About Linnenkohl... Three-year starter in the outfield... will play a major role there again this season... will also play a significant leadership role as a senior... possesses a rare combination of power and speed and has the ability to change a game with both... high-energy player and excellent all-around athlete... spent the summer of 2006 with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League... majoring in psychology... born June 6, 1986 in Olympia, Wash... younger brother, Alex, is an offensive lineman on the Oregon State football team... father, Bill, was a Division II All-American linebacker at Puget Sound in 1975 and was inducted into the school's athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
In 2007... Started 53 games and played in 57 total... hit .292 with eight homers, 50 runs scored and 29 RBIs... had a team-high 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts... started 47 games in the leadoff spot... finished the season with an on-base percentage of .412, third-best on the team... finished second on the team in runs and total bases... had a stretch from April 10 to May 2 where he had a hit in 15 of 16 games, including nine multi-hit performances... hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 11th inning in Wake Forest's 3-2 defeat of Charlotte on April 24... hit a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth against Texas in the NCAA Tournament on June 3... recorded a hit in 20 of 21 games from March 31 - May 17.
In 2006... Limited to 23 games due to injuries... hit .273 with two home runs on the season... drove in 16 runs and scored six runs... went 3-for-4 in his first game of the season against UNC Wilmington on Feb. 17, hitting for two RBIs and scoring a run... hit his first home run of the season against UNCW in the next game... had another three-hit game against Miami on May 14, driving in another three runs... went 2-for-5 against Elon on March 8 when he hit his second home run of the season.
In 2005... Started all 58 games for the Deacons... batted .253 with three triples, four home runs, 44 RBIs and 10 stolen bases... struggled adjusting to the college game early, but exploded over the final two months of the season and turned in one of the better rookie campaigns in Wake Forest history... over the first half of the season, batted just .220 with no home runs, 11 RBIs and three stolen bases, but batted .302 with four home runs, 33 RBIs and seven stolen bases over the Deacons' final 25 games... ranked among the top 10 in Wake Forest freshman history in at-bats (217, t-2nd), runs (44, t-6th), stolen bases (4th), triples (t-5th) and RBIs (9th).
Prior to Wake Forest... Earned three letters playing outfield, first base, third base and catcher... named all-conference at first base as a sophomore... then named all-conference again as a junior, but at the utility spot... named conference MVP at catcher as a senior after stealing a school-record 28 bases in 20 games... earned All-Washington first team during senior season... participated in all-state games... also earned three letters in football and was named all-conference at strong safety... drew interest from colleges based on football ability, in addition to baseball.