Chattanooga’s Nick Pollard earned national recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his play against The Citadel on Saturday.
Pollard, a junior from Smyrna, Tenn., tied a career-high with five kicks downed inside the Bulldogs’ 20-yard line in the Mocs’ 28-24 victory, and was one of eight to earn Honorable Mention Honors for the CFPA Punter of the Week award.
“Nick Pollard had another phenomenal day,” UTC head coach Russ Huesman said. “Man he’s been so good. We got five inside the 20 and four inside the . He’s a weapon for us and I’m so happy to have him.”
Pollard averaged 39.2 yards per punt on six tries against the Bulldogs, and the only time he wasn’t kicking against a short field, he booted a 53-yarder. Beginning in the second quarter and moving into the third, he had a string of four-straight punts that were downed inside the Bulldogs’ six-yard line. Those Citadel drives ended in a fumble, two punts and the end of the first half.
After a stalled fourth-quarter drive for Chattanooga, Pollard pushed The Citadel back to its own 17. The Bulldogs punted that possession away, setting up the Mocs’ game-winning drive.
Pollard is averaging 40.3 yards per kick this season. The rugby-style punter has seen 14 of his 31 punts downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He is also handling all of the kickoff and place-kicking duties. He’s 3-for-4 on field goal attempts and a perfect 34-for-34 on PATs.
The Mocs (6-2, 4-1 SoCon) return to action Saturday in Boone, N.C., when they take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-6, 2-3). Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelNooga.
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