2014: Two-time MAC East Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 8 and 22)… Earned CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Week and the National Linebacker of the Week (Sept. 22)… Named Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 23)… Saw action in all 12 games for the Bobcats, and started 10… Led the team with 89 total tackles on the season, and 60 solo stops… Compiled 8.5 tackles for 35 yards lost… Recorded five sacks on the season for 30 yards… Totaled three interceptions against Idaho (Sept. 20) for 77 yards… Had 12 solo stops against Northern Illinois (Nov. 18)… Finished the season with three quarterback hurries and pass breakups.
Prior to Ohio: Finished his high school career with 509 tackles, 20 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and nine interceptions... Earned First Team All-Ohio in both his junior and senior seasons... Three-time All-Northwest Ohio honoree... Named Defensive Player of the Year in Northwest Ohio following his senior year... Three-time Western Buckeye League (WBL) recipient... Named the WBL Defensive Back of the Year after his senior year... Four-year letterwinner... Posted a combined record of 33-15 during his time on the varsity football team... Helped his squad to the state playoffs in each of his final three years in high school... Guided his team to a 10-4 record and a trip to the Ohio State Semifinals during his junior year... Also competed on the varsity Track and Wrestling.
Personal: Born Aug. 17, 1994... Son of Kenneth and Marisha Poling... One of five children... Member of the National Honors Society... Served as his class Vice President... Enjoys Kayaking, fishing, hunting and playing basketball... Intends on majoring in Pre-Exercise Physiology.