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Pollock Emerges As Tar Heels' Go-To Guy

Posted October 1, 2003 3:49 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina's Jarwarski Pollock is proving there's still room for little guys in a big man's game.

The 5-foot-7 wide receiver is third in the nation with 8.5 catches a game, hauling in a career-high 11 last weekend at North Carolina State.

UNC coach John Bunting found Pollock in Florida while recruiting the quarterback on his high school team and liked his energy and desire.

"He's a good player after the catch, which is very important in anybody's offense," Bunting said. "And when we had him up here on his recruiting visit he was a kid who was really excited about playing football.

"I wanted some kids who really liked to play ball in my first recruiting class," Bunting added. "That is still the most impressionable thing about him. You know he's going to go out there and give you everything he has. And he has a lot of fun doing it."

Virginia coach Al Groh said Pollock reminds him a lot of New York Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet, one of the top slot receivers in the NFL.

"He's a very dynamic player," Groh said of Pollock. "He's real fun to watch. He creates some very, very difficult matchups for teams and he's hard to get pinned up when he's operating in open space."