Clock ticking for underclassmen; one more declares

By | January 12, 2019

Clock ticking for underclassmen; one more declares … Underclassmen still thinking about entering the 2019 draft have just over 48 hours now to get paperwork into the league offices in order to be eligible if they have not done so already. And over the last day or so one more junior has announced that he will be joining that group in Memphis junior RB/WR/KR Tony Pollard. Pollard isn’t as well known as RB Darrell Henderson his former Tigers’ teammate who announced earlier this month that he will be leaving school early to enter the draft, but he is an interesting prospect in his own right. Indeed, the 5-11, 210-pound Pollard brings new meaning to the term slash player as he totaled almost 1,600 all-purpose yards this fall including 550 on the ground and another 460 yards on 39 receptions. Pollard also has has been one of the most electrifying KO return specialists in the country with a 30.1 yards per return career average and 7 career kick return TDs; that included 2017 when he led the nation with a remarkable 40 yards per return average that included 4 return TDs and earned him several All-America nods. At the same time, a handful of underclassmen have indicated this weekend that they will be returning to school next fall including CBs Damon Arnette of Ohio State and California sophomore Camryn Byrum; LSU DT Rashard Lawrence; WRs Chase Claypool of Notre Dame and Penn State’s Juwan Johnson (who will transfer); Vanderbilt TE Jared Pinckeny; and Cal ILB Evan Weaver. GBN Investigative College Football Analyst Larry Parker contributed to this report.