Gilbow, Felton Prepare For Pollack

FAYETTEVILLE -- Georgia coach David Richt said senior defensive end David Pollack has given the Bulldogs a defensive identity.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt simply referred to him as "Superman."

Pollack, who is tied for the Southeastern Conference lead in sacks (4) and has 27 1/2 in his career, has terrorized offensive lines the past three seasons. And when the two-time All-American lines up against Arkansas on Saturday, he'll probably be staring at two inexperienced redshirt freshmen.

Nutt said Wednesday that junior left tackle Tony Ugoh isn't expected to start against the Bulldogs after missing two workouts with a kidney stone. Ugoh's absence, along with the season-ending injury to right tackle Zac Tubbs, means redshirt freshmen Robert Felton and Matt Gilbow will likely start.

"With the different front (the Bulldogs) do, we'd probably have to start Robert Felton right now," said Nutt, who is hoping Ugoh will return practice today and help in a backup role Saturday. "We moved Robert Felton to left tackle. (Redshirt freshman) Nate Garner is backing up both.

"We're reaching down now. Everybody's got to reach down."

Gilbow and Felton both expect to have their hands full with Pollack, who needs 1 1/2 sacks to tie former Bulldog Richard Tardits (1985-88) for the school record (29). Offensive line coach Mike Markuson said Georgia has done a good job of moving Pollack around on the defensive line, making it difficult to pinpoint where he is.

"They have fun playing with that guy," Markuson said. "We told our guys you've got to give great effort. (Pollack) gets people's best every week because I know every coach that plays against them says we better get ready for 60 minutes."

Markuson said the 6-foot-4, 321-pound Felton is a gifted athlete that played tackle in high school and has exceptional quickness. He said Felton's intensity has improved in practice this week and he's looking for the challenge of handling Pollack.

Gilbow also said he's ready and learned plenty during his first start at Auburn. Markuson was encouraged by the 6-foot-6, 300-pounder's performance, but warned Gilbow he's going to see another strong defense Saturday.

"(Pollack will) be over there," Gilbow said. "(Georgia's) definitely going to look and see redshirt freshmen. But I'm going to do my best and I think I'm going to come out with a a good game.

"You can't worry or that's going to mess you up. You've got to go out there confident."

Hillis update
Arkansas true freshman Peyton Hillis said he has been cleared to play by one doctor after missing one game with a lower back injury. But the Razorbacks are remaining cautious about their leading scorer before he steps back on the field.

"We're still checking X-rays and doctors and trying to make the right decision before we put him back on the field," Nutt said. "It was just two weeks ago when he got hurt. You want to be real careful. If you ask him he wants to play, naturally.

"But we've got to do what's best for him and the team."

Hillis remains doubtful for Saturday's game against Georgia, but continued to get plenty of work in Arkansas' backfield Wednesday. Hillis said he has been hit in the lower back, which is protected by back pads, and said he's not feeling much pain.

"I feel a whole lot better about my chances, but it's still up to the coaches," Hillis said. "Even if I'm 100 percent, it's their decision if they're going to put me out there.

"One doctor cleared me but we still don't know yet. Coach is going to look it over with another doctor and after that we'll see what happens."

Injury updates
Senior receiver Steven Harris (bruised knee) and cornerback Michael Coe (bruised thigh) both missed their second consecutive day of practice Wednesday and their status for Saturday's game is questionable

Coe was replaced by true freshman Michael Grant, who worked with the first-team for the second consecutive day. Harris, who leads Arkansas with 20 catches for 418 yards, is questionable for Saturday's game and was replaced by Cedric Washington with the first-team offense.

"(Harris has) a bruise around the knee area," said position coach James Shibest. "It's probably different than a bruised muscle. I plan on him playing.

"He didn't feel good today, which I thought he'd feel better today. We've still got three more nights to go."

Extra points
Jones didn't make the list of nine semifinalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top quarterback. ... The Hogs named former linebacker Wayne "Thumper" Harris honorary captain for Saturday's game. The two-time, All-American (1959 and 1960) also will be recognized for his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. ... Megan Cardwell, a junior from Springdale, has been selected as Arkansas' 2004 Homecoming Queen. Cardwell will be honored during halftime of Saturday's game.

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