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ATHENS, Ga. — The first SEC Player of the Year award came out Wednesday, and the winner from Georgia might be a surprise to some observers.

Sophomore defensive end David Pollack, who leads the Southeastern Conference with 12 sacks, 20 tackles for losses and 30 quarterback pressures, was named player of the year by Collegefootballnews.com.  

Quarterback David Greene may be a leading candidate to win the honor when coaches and The Associated Press announce their All-SEC teams, Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Georgia coach Mark Richt said he was not surprised Pollack was chosen Wednesday.

"I would say he's made enough big plays that have turned the tide,'' Richt said. "Not only is he a high performer at his position, he has made some plays that really have helped us win.''  

Pollack has two interceptions, including one for a touchdown against South Carolina. He blocked a field-goal attempt against Alabama and blocked a Vanderbilt punt.

Richt was named SEC Coach of the Year by the Internet publication, which also picked Georgia's 24-21 win over Auburn as the game of the year.

First-team All-SEC picks for Georgia by Collegefootballnews.com were Greene, receiver Terrence Edwards, offensive linemen Kevin Breedlove and Jon Stinchcomb and Pollack — the Bulldogs' lone defensive representative.

Toys for Tots for TV: Fans who could not obtain a ticket to the SEC championship game now have another option for watching the game in a game-like atmosphere.  

Georgia will show the telecast live at Stegeman Coliseum. Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Georgia athletic association's Toys for Tots campaign.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the concession stands will be open for business.

Winter wonderland: With the threat of freezing rain looming, Georgia considered moving its practice to the Ramsey Center but instead was able to work outside in conditions Richt called "a tad bit chilly.''  

"It was a good practice with good effort and it seemed like the concentration was good,'' Richt said.

Georgia will practice today at Sanford Stadium so it can have noise piped in during the workout. Richt is concerned about the noise level Saturday in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

The team will have only a short walk-through practice Friday at the Georgia Dome. That will be the players' only chance, other than in pregame warmups Saturday, to test the turf and adjust to the different background of the indoor facility.

Gary on track to play: Receiver Damien Gary continues to participate in practice and is expected to play Saturday. Gary is returning after missing four games with a lower leg injury that required three surgeries, including one for a skin graft.  

"Each day he gets a little better,'' said receivers coach John Eason.


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