At least a few Husker fans predictably groaned upon seeing David Pollack on the ESPN/ABC broadcast crew for Nebraska-Georgia, what with Pollack being a former Bulldog player and all.
That bounces off Pollack, who vows neutrality and said the most grief that he’s taken lately actually came from Georgia fans after he picked Alabama to beat the Bulldogs in the SEC championship game.
“What I learned in this business is you can’t win,” Pollack said. “You pick your school and you’re a homer, pick against them and you’re a traitor. So I just try to pick a winner.”
Pollack, 30, is looking forward to doing the Capital One Bowl when Georgia (11-2) plays Nebraska (10-3) on New Year’s Day in Orlando. The booth will include another color analyst with SEC ties – former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer – working alongside play-by-play man Rece Davis.
Pollack was a three-time All-American (twice consensus) at defensive end for Georgia and the SEC defensive player of the year in both 2002 and ’04. He joined the Bulldog program along with current head coach Mark Richt in 2001.
We’ll have some Pollack thoughts on Georgia and Richt in a story this week. But he did say that he was impressed by Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez’s work during the Huskers’ six-game winning streak that put them into the Big Ten championship game.
“Nebraska on offense can get streaky hot,” Pollack said. “And one thing I’m impressed with about Nebraska is their finishes. Martinez has been clutch. And he’s got legitimate play-makers around him.”