Lytrel Pollard
Lytrel Pollard

Hometown:
Bay Springs, Miss.

Position:
Cornerbacks

Birthdate:
04/03/1976

Alma Mater:
Southern Miss, 1998


Lytrel Pollard is entering his second season with the Tiger football team. He was hired in February 2008 to guide the cornerbacks.

This past year, Pollard was part of a defensive staff that helped Memphis improve from 100th to 57th nationally in total defense in just one season. Three of Pollard's corners ranked in the top 10 on the team in tackles, including junior college transfer D.A. Griffin, who was fourth on the squad with 64 tackles. Griffin, Michael Grandberry and Deante' Lamar also combined for 14 pass breakups and three interceptions.

No stranger to the Tigers or Conference USA, Pollard spent nine seasons on Jeff Bower's staff at Southern Miss as the defensive backs coach as well as the special teams coordinator. A former standout Golden Eagle linebacker, Pollard had previously worked with linebackers for six years before taking over the defensive backs.

In 2007, Pollard guided the USM defensive backs which logged 17 interceptions and was led by C-USA standout Brandon Sumrall. Sumrall totaled six picks for 101 yards and made one return for a touchdown that season, and was named to the All-C-USA first team. He also tied for 18th nationally in interceptions and tallied eight pass breakups. In addition, defensive backs C.J. Bailey and Chico Hunter were named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.

Consistent defensive leaders in Conference USA, USM ranked second in C-USA in total defense and pass defense while leading the league in red zone defense. Pollard also guided the special teams unit, which was highlighted by punter Britt Barefoot, who ranked second in C-USA and 25th nationally in punting. The Golden Eagles, as a team, ranked second in the league in net punting and were also second in kickoff coverage.

Pollard coached the 2005 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and All-American Kevis Coley, who posted 150 tackles, the sixth-best performance in school history. Coley's total tackles ranked No. 8 nationally, while his solos (81) stood No. 7 nationally.

Pollard also led a strong special teams unit in 2005, as All-American and All-C-USA performer Darren McCaleb, who was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, set the school single-season record with 23 field goals and most points in a season (107). In addition, All-America punter Luke Johnson was the No. 1 punter in the league and was ranked No. 7 nationally in yards per punt (44.9).

In 2004, Pollard coached outside linebacker Michael Boley, who left his mark as one of the greatest linebackers to ever play at USM. He was a two-time All-American, including consensus honors in 2004, the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and a three-time All-C-USA selection. Boley was tabbed a national semifinalist for the Butkus, Bednarik and Lott Awards, while winning the Conerly Trophy, given since 1996 to Mississippi's best college football player. He earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week Honors four times and national player of the week honors by the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Foundation. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2005.

Linebacker Antoine Cash also had an outstanding senior season in 2004 as the team's third-leading tackler with 95 stops, four sacks, 15 tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. Cash joined Boley at the next level, signing a free agent contract with the Falcons.

In 2003, Pollard saw three of his specialists gain all-conference honors. Eubanks and Marvin Young ranked among the nation's leaders in kick returns and punt returns, respectively. The two players earned spots on the All-C-USA first team as return men, while McCaleb was honored on the league's all-freshman team and was named to several freshman All-America teams, including The Sporting News.

A native of Bay Springs, Miss., Pollard played at Stringer High School and completed an outstanding Golden Eagle playing career in 1997 by helping lead the team to a 9-3 record, a C-USA championship and a Liberty Bowl title. He led the team in tackles with 114, a total that was good for fifth place in the conference. He was in double figures in tackles eight times in 11 games as a senior and had a season-best 13 stops in the season opener at Florida.

He finished his Golden Eagle career with 274 tackles, nearly reaching the top 10 on the career tackles list at Southern Miss, and he was named permanent captain his senior season.

Pollard, 33, earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Miss in coaching and sport administration in the spring of 1998, and his master's degree in the fall of 1999. Pollard, and his wife, Kristina, have two sons, Tylor and Klabron.

The Pollard File

Born

• April 3, 1976

• Bay Springs, Miss.

Alma Mater

• Southern Miss

• Bachelor's degree in coaching and sports administration, 1998

• Master's degree in coaching and sports administration, 1999

Collegiate Playing Experience

• 1994-97: Southern Miss (Linebacker)

Family

• Wife - Kristina

• Children - Tylor & Klabron

Coaching Experience

2008-Present: University of Memphis

2000-07: Southern Miss

1999/GA: Southern Miss

Recruiting Area

• South Louisiana, south Mississippi, south Mississippi JCs

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