Saw action in seven games with starts on the offensive line … Started the final two games of the season: vs. Cornell (Nov. 12) and at Brown (Nov. 19).
Appeared in eight games on the Columbia offensive line.
Did not see any game action … Contributed on the offensive line.
A 2014 graduate of All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he played three years of varsity football for head coach Aaron Beck … First team All-Southwest Preparatory Conference lineman in football as a senior ... Named Defensive Most Valuable Player in the Tom Hillary Dallas/Fort Worth Area All-Star Game … Played both offensive line and defensive line in football … In 26 career games played, totaled 12 tackles with 2.5 sacks on the defensive line as a senior … Led the Saints to a perfect 11-0 record, 7-0 SPC record and SPC small school state championship as a senior in 2013 … Helped the All Saints win a 42-7 state title victory over Houston Christian … Won back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior in football, going 22-0 over two years … Led the All Saints to a perfect 11-0 record, 7-0 league record and state title as a junior … Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals … Also played baseball, soccer and basketball … First Team All-SPC in baseball, where he played first base and pitched … Served as team captain in baseball … Played goalie in soccer …
Born John Markham Paukune, Jr. on December 22, 1995 … Son of Mark and Kathy Paukune … Has a sister Grace … Played at same high school as fellow offensive lineman Charlie Flores and quarterback Ryan Suitt … Engaged in community service through his family's outreach foundation … Chose Columbia over offers from Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Rice and Texas State … Enrolled at Columbia College … Majors in Political Science.