Friend hired by Georgia

Will Friend: Georgia's new offensive line coach held that job last season at UAB and was a graduate assistant in Athens in 2003 and '04.

ATHENS, Ga. --- Will Friend, who spent the past four seasons as offensive line coach for former Georgia assistant Neil Callaway at the University of Alabama- Birmingham, was hired Monday for the same job with the Bulldogs. Friend was a two-time All-SEC offensive lineman at Alabama from 1994-97 and was a graduate assistant at Georgia in 2003 and 2004.


"Will has played and coached under some outstanding, nationally recognized offensive coaches," coach Mark Richt said in a statement. "He comes with a formidable résumé of offensive football knowledge and experience."

Callaway hired Friend to coach the offensive line at UAB in December 2006.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to be the offensive line coach at Georgia," Friend said in a statement. "To have the chance to work with one of the top football programs in the country and with coach Richt and the staff, there is tremendous opportunity for me."

UAB ranked tied for 15th in the nation last season in sacks allowed, giving up 12 in 12 games. The Blazers were 59th in the nation in rushing offense.

Friend replaces Stacy Searels, now the offensive line coach at Texas.