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Isaiah Pola-Mao gives back to the community

There is still a chance the USC community won’t be able to watch college football this fall, but Trojan safety Isaiah Pola-Mao spent his Friday making sure his presence was felt locally in a positive way. USC’s redshirt junior free safety delivered 100 free meals to the community around USC on Friday afternoon, and also addressed local youth, giving them on and off-the-field guidance on how to develop the skills necessary to make it to a school like USC.

“I just want to find ways to help people,” Pola-Mao said in a video covering the event. “In the smallest ways and big ways, so this is an opportunity for me and I love to take it.”

In addition to delivering 100 meals, Pola-Mao was scheduled to address local youth–8th graders and younger–to deliver mentoring and guidance on what it takes to follow his path to become a USC student-athlete. Pola-Mao is a non-governmental organizations and social change major at USC.

Pola-Mao is heading into his fourth year at USC and will be counted upon as one of the veteran leaders for a defense transitioning to a new scheme under defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. In his career–which got off to a slow start as shoulder injuries limited him to just two games over his first two seasons–Pola-Mao has 81 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble.

His forced fumble came on the very first play of the 2018 season. His four interceptions led the team last year, with his first one sealing the season-opening win against Fresno State. Pola-Mao also had a huge tackle for loss against Utah, as he knifed into the backfield to bring down Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley as he tried to run for a score on a third and goal from the one yards line early in the fourth quarter. Holding Utah to a field goal allowed USC to keep a one-point lead in a game they would eventually win, 30-23, over the No. 10 Utes.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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