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Pollard Followed His Dreams From Day One


(Editor's Note: Now that offseason practices are in full swing, let's get to know 30 Cowboys players who are new to the current 90-man roster. Today we continue the series with running back Tony Pollard.)

How He Got Here: Pollard was drafted by the Cowboys in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Born and raised in the Memphis area, he chose to 'stay home' and play receiver at the University of Memphis, and was considered one of the best kick returners in college football in 2018. He tied an NCAA record with seven kickoff returns for touchdowns, averaging 30.1 yards per return.

Bet You Didn't Know: Pollard's family owns a barbeque joint in Memphis, Pollard's Bar-B-Que. The institution opened in 1996 and is known to be very well-liked by both regulars and tourists in the Memphis area.

Quotable: "Growing up, all my life, even when I was little, I knew I wanted to be in the NFL. You know in first and second grade, when you had teachers that asked you what you wanted to be when you grow up, I tell them an NFL player. Their answer was 'Be realistic, what's your next option?' But in my head, I always knew I was better than most people. That was me being realistic." – Tony Pollard

Bryan Broaddus' Take: There has been plenty of hype regarding Tony Pollard and the potential for him this upcoming season. If you had to bet on a rookie that would be a difference maker, Pollard would be receiving his share of the votes. What makes Pollard interesting is that not only were the scouts high on him but the coaches were fighting for him as well. Before the draft I was getting word the Gary Brown and Phillip Tanner were leading the initial charge then were joined by Kellen Moore. With that kind of backing in was clear that the staff had a plan for Pollard before he was even selected. At this moment, it appears that Darius Jackson is the primary backup to Ezekiel Elliott that could change after that first preseason game against the 49ers.

Role/Roster Chances: Pollard has, without a doubt, been the most electrifying draft pick throughout OTA's and minicamps. The excitement grows when contemplating the newness and mystique of Kellen Moore's plans with this offense, because Pollard has a way of fitting into multiple roles at ease. Coaches tell me he's confident, wide-eyed, and picks up on things easily. I think he's a surefire fit for this roster, but there are still questions on where Tavon Austin – a similar player – will fit in the numbers game.

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