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Gardner-Webb's Beathard To Coach In 88th Annual East-West Shrine Game Saturday
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          Release: January 18, 2013
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Gardner-Webb offensive coordinator Kurt Beathard will serve as an assistant coach in the 88th Annual East-West Shrine Game Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm.

Beathard will serve as receivers coach with the East team, which will be coached by former Atlanta Falcons skipper Jerry Glanville. The game will air on the NFL Network (DirecTV Channel 212) from Tropicana Field.

Beathard's receivers will be catching passes Saturday from several quarterbacks, including Heisman Finalist Collin Klein of Kansas State. Klein completed 64.8 percent of his passes in 2012 for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns – while rushing for 920 yards and 23 scores in leading his Wildcats to the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.

Among the receivers Beathard is tutoring in Florida this week are former Atlantic Coast Conference standouts Marcus Davis (Virginia Tech), Corey Fuller (Virginia Tech), Erik Highsmith (North Carolina) and Rodney Smith (Florida State).

Beathard's first season as Gardner-Webb's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach saw redshirt sophomore Lucas Beatty enjoy a career-best year. Beatty led the Big South Conference in passing yards per game, completing 215-of-334 attempts for 2,483 yards and 12 touchdowns in 11 starts.

Beatty established a new school record for single-season pass completion percentage (64.4 percent) and topped the 300-yard mark passing in four games. Beatty was named to the Big South's All-Academic Team.

Beathard's offense also produced three All-Big South Conference offensive linemen in Steve Demilio, Jamie Dunaway and Austin Sargent. Dunaway earned FCS All-America honors from College Sports Madness and a repeat spot on the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team in 2012.

Tight end Seth Cranfill established new school and Big South records for single-season receptions by a tight end, earning first-team All-Big South honors in the process. Receiver Kenny Cook and running back Kenny Little also garnered All-Big South accolades in 2012.

Overall, Gardner-Webb's offense averaged 336.2 yards per game and ranked No. 2 in the Big South with 228.5 yards passing per game.

Beathard served as an assistant coach for last year's Texas vs. Nation All-Star Game.



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