Bears' Jeron Poole to Texas All-Star Game
Linebacker Jeron Poole has become the first Missouri State University football player of the Terry Allen Era to gain selection to a postseason all-star game. Poole has accepted an invitation to play in the Texas vs. The Nation Senior Bowl, set for Feb. 2, 2008, at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
Heading into its second year, the Texas vs. The Nation Senior Bowl is becoming one of the premiere postseason senior bowls in the country in the eyes of National Football League general managers, coaches and scouts. From the 107-man rosters for the two teams in the 2007 inaugural event, nearly 80 percent signed contract with NFL teams.
Poole, a Bears’ senior co-captain in 2007, has been a two-year starter for MSU at middle linebacker. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder from Austin, Texas, was one of Allen’s first recruits to Missouri State early in 2006. Poole had spent two seasons at College of the Sequoias in California.
Poole was in on 47 tackles for the Bears as a junior in 2006, and, this year, he and linebacker running mate Jeremy Dawson were the team leaders in that department all season. Dawson finished with 99 total stops and Poole 97 through the Bears’ season-finale 55-17 win over Southeast Missouri State Saturday at Plaster Field as Missouri State wrapped up a 6-5 season. Poole had five tackles for losses on the year, two sacks, one pass interception, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. His returned his lone recovery 43 yards for a touchdown in the Bears’ win over Indiana State.