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April 11, 2003

Columbia, SC –

The University of South Carolina Spring Football game will kick-off Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tickets will be on sale at the stadium box office beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m. Seating will be on the west side only. Gamecock players will be available to sign autographs from 11:15 a.m. – 12 noon. The pre-game awards presentation will take place at 12:50 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for youth and $10 for families. All proceeds go to the USC Lettermen’s Association. Individuals who show their military ID card will be admitted free along with their families.

The two teams have been divided up, with the coaching staff holding a player draft on Thursday. The first pick in the overall draft was senior offensive tackle Travelle Wharton. The White squad will be led by quarterback Dondrial Pinkins, while junior college transfer Mike Rathe will quarterback the Garnet team.

Here are the starting lineups for the two squads:

Garnet (offense)

OT – Jeff Barnes, Travelle Wharton

OG – Jonathan Alston, Chad Walker

C – Kris Mick

TE – Hart Turner

WR – Troy Williamson, Mikal Goodman, Kris Clark

RB – Kenny Irons, Regis Edgerson

QB – Michael Rathe

White (offense)

OT – Na’shan Goddard, Jon Hall

OG – Stephen Sene, Jabari Levey

C – John Strickland

TE – Andy Boyd

WR – Taqiy Muhammad, Andre Hemphill, Chavez Donnings

RB – Gonzie Gray, Daccus Turman

QB – Dondrial Pinkins

Garnet (defense)

DE – James Scott, Moe Thompson

DL – Brandon Schweitzer, Darrell Shropshire

LB – Marcus Lawrence, Will Wyatt, Darel Slay

S – Jamacia Jackson, Rodriques Wilson

CB – Deandre’ Eiland, Dunta Robinson

White (offense)

DE – George Gause, Jason Capers

DL – Preston Thorne, Randy Jackson

LB – Ricardo Hurley, Orus Lambert, Rod Thomas

S – Fred Bennett, Jermaine Harris

CB – Ted Crawford, Rachiem Monroe

The Garnet squad will play in honor of Ft. Jackson, United States Army, while the White squad will play in honor of Shaw Air Force Base. The loser of the game will host a charity car wash, with proceeds going to the winning team’s military base. There will be live kickoffs and kickoff returns. However, all punts will be fair caught and there will be no rushing the punter.

At halftime of the game, USC will honor its 1969 Atlantic Coast Conference championship team.