Cody Poock, the former Spirit Lake High School and Iowa Western Community College standout was primed for a breakout season after signing his national letter of intent to play for the Golden Gophers in December of 2013. Poock was coming off a season in which he led Iowa Western with 73 tackles and earned All-Midwest Football Conference honors. In the spring of 2014, Poock suffered an unfortunate ACL tear after looking primed for a big year for the Gophers.
After taking being named the Gophers Defensive Work Team Player of the Year last year while redshirting, Poock looks to be close to 100%, if not completely recovered from that knee injury. The Spirit Lake (Iowa) native has looked physical and explosive, while displaying instincts that most linebackers don't have.
Minnesota needs someone to step up and replace Wilson's production as he accumulated 119 tackles (most tackles by a Gopher since Kim Royston made 123 in 2011), led team with 10.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for team lead with 4.0 sacks, recorded one interception, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries Wilson was also named to the media's All-Big Ten First Team and the coaches' All-Big Ten Second Team, plus received the team's Carl Eller Award (outstanding defensive player) and Linebacker of the Year honors.
GopherDigest's Ryan Burns discusses how he thinks Cody Poock could be the one to replace the production of Damien Wilson with Scout's Jonathan Kahn.