Polk closed out his Hoosier career with 40 starts, 31 at free safety and nine at wide receiver, and appeared in 43 overall games. He posted 179 tackles, 131 solo, six tackles for loss, five interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his three years on defense. Polk caught 33 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown in his lone season at wideout.
2009 (Senior): Started 11 games at free safety... finished sixth on the team with 53 tackles and 42 solo stops ... recorded two interceptions, two tackles for loss and four pass breakups ... also returned one kick for 29 yards ... made nine tackles, all solos, vs. No. 24 Wisconsin ... collected eight tackles at No. 23 Michigan and vs. Purdue ... also carded a tackle for loss against the Wolverines ... picked off first pass of the season at Northwestern and second at No. 19 Penn State ... garnered five solo stops and one TFL in the team's win at Akron ... posted five solo tackles in the victory over Illinois and five stops in IU's season-opening triumph over Eastern Kentucky ... made four tackles apiece vs. No. 9 Ohio State and at Virginia ... selected a captain for the Michigan game ... earned the Hoosier Big Play Maker Award on defense along with Austin Thomas.
2008 (Junior): Played in eight games with seven starts at free safety ... missed one game with a knee injury and missed the final three games with a season-ending ACL injury ... finished sixth on the team with 52 tackles and fifth with 40 solos ... recovered one fumble and returned it 31 yards for a score against Ball State ... shared the team lead with two forced fumbles, picked off one pass, broke up two passes and recorded 1.5 tackles for loss ... collected two double-digit tackle games ... matched a career high with 11 tackles and set a career mark with 10 solos vs. Central Michigan ... netted 10 stops, eight solo, against Iowa ... tallied eight tackles, six solo, with a forced fumble and a tackle for loss at Minnesota ... made six stops, picked off a pass and broke up a pass against Murray State ... recorded six tackles, forced a fumble and added a half-tackle for loss in the season opener vs. Western Kentucky ... posted five stops and a pass breakup at Illinois ... named Hoosier special teams player of the week following the Murray State game.
2007 (Sophomore): Switched from wide receiver to safety during the spring of 2007 and started all 13 games at free safety ... finished fifth on the team with 74 tackles to go along with two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 2.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups ... posted 11 tackles, seven solo, with a forced fumble at Michigan State ... recovered a fumble, picked off a pass, recorded a tackle for loss and collected five tackles in the Insight Bowl vs. Oklahoma State ... made eight tackles and caught a pass at Wisconsin ... notched seven tackles and recorded his first career forced fumble at Iowa ... made three tackles and recorded his first career interception against PSU.
2006 (Freshman): Appeared in 11 games and started nine times at wideout ... finished third on the team with 32 catches and was named Freshman All-Big Ten and earned a spot as a Sporting News Freshman All-American for his efforts ... made a career-high five catches for 56 yards at Illinois ... led the team with four catches for 45 yards against Wisconsin.
2005: Redshirted the 2005 season.
Prep/Personal: Wide receiver and defensive back for head coach Elliott Lightfoot, where he earned all-state defense and all-conference offense and defense laurels as a senior ... earned second team all-conference honors as a junior and third team accolades as a sophomore ... caught 32 passes for 682 yards and nine touchdowns ... had eight interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns ... parents are Rick and Laura Polk ... born on Oct. 6, 1986, Nicholas Dione Polk is a general studies major.
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