Photos from Illinois' 20-14 win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Dec. 31, 2011. (Mark Jones, Derek Neal & AP)
No. 16 Illinois vs. Ohio State - AP Photos - 10/15/11
The Fighting Illini (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are off to their best start since 1951.
Photos from Illinois 41-20 win over Indiana on Oct. 8, 2011 in Bloomington, Ind.
Game photos from September 10th, 2011 at Memorial Stadium.
2011 - Senior: Played in all 13 games, making three starts ... Third on the team with 475 yards on 66 carries ... Led the Big Ten and ranked 12th nationally in yards per carry (7.2) ... Won the team's Bruce Capel Award at the annual postseason banquet for displaying the most courage and dedication throughout season ... Had six carries for 36 yards and a TD at Minnesota ... Rushed three times for 28 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards against Wisconsin ... Had 24 yards on five attempts against Ohio State ... Recorded nine carries for 92 yards and returned four kickoffs for 73 yards in win over Indiana ... Had a career-high 133 yards on a career-high 14 carries against Western Michigan ... Had 101 yards on eight attempts, including a TD against South Dakota State.
2010 - Junior: Played in all 13 games, making one start ... Rushed for 109 yards on 24 carries (4.5 ypc) and caught one pass for five yards in 2010 ... Also returned 16 kicks for 367 yards (22.9 ypr) on the season ... Finished 10th in the Big Ten in kick return average (22.9 ypr) ... Returned three kicks for 92 yards vs. Indiana, including a career-long 44 yards ... Recorded season highs in rushing yards (55) and carries (8) in win at Penn State.
2009 - Sophomore: Played in 11 games, starting one ... Rushed for 67 yards on 11 carries (6.1 ypc), caught two passes for nine yards and returned 16 kickoffs for 327 yards (20.4 ypr) on the season.
2008 - Redshirt Freshman: Played in six games ... Scored his first career touchdown against Eastern Illinois on a 25-yard rush ... Totaled 36 rushing yards and also returned a 26-yard kickoff against the Panthers ... Missed half of the season due to injury.
2007 - Freshman: Played in three games at running back before suffering a season-ending injury ... Rushed for 148 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry on 23 rushes before the injury ... Granted a medical hardship waiver.
High School: Named the 78th-best player in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel ... Rated a top-50 running back nationally by Rivals.com ... Rushed for a school-record 3,816 career yards ... Second-team All-Conference as a senior and named to the Times Union Super 24 team ... PrepStar All-Region ... As a junior, rushed for 1,895 yards and scored 22 touchdowns ... High school won three district and one conference championships ... High school coach was Kevin Sullivan.
Personal: Born on Nov. 25, 1988 ... Full name is Troy Anthony Pollard ... Majoring in sport management ... Chose Illinois over South Carolina, Louisville and South Florida.