Jackets' Poag expecting to play tight end at WCU

Versatile athlete capable of playing both sides
Feb. 12, 2013 @ 10:51 AM

Roderick Poag made his mark as a defensive player for Forest Hills’ football team in 2012, but he’s probably going to play on offense for Western Carolina University this summer.
Poag was spectacular at times for the Yellow Jackets as a senior, turning three of his five interceptions into touchdowns. What made it even more impressive was the mobility he displayed as a massive 6-foot-3, 215-pound cornerback.
Poag’s combination of size, speed and agility are why the Catamounts signed him to a football scholarship last week.
Jackets coach John Lowery said the Western coaching staff signed Poag as an athlete, and believe he’s capable of developing into an outside linebacker or a defensive end.
But at least this year, Poag expects to play tight end for the Southern Conference school.
“They say I can play on both sides of the ball but they need a tight end so I’m probably going to play tight end,” Poag said. “They have new coaches and stuff and they are looking for players to win. I just want to go in there and work hard and plan to win.”
Poag caught two passes for the Jackets as a senior, and turned both into touchdowns covering 70 and 40 yards. His interception returns for TD covered 57, 34 and 21 yards.
Poag took his official visit to Western the weekend before signing.
“The coaches are nice and cool,” Poag said. “I like the area ... It feels like home up there.
“All I’m used to seeing is trees ... there are a bunch of trees and mountains and the view is nice and I’m not used to seeing it, so it’s something new.”