Tony Pollard, RB-WR-KR, Memphis #1

5115, 208, 4.49

Notes: From Memphis, TN. Redshirted in 2015. Played in all 13 games and made 7 starts, rushed 31 times for 159 yards (5.1 avg.) and 1 touchdown, caught 29 passes for 298 yards (10.3 avg.) and 2 TDs, returned 38 kickoffs for 1,068 yards (28.1 avg.) and 2 TDs and returned 1 punt for 9 yards in 2016. Played in all 13 games, rushed 31-230-2 (7.7 avg.), caught 36-536-4 (14.9 avg.), led the nation in kickoff returns 22-881-4 (40.0 avg.) and had 1 punt return for 2 yards in 2017. Played all 14 games, rushed 768-552-6 (7.1 avg.), caught 39-458-3 (11.7 avg.) and returned kickoffs 27-667-1 (24.7 avg.) in 2018. Finished with career 30.1 kickoff return average and 7 touchdowns.

Positives: Electrifying all-purpose runner-receiver-return specialist. Outstanding kickoff returner who is a threat to score every time. Very good balance, acceleration and speed. Stays on his feet and fights for yards as a runner, then can pull away when there is daylight. Makes defenders miss in the open field. Has a nose for the endzone. Protects the ball nicely. Excellent receiving threat out of the backfield. Good feel in the passing game.

Negatives: Not a prototype, refined, every-down prospect at either running back or wide receiver. Needs work on blitz pickups and route-running discipline and precision.

Summary: Big-play threat who can contribute in many ways. Potentially a Tarik Cohen with better size.

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