"Last year, when we got in the situation where we were behind and had to start throwing, he took over the game at that point," Volunteers offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said. "He took it from a game where we were behind and had a chance to catch up to a game where we were way behind and it was over, and he did it basically in a three- or four-play period."
Last year, he had two sacks and a 59-yard Volunteer touchdown was
called back when Michael Munoz was flagged for holding against David Pollack.
In the last two seasons, he has had 15 tackles and four sacks against
"Everybody gets lucky," Pollack said.
Last year, Pollack hit Casey Clausen, forcing an early throw and an
interception, and tipped another Clausen pass that was intercepted. He
also helped cause the fumble that Sean Jones returned for a touchdown
just before halftime.
"I think it's, the bigger the game is, the more excited he
Georgia coach Mark Richt said.
This year, Pollack is fifth on the team with 18 tackles. He leads the
Bulldogs in sacks (three), tackles for loss (five) and quarterback
hurries (14). His three sacks lead the SEC.
"Compared to last year, I think he's playing fantastic football
now," LSU coach Nick Saban said this week. "We may have been
by his quickness."
Pollack has 26.5 career sacks and could tie or break Richard Tardits'
school record of 29 with another big game against the Volunteers.
"It doesn't matter to me one way or another," Pollack said.
thing that matters to me is Ws and Ls."
The Volunteers will try their best to keep Munoz, their All-SEC left
tackle, on Pollack.
"He is a great disruptor on defense," Munoz said. "When
film, you immediately notice him because he is everywhere."
If Tennessee right tackle Arron Sears can't play due to foot and ankle
injuries, junior college transfer Albert Toeaina will start. The
6-foot-6, 350-pound Toeaina will be at a significant quickness
disadvantage when he faces Pollack.
Pollack can also expect he'll face more than just the man standing in
front of him. Sanders said the Vols will use tight ends and backs to
help their tackles.
"I think trying to control a good pass rusher is a lot like trying
defend a good quarterback," Sanders said. "If you show them the same
look all the time, they will find a way to beat that so you have to
change what he is seeing as well."
NO PROBLEMS: The appearance of Reggie Brown's 2003 Sugar Bowl ring on
eBay this week has made some Bulldog fans nervous, but Brown is not the
one selling his ring and the situation will have no effect on his
eligibility, a school official said.
Brown was not one of the nine players who were publicly revealed in
May of last year for selling either their Sugar Bowl or SEC Championship
rings, but his ring was sold at about the same time. Those players
received no eligibility-related discipline, but the school announced
then that any future sales would be a violation and result in game
"(Brown) is grandfathered in," said Amy Chisholm, Georgia's
of compliance. "We've known about this for a long, long time."
Georgia officials also warned SEC and NCAA officials more than a year
ago that Brown's ring might surface for sale. His ring had generated a
high bid of $2,025 on the Internet auction site by Thursday morning.
"I've already disciplined him the same way I disciplined those other
guys," Richt said.
INJURY UPDATE: Linebacker Arnold Harrison (shoulder) and tight end
Martrez Milner (back) are doubtful at best for Saturday's game, Richt
"(Harrison) hasn't even practiced a rep," Richt said. "I
know if he would be available for emergency duty."
Milner's injury makes Houston County's Trahern Holden the Bulldogs'
second string tight end. Holden, a redshirt freshman, has yet to catch a
pass at Georgia.
Offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles (knee) will play, Richt said.
Defensive end Parys Haralson and offensive tackle Arron Sears will no
start for the Vols due to injury. Both could be available to play.
TOUGH CROWD: As the only player from Tennessee on Georgia's roster,
kicker Andy Bailey has the sole responsibility for defending the
Bulldogs in his home state. Sometimes, it's not easy.
The last time Bailey was home in Athens, Tenn., which is halfway
between Knoxville and Chattanooga, "some lady said to me, 'Think of me
when Tennessee kicks your butt,'" Bailey said. "I wasn't too happy
Of course, he added, he probably makes the situation worse by wearing
the T-shirt from last year's game in his hometown. The T-shirt is a
reminder of the Bulldogs' 41-14 win.
"Not too many people like that shirt back home," said
Bailey,who is 7
of 9 on field goals this year.
Tennessee did not offer Bailey a scholarship.
"I'm happy here," he said. "I feel like I'm part of the
EARLY PREDICTION: Fans won't have to wait until Saturday to hear what
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit thinks of the Georgia-Tennessee game.
"Georgia will destroy Tennessee," Herbstreit said during an
PLAYING TIME: Charles Johnson hardly made a ripple by playing 10 plays
against LSU last week, but it meant a lot to the Hawkinsville native.
The freshman defensive end had resigned himself to redshirting this
season when he finally heard his named called.
"Yeah, I was surprised, but they were telling me I might get
said. "I was hoping to get in, I was eager to get in. I did all right
for a first game. Hopefully we'll win the national championship and I'll
be a part of that."
Johnson became the seventh, and probably last, true freshman to see
the field. He joined Peach County wide receiver A.J. Bryant, tailbacks
Danny Ware and Thomas Brown, offensive lineman Chester Adams, safety
Kelin Johnson and linebacker Brandon Miller.
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