Better account for this guy

As the defending conference champions, Georgia has more than its share of talented players. But 2002 SEC Most Valuable Player, David Pollack, stands out above the rest.

A pre-season All America, Pollack headlines several returning starters on the Bulldog defensive line. Last season Pollack led the conference in sacks. "He's a player that goes hard all the time," Tide Offensive Coordinator Dave Rader said. "He's a really smart player. And he's really good with his hands."

Listed at 6-3, 276 pounds, David Pollack is the classic example of a player that achieves far beyond his perceived physical talent. Somehow or other he always seems to be around the football, displaying a knack for making not just big--but sometimes spectacular plays.

After snagging the turnover, David Pollack heads upfield with the football. (Getty Images)

Versus South Carolina last season, Pollack rushed the Gamecock quarterback who was lined up to pass in his own endzone. With almost incredible athleticism, Pollack went up to block the pass, but ended up taking the ball away from the QB and scoring Georgia's only touchdown in a close victory.

"He's already made an impact on our team," Rader said at Tuesday's press conference. "We started talking about him last Sunday night. You have to make plans. They move him around a lot. We're going to be aware of him on every play, which is necessary to block him."

Pollack led the SEC last season with 14 sacks. His 23 tackles for a loss and 35 quarterback pressures were also first in the conference. He ranks sixth all-time on Georgia's career sack list.

This year Pollack has fought more double teams, but is still making an impact and disrupting plays. Versus Clemson his fourth-quarter interception all but ended the contest and sent Tiger fans streaming to the exits.

Teams have accumulated multiple penalties trying to contain him. Pollack has only ½ sack this year, but he leads his team with nine QB-pressures. He also has one interception and three pass breakups.

"He's a guy whose motor runs on high all the time," Tide Head Coach Mike Shula said. "He's tough to block. Georgia moves him around a lot.

Following Georgia's 30-3 demolition of Arkansas in the SEC Championship Game, Pollack celebrates with his team. (Getty Images)

"You'll call a play, thinking you're avoiding him, then all of a sudden you're running right at him."

Versus the Tide last year, Pollack managed three tackles, one quarterback sack, a pass deflection and blocked a kick in Georgia's 27-25 win.

Trying to free Pollack up to rush the passer, Georgia will line him up at both tackle and end. "He'll make plays wherever he's at," Shula said. "Outside or inside, he plays well in both spots."

Pollack was voted first-team pre-season All-America by Athlons, Lindy's, Street & Smith's, and by NationalChamps.net College Football Preview. He was also rated the nation's best defensive end by The Sporting News.


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