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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: UGA, Auburn stars named All-SEC; Etheridge cleared to play

Photo by Nick Adam

Photo by Nick Adam

ATHENS -- Six Georgia football players were named to the Southeastern Conference Coaches Preseason All-SEC teams on Tuesday just before the annual SEC Media Days gathering in Hoover, Ala.

Georgia and Auburn were tied with the third-most players on the All-SEC teams, while Florida led the way with 10 selections and Alabama had nine.

The Bulldogs have four players who were named First Team selections. Only the Crimson Tide has more players on the First Team with six.

Junior flanker A.J. Green and senior offensive tackle Clint Boling were named to the First Team offense.

From the special teams, junior place kicker Blair Walsh and junior punter Drew Butler also both grabbed First Team honors.

Junior offensive guard Cordy Glenn was named to the Second Team offense while junior cornerback/returner Brandon Boykin was placed on the special teams Second Team.

Georgia hosts the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 4 to start its 2010 season. The Bulldogs first SEC matchup is at South Carolina on Sept. 11 with a noon kickoff.

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AUBURN PLACES SIX, TOO:

Six members made it onto the 2010 Preseason All-SEC Coaches' Football Team, including senior linebacker Josh Bynes and senior offensive tackle Lee Ziemba, both of whom were named to the First Team, while junior receiver Darvin Adams, senior center Ryan Pugh, senior linebacker Craig Stevens and junior cornerback Neiko Thorpe were selected to the Second Team.

Auburn will open the 2010 season Sept. 4 against Arkansas State at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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TIGERS' ETHERIDGE CLEARED TO PLAY:

Auburn safety Zac Etheridge was cleared Tuesday to return to the field this season.

Etheridge sustained a serious neck injury against Mississippi on Oct. 31, spending two nights in a hospital and wearing a harness-like brace for several months.

Etheridge tweeted Tuesday that he is "VERY excited to announce that your very own (No.) 4 will be returning to the field this season with all of my love."

Auburn confirmed that he will be able to play. The Tigers open fall practice on Aug. 3.

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ESPN: 'Bama facing NCAA violations probe

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN.com that university compliance officials are trying to determine if defensive end Marcell Dareus violated NCAA rules by attending an agent's party in Florida.

The report said the NCAA is trying to determine who paid for the trip.

Dareus emerged as a rising star after winning defensive MVP honors in the BCS championship game win over Texas.

Saban, a former Miami Dolphins coach, told ESPN.com it might be time to ban NFL teams from college campuses to get the league to crack down on rule-breaking agents and "take schools off the hook."