A week later, Pollack entered the national college football consciousness with a 14-tackle game at South Carolina, highlighted by an ESPY-worthy "interception" of quarterback Corey Jenkins in the end zone.
Clemson avoided the worst. Rather, Pollack's best. This time around, the Tigers know what to expect.
"There's no doubt we're going to be aware of where he is," says Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden, who gets another look at Pollack when the Tigers host Georgia at noon Saturday. "He's probably the No. 1 defensive lineman in the country. You want to know where he is at all times."
Stopping Pollack is a priority, but Clemson hasn't developed any complex game plan to slow him down.
"If you do too much as far as, say, giving your linemen help with a back or extra length of time on a double team where you free up a backer, you create some weaknesses in some other areas," Bowden explained. "(We'll) try to have some plan, but one where it won't weakened us in other areas."
Bowden got to know Pollack during the recruiting process, and is a fan." You get around him, and he could be a politician," Bowden said. "He's an outgoing guy, very enthusiastic. I can imagine in the huddle and in practice that he's very much a team leader."
One would think that practicing against the returning SEC Player of the Year and first-team all-American defensive end would help a young offensive line learn the ropes.
Pollack isn't a friend of on offensive linemen, regardless of the uniform.
"I don't know, it may just hurt their confidence," said Georgia coach Mark Richt with a smile.
"Really, he has no mercy on 'em because he remembers when he was a freshman (offensive tackle Jon) Stinchcomb throwing him around a little bit. He didn't feel like he got any mercy. Gosh, he plays so well and so hard in practice that not many guys get the best of him. "I think playing in the game has got to be easier, a little bit, maybe a little bit easier. I'm not sure he's helped anybody on offense."
Tigers Focus on Pollack
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