Uga lovers (and who isn’t) can meet interim mascot Russ at Georgia's annual Fans’ Picture Day on Saturday, August 21. He’ll be in the press box at Sanford Stadium from 1-3pm for photo ops.
Russ made his debut November 28, 2009 against Georgia Tech after the untimely demise of his half-brother Uga VII a few weeks earlier. He ended his short season with a record of 2-0 and a bowl victory over Texas A&M. Despite his winning ways, poor Russ won't be promoted to Uga VIII because he doesn’t possess some key selection criteria: a pure white coat (mandatory), broad shoulders and a big ole head. Russ is a bit of a runt, as far as English bulldogs go, so it’s unlikely he’ll get the most celebrated mascot gig in the country.
Just how much do Dawg fans love Uga? Sonny Seiler, his owner, summed it up best: "People pet him so much his head gets sore. He’s like a politician who shakes too many hands."
Here’s a look back at Uga through the ages…