A picture of Uga VIII has been released by the University of Georgia and is posted on GeorgiaDogs.com (see picture below).
Uga VIII will be introduced prior to Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. He replaces Uga VII, who passed away last November.
The pre-game “passing of the collar” from interim mascot, “Russ,” to Uga VIII will take place at mid-field in the presence of UGA President Dr. Michael F. Adams, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity, and members of the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family, long-time owners of the Bulldog line of mascots.
Uga VIII’s registered name is “Big Bad Bruce” in honor of Dr. Bruce Hollett of the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Hollett has been instrumental in the care and treatment of the bulldog mascots over the years and will also be present for the Saturday ceremony.
Uga VIII is a white male English Bulldog born Sept. 12, 2009. He weighs 55 pounds and is the grandson of Uga VI.