Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2015)
Nebraska native Garrett Poppen will look to compete for playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2015. The 6-1, 215-pound Poppen hopes to add depth at linebacker this fall, while also working to compete for playing time on the Husker special teams. Poppen was a standout at Giltner High School, one of the top eight-man programs in the state.
Poppen redshirted his first season at Nebraska and worked on the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Giltner HS)
Poppen started on both sides of the ball at Giltner High School, and had more than 225 tackles in his career for Coach Jeff Ashby, including 124 tackles during his senior season. Poppen also rushed for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior and caught 23 passes, including two touchdowns. His play as a senior helped Giltner to a 9-2 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the Class D-2 state playoffs.
As a junior in 2012, Poppen helped Giltner to a perfect 13-0 record and a state title. Poppen totaled more than 1,600 rushing yards and had 24 rushing touchdowns, while also catching 61 passes with 13 touchdowns during his career. As a senior, Poppen was a second-team All-Nebraska defensive selection by the Omaha World-Herald, while earning first-team Class D-2 all-state honors from the World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. Poppen earned all-district honors as both a sophomore and junior.
The son of John and Kris Poppen, Garrett was born on Oct. 9, 1995. He is majoring in management, and is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Poppen has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes and local hospital visits.