USF Football BIO
74 Mark Popek
2012 Outland Trophy Watch List
2012: Started nine games at guard and tackle, missing Syracuse, UConn and Cincinnati due to an ankle injury ... earned second-team All-BIG EAST honors.
2011: Started all 12 games at left tackle ... anchored an offense that averaged 432.8 yards of total offense (30th NCAA/2nd BE), 183.2 rushing yards (31st NCAA/1st BE) and 249.6 passing yards (42nd NCAA/2nd BE) ... also helped lead the conference in sacks allowed (30th NCAA) after giving up just 1.3 per game ... helped the Bulls post six games with at least 400 yards of total offense and three games with over 500 yards.
2010: Saw action in eight games, making four starts, at tackle.
2009: Played in 12 games, starting five of the last six, at tackle ... an All-BIG EAST Freshman team honoree according to ESPN.com and Sporting News ... worked almost exclusively at tackle ... also participated on the field goal unit.
PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the 83rd-best offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com ... named 5A second-team all-state ... ranked 12th-best player in Tampa/St. Pete area by the Tampa Bay Times ... selected to various all-state teams including All-Suncoast and all-county ... chose USF over Illinois and Vanderbilt.
PERSONAL: Son of Dennis and Sharon Popek ... last name is pronounced PO-peck ... graduated in Spring 2012 with a degree in criminology and was working towards a second bachelor's degree.