Originally created 11/21/02

Bulldogs fans give wide receiver sign of support



TENNILLE, Ga. -- Georgia fans are saying thanks to Terrence Edwards, the leading pass catcher in Bulldogs history, by placing a billboard near his hometown.

The billboard, which was posted Friday, reads: "Thanks Terrence For 4 Great Years ... The No. 1 WR in UGA History - The Fans."

It was leased to counter criticism of Edwards after he dropped a potential touchdown pass late in the 21-13 loss to Florida on Nov. 2 - the only loss for the Southeastern Conference East champions.

"My dad called me one day early last week telling me about it," Edwards said. "I hadn't seen it until today on the Internet."

Ted Kohn of Tybee Island said he got the idea for a billboard while driving to Athens through Tennille, a small town in central Georgia's Washington County.

"I thought his mom and dad could see it every time they went to the bank, Wal-Mart, the post office or wherever," Kohn said.

Kohn said it cost $650 to lease the billboard for 30 days. He raised the money by posting a message on the Dawgvent, an Internet message board.

"I think the bad has brought out all the good the past few weeks," Edwards said. "A couple of people have been negative, but most have been really appreciative."

Edwards separated a shoulder in the Florida game and will miss Georgia's regular season finale against Georgia Tech on Nov. 30. He's expected back for the SEC title game on Dec. 7.