2002: Played in all-12 games as a backup tight end and on special teams ... Recorded eight tackles with a career-high two stops coming at Northwestern and vs. Arkansas State ... Also had tackles against San Jose State, Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin.
2001: Saw action in nine games on special teams and as a backup tight end ... Did not record any statistics.
2000: Redshirted the 2000 season.
High School: Was a three-sport star at Carbondale Community High School in football, baseball, and basketball ... Named to all-south first team defense and offense during senior year ... Also named to all-conference first team defense and offense during senior year for the South Seven conference.
Personal: Born Feb. 6, 1982, in Chicago ... Nickname is ?Es? ... The son of Estus and Diane Hood ... Father played football at Illinois State University from 1974-77 and for the Green Bay Packers from 1977-83 ... An honor roll student at Carbondale Community High School ... Enrolled in the sports management ? Won the Athletic Underclassman of the Year Award in high school ... Represented the USA in Japan in the Pan Am Baseball World Games in 1996 ... Lists father as most influential for athletics because he played professionally ... Hobbies include fishing among other sports and volunteering at a child advocacy center.