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Former Georgia linebacker Tony Gilbert has been named assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Bulldogs, according to an announcement Tuesday by head coach Mark Richt.

Gilbert was Georgia's defensive captain in 2002, racking up 114 tackles on a team that ended the program's 20-year Southeastern Conference championship drought. He was drafted in 2003 by the Arizona Cardinals and eventually played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.

"This is where I played, went to school and graduated," Gilbert said, "so I consider it an honor to contribute once again to the program and to have an impact on young men's lives."

Said Richt: "His experience as a member of a UGA SEC championship team and an NFL player is a perfect combination for us. Our players will benefit greatly from his knowledge."

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