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This morning a very exciting thing happened in Bulldog Nation! One of our own, UGA cheerleader Anna Watson, appeared live in-studio on Good Morning America to talk about her story!

Anna Watson on Good Morning America
Feb. 2, 2012

Anna is a cheerleader at UGA with a knack for fitness. If you've seen the picture of her floating around on the Internet of her flexing her muscles at a football game in her cheerleading uniform, you've seen that Anna's build is unique. She was offered a modeling contract but turned it down when they told her she had to gain more weight, and would have to do so unnaturally since she was having trouble doing it on her own. GMA did a great job telling Anna's story, but the best part was when Robin Roberts remarked on Anna's manners (being called "ma'am") and said, "Well, you ARE from the University of Georgia!"

Click here for the story on Anna that ran in last week's Red & Black.


And a bit more News & Notes from around the UGAAA this week:

-The men's tennis team improved to 3-0 with wins over TCU & Virginia Tech last weekend. All three of Georgia's wins in 2012 have been 7-0 shutouts. The last time a Bulldog team did that? 2007, when Manny Diaz's squad went on to win the national championship with an undefeated record.

There were four former Bulldogs on NFL Pro Bowl rosters over the weekend: Cincinnati's Geno Atkins (DL) and A.J. Green (WR), Oakland's Richard Seymour (DL) and Denver's Champ Bailey (CB), who all suited up for the AFC during its 59-41 win over the NFC. During Sunday's Pro Bowl, Green had two catches for 42 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, as Atkins, Seymour and Bailey combined for six tackles.  A lesser known fact is that two of the four, Atkins and Bailey, also enjoyed successful careers for Georgia's track and field team. Bailey soared 25 feet, 10 3/4 inches in the long jump at the 1998 SEC Indoor Championships and remains the school's record holder in the event.  Atkins finished seventh at the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships in the shot put to score for the Bulldogs and later launched a career-best mark of 58 feet, 1/4 inch that same season.


- Four ex-Bulldogs -- Bubba Watson, Harris English, Chris Kirk and Brendon Todd -- made the cut at the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego last week. The third round on Saturday was tabbed as "College Day" and golfers were encouraged to wear their school colors -- and the ex-Bulldogs did so. Also, since Watson, English, Kirk and Todd made the cut, Farmers Insurance will be donating $2,000 ($500 per golfer) to the Georgia golf program as part of a pre-tournament pledge.


- UGA swimming & diving coach Jack Bauerle finished the 2011-12 campaign with 194 wins as the men's coach, meaning he will have a shot at No. 200 next season. Bauerle has 277 wins as the women's coach for a total of 471 overall. He is the winningest women's head coach in NCAA history, the winningest head coach for both women and men in SEC history, and the fourth-winningest head coach for both women and men in NCAA history.


- With its win at Alabama last Saturday, the Georgia women's swimming and diving team notched its 26th straight win against SEC competition dating back to 2006-07 season. The Lady Bulldogs have won 46 of 47 against the league since the 2002-03 campaign. The Lady Bulldogs' seniors finished with a career record of 35-2, with both of their losses coming at Texas. 


- AMA, Mitchell dot SEC women's basketball stats: In statistics for SEC games only, Anne Marie Armstrong is the league's most-ranked player and Meredith Mitchell is the fifth-most prominent name listed. Armstrong is included in a whopping 10 of 13 categories kept - No. 5 in assists; No. 6 in scoring; No. 7 in assist-to-TOs, blocks and minutes played; No. 8 in defensive rebounds; No. 9 in rebounding and three-point percentage; No. 11 in free throw percentage; and No. 15 in steals.

Mitchell is ranked seven times - No. 2 in minutes played, No. 5 in defensive rebounds, No. 7 in rebounding, No. 8 in steals, No. 14 in assists, No. 15 in offensive rebounds and No. 27 in scoring.

SEC-Only Individual leaders

Rk.  Player, School    # Cat.

1.    Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia    10

2.    Lasondra Barrett, LSU    8

       A'dia Mathies, Kentucky    8

       Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss    8

5.    Meredith Mitchell, Georgia    7

       Glory Johnson, Tennessee    7

7.    Jennifer George, Florida    6

       Diamber Johnson, Miss. State    6

       Courtney Jones, LSU    6

- And finally, the drama was all put to rest early this morning when Valdosta native Josh Harvey-Clemons faxed in his paperwork to officially join the football team's 2012 signing class. The highly-touted LB was rumored to have committed yesterday morning, but the paperwork never arrived on Signing Day.

That's all for now here on "Between The Hedges." Have a great Thursday, everybody!

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