Awards and Honors:
- Two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2011, 2012)
- 2012 KU[apos]s Forrest Hoglund Student-Athlete Award
- 2010 KU[apos]s Bob Allison Rookie of the Year
- Eight-time Big 12 Commissioner[apos]s Honor Roll
- Eight-time Athletic Director[apos]s Honor Roll
- 2009-10 Jayhawk Scholar
2012 (Junior): Earned selection to Academic All-Big 12 First Team for second-straight season … Pitched in 26 games, making one start … Recorded a team-best five saves in 38 2/3 innings … Tallied 32 strikeouts … Earned first save against Bowling Green (Feb. 18), tossing a perfect inning … Struck out the side against North Dakota (March 6) to earn his second save … Recorded a four-out save against Houston Baptist (March 18) … Saved KU[apos]s first conference win, pitching a scoreless ninth against Texas Tech (March 31) … Tossed a season-high five innings of relief against Wichita State (April 10) … Recorded a season-high four strikeouts at UALR (May 1) … Made first start of season against Missouri at Big 12 Championship (May 26).
Summer 2011: Pitched for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League … Manager was Mike Coombs … Made six starts and posted four wins with 36 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings on the mound.
2011 (Sophomore): Made 14 appearances, including 13 starts … Went 3-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 71 1/3 innings … Recorded 47 strikeouts and 35 walks … Went 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in Big 12 games … Held opponents to a .230 batting average with men on base … Recorded two quality starts … Allowed one run on three hits over six innings, but took a no-decision at No. 1 TCU (Feb. 20) … Recorded second career save pitching three innings against Iowa (Feb. 28) … Held Oklahoma State to two runs on seven hits over seven innings to earn first victory of the season (March 20) … Won start against No. 4 Texas, where he allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings … Matched a season-high with six strikeouts over four innings against Alabama A&M (May 14).
2010 (Freshman): Named team[apos]s Rookie of the Year … Pitched in 20 games, making nine starts … Posted a 3-4 record with a 5.25 ERA in 61 2/3 innings … Recorded a 1-1 record and a 5.63 ERA in Big 12 games … Went 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA in 10 road games … Held opponents to a .262 batting average … Pitched a scoreless inning of relief in collegiate debut against Gonzaga with two strikeouts (Feb. 27) … Allowed no runs on no hits to Saint Mary in his first collegiate start (March 9), to earn his first win … Suffered a tough-luck loss at Tulane (March 16), allowing one unearned run on seven hits over six innings … Pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief at Baylor (March 28), in series finale … Collected first career save, recording final two outs of win over Missouri State (March 31) … Tallied season-high four strikeouts in four innings of relief at Texas (April 11) … Earned series clinching victory at Nebraska (April 18), allowing one run on four hits over six innings … Received no decision after going 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits at Oklahoma State (May 2).
Girard HS: Lettered four years in baseball for head coach Keith Matlock … A two-time all-league and all-area pitcher … Helped team qualify for region championship in 2008 … Also lettered four years in basketball and three in football … Named all-area, all-state and team MVP in basketball … An all-league and all-area tight end in football … Led basketball team to two undefeated regular seasons and second and third-place finishes at the state tournament … Played summer baseball for the Baxter Springs legion team … Finished high school with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born in Girard, Kan. … Son of Gaylar and Angie Poppe … Older sister, Marissa Poppe, plays basketball at Pittsburg State … An exercise science major.