Poyer was a consensus All-American and semifinalist for the Bednarik (top defensive player) and Thorpe (top cornerback) Awards. The Pac-12 First Team honoree tied for second in the nation last season with seven interceptions. He is rated among the elite cornerbacks entering the Draft.
Poyer had 16 passes defended and 12 passes broken up to go along with 57 tackles and four interceptions in 2011, his first year as a starter. He was named second-team All-Pac 12 and was also named to the LOTT Impact Trophy Preseason watch list entering his senior season.
Second on the team last season for all-purpose yards with 1,109, a 92.4 yards per game average ... second in the Pac-10 for kickoff return yards per attempt at 27.8 - the seventh-best mark in OSU history for a season ... on the receiving end of a 23-yard fake punt pass from Johnny Hekker that set up OSU's second touchdown vs. TCU ... 34 tackles on defense as a cornerback, where he moved from safety prior to the season ... made two interceptions, returning one 65 yards for a touchdown giving OSU a 10-0 lead in the eventual victory against USC ... played for the Corvallis Knights, a summer wood bat baseball team for college eligible student-athletes.
One of eight true freshmen to play ... 10 tackles on special teams, second most on the team (Brandon Hardin - 11) ... played in all 13 games ... 11 tackles overall for the season, including three against Arizona State and Washington ... also recovered a fumble against the Huskies.
Played quarterback and safety during his three-year varsity career at Astoria ... selected to play for USA Football's 2009 Junior National Team, and helped the team to the title ... blocked a punt in the first game against France that led to a safety ... Oregon's offensive and defensive player of the year ... in three years of varsity football, he accounted for 123 touchdowns ... played in the East-West Shrine Game ... invited to play in the Les Schwab Bowl ... four-year letterwinner in basketball and baseball ... 2009 Cowapa League Player of the Year in basketball ... all-state selection in baseball three times ... All-Cowapa League selection twice ... hit 12 home runs for the state championship baseball team as a freshman ... 42nd round draft selection of the Florida Marlins ... one of just nine players honored as an American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings High School Gold Glove award winner.
Born April 25, 1991 in Dallas, Oregon ... son of Faalaeo and Julie Poyer ... has one brother, Jeramy ... his grandfather, Lynn Baxter, lettered in basketball at Oregon State in 1962 and 1964 ... his father, Faalaeo, played tight end at Eastern New Mexico and his mother Julie played softball at Oregon State before transferring to Eastern New Mexico ... nominated for the Oregon Sports Awards' Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year honor ... selected the recipient of the Brian T. Meehan Oregon Baseball Player of the Year, as selected by The Oregonian ... chose Oregon State because "It felt like home. I love the campus and the community."