Former Dawgs to coach G-Day

ATHENS - Four Georgia football greats will serve as "guest coaches" during Saturday afternoon's annual G-Day spring game at Sanford Stadium. Hines Ward and Will Witherspoon will be on the sidelines for the Red team, while David Pollack and Jon Stinchcomb and will be with the Black squad.

"During the fall, we have former players come back to serve as honorary captains at home games," head coach Mark Richt said. "We thought it would be a good idea to initiate a tradition to also have players as guest coaches at G-Day. We're thrilled these guys are coming and they want to be back in Athens for G-Day. It's going to be great to have them."

Ward was a standout receiver/quarterback/running back at Georgia from 1994-97 and was MVP of Super Bowl XL for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Witherspoon was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Bulldogs from 1999-2001 and has gone on to standout career in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams.

Pollack was a three-time All-American at defensive end for the Bulldogs from 2002-04 and won the 2004 Lombardi, Bednarik, Hendricks and Lott Awards. Stinchcomb was an All-American and Academic All-American offensive lineman on Georgia's 2002 SEC Championship team.

Saturday's G-Day contest is set for a 2:06 p.m. kickoff, and CSS will televise the game live. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students high school age and younger. UGA students will be admitted free with their UGA card. Tickets are on sale Thursday and until 3:00 p.m. on Friday at the UGA Ticket office in the Butts/Mehre Building. Tickets will go on sale beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium at the Main Gate (underneath the bridge), as well as Gates 2, 4 and 6.

The game is annually co-sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Proceeds from this year's game will go to Hope Haven of Northeast Georgia, a private nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in the Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties. This program continues a tradition begun in 1993 of donating proceeds from the G-Day game to a local charity or non-profit organization.

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