USC safety C.J. Pollard ‘poised’ to improve in sophomore season

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USC safety C.J. Pollard is ready to make a leap in his redshirt sophomore season.

Pollard appeared in just four games last season but is projected to get more playing time at safety this year.

“I feel good, I feel comfortable, I feel relaxed, poised and polished,” Pollard said, per 247 Sports’ Ryan Abraham. “I am sharpening up my tools every day with Coach Clancy [Pendergast], watching film, watching pro tape, just trying to take my game to the next level.

“Last year I was able to watch Chris Hawkins and Matt Lopes who were very smart, those guys were very cerebral, and I learned from them.”

Pollard is projected to be a second-string safety this season, although he could earn a starting spot. He comes from a longline of successful former Serra High School (Gardena, Calif.) athletes who have excelled with the Trojans, including Adoree Jackson, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Pollard is hoping to add his name to the list.

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