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49ers' Mike Iupati set to train Modesto high school athletes

  • San Francisco 49ers' Mike Iupati (77) in action against Arizona Cardinals' Paris Lenon (51) and Dam Williams (92) in an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

The Davis High (Modesto) football team has added 49ers guard Mike Iupati to its coaching staff.

OK, so it's only for two hours on Saturday, but the Spartans will take it.

"The kids are really excited about this," said Davis' third-year coach, Chris Cloward. "We're hoping to find out what it takes to gain that edge, or mentality, that he had in order to be great.

"In our little world of high school football, we just hope we can maximize our physical and emotional potential to be the best we can be."

Gatorade gave high school football programs across the nation a chance to win a training session with an NFL player, and Davis won the contest for the Northern California region.

"One of the secretaries at school got the information from one of the parents," said first-year athletic director Tim Garcia, a former Davis quarterback. "We went to the Gatorade website, entered the contest ... and the school with the most votes wins."

The Spartans, who had just about everybody on campus voting early and voting often, won about $1,400 worth of Gatorade merchandise, according to Garcia.

But the real prize is the two hours with Iupati, who helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl last season.

"This is going to be our most fun practice of the season," said senior-to-be tackle Mathew Wittmayer. "We're going to be out there sweating, working hard.

"I've never even been to an NFL game and I'm going to be meeting an NFL player. It's crazy."


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