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Bernard Pollard
Bernard Pollard

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fort Wayne, Ind.

High School:
South Side

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 226

Position:
Strong Safety



Career: Tied for Purdue career lead with two blocked punts (also Todd Stelma, 1997-98 and Jerod Void, 2001-present).

2004: Named second team All-Big Ten by coaches and honorable mention by media ... started all 12 games ... ranked tied for ninth in Big Ten with two forced fumbles ... topped team with 96 tackles (58 solo, 38 assists), including 3.0 for loss and 1.0 sacks, with five pass breakups and one interception ... led squad with four blocked kicks (two punts, one extra point and one field goal) ... forced fumble and came up with interception vs. Syracuse on Sept. 5 ... blocked punt and returned it 17 yards vs. Ball State on Sept. 11 ... recorded 10 tackles (5 solo, 5 assists) at Notre Dame on Oct. 2 ... blocked extra point vs. Wisconsin on Oct. 16 ... had career-high 15 tackles (12 solo, 3 assists) and blocked field goal vs. Michigan on Oct. 23 ... forced fumble vs. Ohio State on Nov. 13 ... came up with 14 tackles (10 solo, 4 assists), two pass breakups and blocked punt vs. Arizona State in Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.

2003: Named first team Freshman All-American by Collegefootballnews.com, second team by The Sporting News and honorable mention by Rivals.com ... selected to Big Ten All-Freshman team by The Sporting News ... appeared in all 13 games, including starting the last 12 ... ranked fifth on team with 66 tackles (42 solo, 24 assists), including 3.5 for loss, with one pass breakup and one fumble recovery ... totaled season-high eight tackles (6 solo, 2 assists), including two for loss, in first start at Wake Forest on Sept. 13 ... had seven tackles (2 solo, 5 assists) and pass breakup vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 27 ... equaled season high of eight tackles (4 solo, 4 assists) to go with fumble recovery at Wisconsin on Oct. 18 ... recorded third eight-tackle game (5 solo, 3 assist) vs. Georgia in Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1.

High School: Ranked as No. 3 player in Indiana and No. 36 safety nationally by Rivals.com ... first team all-state and area Player of the Year as senior after recording 111 tackles with two interceptions and 13 fumbles forced ... finalist for Indiana Mr. Football ... selected to Big 33 squad ... also caught 14 passes for 173 yards (12.4 average) and two touchdowns ... had 103 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries his junior season ... coach was Mark Bailey ... also participated in basketball and track and field ... member of Honor Roll.

Personal: Given name is Bernard Karmell Pollard ... born Dec. 23, 1984 ... sociology major ... interests include computers.