Georgia Bulldogs mascot 'Russ' promoted to Uga IX

By Kevin Kelley -
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Russ has been promoted to Uga IX. (Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE)

Georgia mascot “Russ,” the half-brother of Uga VII, has received a “battlefield promotion” and has been named Uga IX.

Russ stepped in for Uga VII on Nov. 19, 2009 and assumed the role of interim mascot. Overall, Russ has been the mascot for 23 games and has a record of 14-9 with on SEC East Championship.

The official ceremony will be conducted prior to Georgia’s home game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Sept. 15 (7:30 p.m. ET, CSS).

“Like many great and memorable Bulldogs, Russ has earned the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” said UGA president Dr. Michael F. Adams. “I am confident that he will represent the Bulldog Nation very well and continue the grand tradition of Ugas.”

“Russ has endeared himself to the Georgia people over the last three years,” said UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “His dedication to duty when called upon has been exemplary and it’s fitting that he takes his place in the official line of Georgia mascots.”

All dogs serving as UGA mascots are part of a lineage of English Bulldogs owned by Sonny Seiler of Savannah, Georgia.

Uga Mascot Records:

  • Uga I – 53-48-6
  • Uga II – 42-16-3
  • Uga III – 71-32-2
  • Uga IV – 77-24-4
  • Uga V – 65-39-1
  • Uga VI – 87-27-0
  • Uga VII – 16-7-0
  • Uga VIII – 4-2-0
  • Uga IX – 14-9 (as Russ)

3 COMMENTS

  1. he will go down as the ugliest Uga ever. i don’t like or approve of this. why why why could we not wait for one of the pups to get bigger?

    • Russ was going to be the mascot most of the year anyway. I think outside pressure made them name him Uga IX. Personally, no big deal to me. But I do realize others are more traditional.

    • sometimes the backups need thier due. He has stepped in, done the job. He deserves the collar. This gives Sellers time to get a proper pup rather than hurry it
      . Get over it.

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