SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah area's best student-athletes heard from one of the best to ever play college football Wednesday night.
A three-time All-American at Georgia, David Pollack spent his evening serving as the guest speaker at the annual Best of Preps banquet.
The former Dawg defensive end now serves as a college football analyst for ESPN, most notably on College Gameday. Pollack says Kirby Smart has Georgia heading in the right direction, but thinks Georgia fans should be a little more cautious about 2018's sky-high expectations.
"I think Kirby's got them to a point where you start penciling in Georgia as one of those top six teams to be there every year. I think it is they lose a lot though," Pollack told WTOC. "But I think if you're a Georgia fan, you have to think you have a shot. Absolutely a great shot, and that's more than most teams can say."
Pollack says almost everything went right for the Dawgs last year, from Fromm's play to zero season-ending injuries. The former defensive standout wonders how Georgia will respond to an SEC Championship and national title game appearance.
"Every locker room is different. Roquan Smith isn't going to be grabbing anyone by the neck anymore. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel aren't going to be there, leading by example," Pollack said. "You've got to find new guys. Who are going to be those guys, because you have to have them."
Pollack spoke to a packed banquet room at the Savannah Westin. The All-American wanted to make sure everyone knew it was failures that helped lead him to success.
"They introduce me and they always say three-time All-American, first round draft pick, and College Gameday," Pollack said. "But I also tell them, I had a lot of screw-ups ups along the way. You have to just keep swinging man. Just keep fighting in everything you get."
Pollack's tour of Southeast Georgia continues Thursday when he joins Georgia head coach Kirby Smart to speak at the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County's Speak Up for Kids event in Statesboro.