UTC's Pollard Receives National Punting Recognition

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior punter Nick Pollard earned national recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his play against The Citadel this weekend.  Pollard tied a career-high with five kicks downed inside the Bulldogs’ 20-yard line in the Mocs’ 28-24 win.  He was one of eight to earn Honorable Mention Honors for the CFPA Punter of the Week award. 

Pollard averaged 39.2 yards per punt on six tries against The Citadel.  The only time he was not kicking against a short field, he pounded a 53-yarder.  Starting in the second quarter and moving into the third, he had a string of four-straight punts that were downed inside the Bulldog’s six-yard line.  The ensuing Citadel drives ended in a fumble, punt, end of the half and another punt. 

After a stalled Chattanooga drive in the fourth quarter, Pollard pushed The Citadel back to its own 17.  The Bulldogs punted that possession away, setting up the Mocs’ game-winning drive. 

Pollard, a native of Smyrna, Tenn., is averaging 40.3 yards per kick on the season.  The rugby-style punter has seen 14 of his 31 punts downed inside his opponents’ 20-yard line. He is also handling all of the kickoffs and place-kicking duties.  He is 3-4 on field goals and 34-34 on PATs. 

Chattanooga visits Appalachian State (2-6, 2-3 SoCon) this weekend.  The Mocs are 6-2 for the first time since 1997 and tied with Wofford for second place in the Southern Conference race at 4-1.  Kickoff against the Mountaineers is set for 3:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Boone, N.C.  Tune into ESPN Radio 105.1 The Zone for all of the action.


PHOTOS: Championship Night At The State Wrestling Tournament

Pigeon Forge, Hixson One-Two In A-AA State Wrestling

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Pigeon Forge came into the A-AA division of the traditional state wrestling tournament as one of the early favorites after winning the State Duals title two weeks ago and now they have the second team title as well. The Tigers finished with three champions and one second-place finisher among six medalists as they finished a successful two-day run here at ... (click for more)

Man Found With 2,218 Grams Of Crystal Meth At East Ridge Motel; 2nd Man Has 44.5 Grams Of Meth

Authorities arrested two men outside an East Ridge motel with one having 2,218 grams of meth in a backpack and the other 44.5 grams of meth. Samuel Swafford was the man with the backpack and William Hayden Masengale had the other large amount of meth. Swafford and Lacy Norris are charged with being felons in possession of over 50 grams of meth. On Jan. 12, law enforcement ... (click for more)

2 People Shot After Domestic Dispute In Brainerd; Corey Moon Taken Into Custody On Saturday Night

Two people were shot during a domestic dispute in Brainerd late Friday night.   Chattanooga Police responded at 11:17 p.m. to the 4700 block of Rogers Road on a shooting. The following are the preliminary facts of that investigation.   Officers were able to locate two victims, Cortez Moon, 23, and Terri Dossett, 45, suffering from non-life threatening gunshot ... (click for more)

CVB Strengthens Hamilton County - And Response (5)

Rather than Tim Boyd lashing out at the great work that the CVB does he should reflect on the Return on Investment that Bob Doak and his team give the County.   The hotel/motel tax is paid by tourists, not locals, so there is no extra tax burden to the citizens of Hamilton County. The County portion, as Commissioner Boyd notes, funds the CVB so the more ad dollars that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Ain’t Gonna Work

In the last seven days, there have been seven different people who have been shot in separate incidents in Chattanooga. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a total $223,656 in street cameras and accessories to take pictures of our gangstas when the cops already know them by first names. Late last month it was announced the Chattanooga Police Department would double our gang violence ... (click for more)