Those who don the black and gold as members of the Golden Eagles
football team's defensive unit know they have a lot to live up to.
No tradition runs deeper at Southern Miss than that of aggressive,
hard-nosed defensive play, a brand of take-no-prisoners football
that has earned the squad a national reputation the current crop
of defenders are looking to continue.
of the 2003 defensive unit are looking for an example of just what
that tradition means, they need look no further than one of their
taskmasters, Outside Linebackers Coach and Special Teams Coordinator
Golden Eagles linebacker played on some of Southern Miss' most successful
teams. Like Southern Miss Defensive Coordinator Tyron Nix, he is
a living, breathing example of the traditions Southern Miss defensive
football is most known for.
constantly aware of that, and the traditions he and past teammates
helped establish are a big part of what drives him to give his best
and senior years," Pollard said, "I was part of the first
two Conference USA championships. Just to see that, to see us becoming
a championship team, that has been a great experience for me.
a graduate, this being my alma mater
just seeing my university
succeed, that's something that drives me to be my best. Not only
do I want us to win because that's my job, but I want to see my
university do well, and be known as one of the top universities
in the nation."
in his fourth year as a full-time assistant coach, has done his
part in helping make that happen. He has guided some of the defense's
top talents as they've established themselves as impact players.
In 2000, one of Pollard's players, Bandit end Terrell Paul, was
named to the Conference USA All Freshman Team.
2001 season, another player under Pollard's tutelage, linebacker
Roy Magee, was named second-team All Conference USA. Pollard helped
coach another linebacker to success in 2002, as Michael Boley was
named to the All Conference USA first team.
It's not surprising
that Pollard has been part of helping the Eagles bury opposing offenses
in recent years, when one considers his professional interests outside
of football. When Pollard was in high school, he worked at his uncle
Jesse Crosby's funeral home in his hometown of Bay Springs.
a lot about life," Pollard said of his time working at the
Bay Springs Funeral Home. "It built a strength in me spiritually.
I just enjoyed it."
that if he ever left coaching, he could see himself going back into
the funeral home business. For now, he enjoys himself when he isn't
coaching by taking part in other athletics-related activities.
a former athlete, I always love doing something pertaining to sports
- going back home, hanging out with some of my old classmates and
playing pick-up softball and basketball," Pollard said.
his wife, Kristina, have a 6-year-old son, Tylor, who Pollard said
is already a fan of Southern Miss football.
standout linebacker hopes plenty of others follow Tylor's lead as
a new season of Golden Eagles football gets underway.
nothing we would rather see than people in those stands supporting
the university," Pollard said. "This is a university to
be proud of, and it's going to continue to be great."