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Patience and resiliency was recognized and rewarded by the NCAA, which granted him a sixth year of competition on February 7, 2011 ... Enjoyed first full year of relative good health in 2010 after suffering through the ill-effects of a nagging shoulder injury incurred prior to his arrival on campus in 2006 ... Looking to put consecutive productive campaigns together after playing in just three combined games after redshirt year from 2007 to 2009 ... Full comeback has resulted in a projected starting role at the left guard position, but flexibility also includes play at tackle and center if necessary, along with possible special teams assignment ... In addition to quality playing time, coaches expect thriving in a leadership role.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Made his only appearance of the season at Marshall as a member of the special teams. 2008 Game-by-Game Statistics
2008: Played in two overall contests as a sophomore ... Participated on two snaps during East Carolina's 30-10 victory over Memphis at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Also appeared in the Pirates' junior varsity tilt against Hargrave Military Academy (Oct. 2).
2007: Sat out with injury (rehabilitation/shoulder).
2006: Redshirted ... Did not experience action on scout team because of rehabilitation work after summer shoulder surgery ... Officially signed with the ECU program in February, 2006.
High School: A key contributor as a starting offensive lineman for a Nease program which rolled to a 13-2 record and captured the 2005 FHSAA Class 4A State Championship ... Helped Panthers compile an 8-2 regular season record, which included a perfect 4-0 district mark, before cruising to the state title in Miami after wins against Leesburg (63-20), New Smyrna Beach (24-17), Eastside (57-21), Pace (31-14) and Armwood (44-37) ... Credited with playing an integral role for one of the school's most prolific offensive units in history, which racked up 7,010 total yards, an average of 467.3 per game, and 655 total points (43.7 ppg) ... Blocked for an offense that also produced former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow ... Assisted in both rushing (228.5 ypg) and passing (238.9 yp) attacks from his line position ... A preseason and post-season St. Augustine Record All-County selection ... Recipient of NHS's top blocker award as a senior after recording 48 "pancake" blocks ... Did not allow a single sack during 15-game slate in 2005 ... Earned a total of three letters and served as team captain ... Part of Nease's regional finalist squad (11-2) in 2004 as a junior ... Enjoyed surge in developmental and physical growth with on-the-field and weight room efforts, quickly growing from a 220-pound frame as recently as the winter of 2004-05 ... A four-year track letterman who earned all-district honors in the discus and shot put ... Possesses a reported power clean lift of 300 pounds ... Strong student who owned a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and was a member of the school's A-B Honor Roll ... Coach was Craig Howard.
Personal: Full name is Douglas Gary Polochak ... Born October 9, 1987 at Ponta Vedra Beach, Fla. ... Earned a bachelor's degree in communications during the summer (2010) and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree (marketing) this fall ... Earned ECU Honor Roll inclusion for work during the spring semester (2011).