#26 - John Popper
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)
2008: Played in all 11 games for the Crusaders as a junior ... earned Second Team All-Pioneer Football League honors as a return specialist ... ranked 18th in the nation and second in the league averaging 12.0 yards per punt return ... returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown at Campbell ... had a season-long 59-yard kickoff return against Butler ... added a 38-yard punt return against Marian (Ind.) ... tallied nine carries for 65 yards, including a long of 24 against Concordia (Wis.) ... named team’s Special Teams Player of the Week against Butler and Campbell ... also named PFL Player of the Week on November 16 after the Campbell contest ... named to the Pioneer Football League Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2007: Appeared in 10 games, making three starts ... earned Honorable Mention All-Pioneer Football League honors as a return specialist ... returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against San Diego ... carried 16 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns at Jacksonville ... second in the Pioneer Football League averaging 24.5 yards per kick return and also with 136.6 all purpose yards per game ... named team’s Offensive Player of the Week against both Drake and San Diego ... team’s Special Teams Player of the Week against Kalamazoo and San Diego.
2006: Played in all 11 games for the Crusaders, starting the final eight ... led the Crusaders in rushing with 567 yards ... finished second on the squad with 27 pass receptions ... carried 29 times for 139 yards in season finale against Aurora ... scored first career touchdown against Morehead State ... also ran for a score against Jacksonville and caught a touchdown pass at San Diego ... made six catches against Jacksonville ... hauled in four passes for 63 yards against Butler ... finished eighth in the Pioneer Football League averaging 51.5 yards rushing per game ... team’s Offensive Player of the Game against Aurora ... named to the PFL Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Prep: A three-year letterwinner for the Shamrocks ... a First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference Buckeye Division selection as a senior ... received Special Mention All-District honors in 2005 ... Al Crawford Award recipient as a senior ... received Rock Pride Award as a sophomore ... also lettered in baseball and track and field.
Personal: John is the son of John and Mary Popper ... major is accounting ... born May 7, 1988.
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