Corvallis, Ore- Oregon State hasn't had much to celebrate during a 2-5 start to the season, but the one bright spot has been defensive back Jordan Poyer.
Poyer is having quite the junior season.
His three interceptions are the second most in the Pac-12, add in his special teams abilities, and Poyer is one of the most feared players in the conference.
"I feel like I prepare really well. Week in and week out, I come in with a plan on how to attack the offense. It's a lot of film study."
Fueled by any doubters, Poyer plays with a chip on his shoulder.
"I definitely feel like coming out of high school no one really believed a little kid from 4A Astoria, Oregon could make it at the Division I level."
That little kid from Astoria played as a true freshman and has grown into a defensive leader. Opposing wide receivers still try to get in Poyer's head, but that just motivates him more.
"It's just part of the game. There are guys out there that will be talking on your head. I don't talk until I hear someone talking. It can be anything, shoot, I've heard people talking about people's mamas. It's just stuff like that."
He has fun but stays focused, he's playful but poised, and much like his speed, his time at Oregon State has been a blur.
"It goes by fast. I can remember it like yesterday when I was a freshman, so just being here with this group of guys, I'm just trying to enjoy my junior year."