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Tony Pollard selected in fourth round by Dallas Cowboys

By Updated: April 28, 2019 1:29 PM CT | Published: April 27, 2019 12:56 PM CT

Former Tiger kick returner/wide receiver Tony Pollard was selected Saturday by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Pollard became the second Tiger drafted this year. Running back Darrell Henderson was taken Friday by the Los Angeles Rams with the 70th overall pick in the draft.

Pollard played a versatile role under coach Mike Norvell, getting reps at running back and wide receiver. He rushed for 941 yards and nine touchdowns while catching 104 passes for 1,292 yards and nine receiving touchdowns. No other Tiger produced more all-purpose yards in the last two years.

In addition to his rushing and receiving numbers, Pollard could earn a slot with Dallas as a kick returner.

The Memphis native tied the NCAA record for kickoff return touchdowns with seven. He broke a 20-year drought in 2016 when he returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a 34-27 win over the Temple Owls. Special teams play earned him All-American honors in 2017. 

Teams started kicking away from Pollard in his last season at Memphis, so he returned only one kickoff for a touchdown. That was a 97-yard return in the Birmingham Bowl that tied the NCAA record. 

Henderson, who was selected No. 70 overall by the Rams, and Pollard being picked make it consecutive years where two Tigers were picked in the NFL Draft. Anthony Miller and Genard Avery were the two Tigers selected in 2018.


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Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan was born and raised in Memphis, graduated from the University of Memphis and has covered the Memphis Tigers for three years. When he's not writing, he enjoys golfing and eating barbecue.


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