Pollack to be busy with awards all week

ATHENS – David Pollack didn't win the Bronko Nagurski Award on Monday night in Charlotte, but the Georgia defensive end has plenty of chances left this week to get some kind of hardware.

Monday was just the start of a busy week for David Pollack, a senior who leads the Bulldogs in career sacks (33) and is the school's only three-time All-American other than Herschel Walker. He was in Charlotte, N.C., along with fellow finalists Marshall's Johnathan Goddard, Wisconsin's Erasmus James, Texas' Derrick Johnson and Auburn's Carlos Rogers, for the presentation of the Nagurski Award, which is given by the Charlotte Touchdown Club to its national defensive player of the year.

Pollack will get today off as Georgia quarterback David Greene and former athletic director Vince Dooley are honored in New York. At the Waldorf-Astoria, Dooley will receive the John L. Toner Award, a college athletics administration award, and Greene will be recognized as one of 15 national winners of the 2004 Scholar-Athlete Award.

But Pollack picks right back up on Wednesday, when he travels to Houston for the presentation of the Lombardi Award, which goes to the nation's top lineman. On Thursday, he goes to Orlando for the Bednarik Award, another defensive player of the year award. He'll return to Athens just briefly on Friday for the Bulldogs' senior banquet. Then he will fly cross country to the Los Angeles area, where he will attend the presentation of the Lott Trophy, for which he is also one of three finalists. Pollack also is a finalist for the Hendricks Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive end. He won the award last year but won't learn until the final week of the bowl season if he is a repeat winner.

Pollack and the rest of the No. 8 Bulldogs (9-2, 6-2 SEC) will convene on Dec. 17 to begin practice for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl. Georgia will play Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) in a game that kicks off at 11 a.m.

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