Poe announced that he would forgo hissenior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Soon thereafter, he announced thathe signed with agent Jimmy Sexton of Creative Artists Agency. He concludedhis college career having played in 35 contests (30 starts), recording 101tackles (57 unassisted), 21.5 TFL, five sacks, four pass break-ups and fourforced fumbles.
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