Quickly: Last name is pronounced Puh-ping-uh... Had a great spring and will battle for the starting stud position in the fall.
2003 (Fr.): Saw action as a backup linebacker as well as on special teams... Recorded five tackles on the year, while missing four games in the middle of the season due to an injury... Had one tackle for loss... Recovered a fumble against Nebraska.
High School: Was a first-team all-state selection as a senior after earning second-team all-state honors as a junior... Team won state championship his sophomore year... Played both linebacker and tight end... Also played basketball and competed in track... Was an all-state selection in both of those sports as well, winning the state championship in the discus his senior year (162-10).
Personal: Born Jan. 31, 1982 in Evanston, Wyo... Son of Dennis and Vicki Poppinga... Has three sisters and two brothers... Brother Casey was a starting tight end for USU before graduating in 2003 and brother Brady is a starter at BYU... Major is international business and he would like to work in Latin America after graduation... Hobbies include tennis, whitewater rafting, hunting and water skiing.