Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Raiders Look to Pollard but This Time It's Rico, Not Robert

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Raiders Look to Pollard but This Time It's Rico, Not Robert

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The name Pollard and football are synonymous at Orange Park.

This year it is Rico Pollard, the younger brother of Parade

All-American running back Robert Pollard, who will be attracting

local attention.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Rico Pollard was switched from running

back to quarterback during spring practice. This year's OP

offense will be built around his athletic ability and Raiders

coaches are excited about the possibilities of Pollard behind

center.

"He brings so much to the quarterback position," OP coach Bob

Williams said. "His scrambling ability should benefit us

greatly. I am impressed with how smart he is. He is also a good

student."

When asked about playing quarterback, Pollard said he "was

looking forward to it since spring practice went all right."

He said his biggest strength will be taking pressure off the

running backs. Expectations are high that the Raiders ground

game -- with Henry Brock, Javon Thomas, Don Carey and Pollard --

could be very effective this season.

Pollard has confidence in his offensive line but he wants them

to be in top condition this year. Last year's line struggled in

terms of stamina, according to coaches.

"The line will do good if they work hard in practice. I will be

getting on them if they are not in shape," Pollard said with a

laugh.

Pollard said his biggest adjustment will be reading defenses

and getting used to the inexperienced receive corps. He said he

is comfortable in his ability to throw the football, especially

after attending a passing camp this summer in Orlando. …

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