Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon
Aug. 31, 2011

Here are some more notes, nuggets and tidbits of information all things Georgia Bulldogs, statistically speaking of course. For the most complete information on a specific upcoming game please checkout the individual sport and game you are looking for on www.georgiadogs.com.

And now for the extra stuff...
FOOTBALL
Mark Richt is entering his 11th season as Georgia head coach. Only four men have ever been a head coach for at least ten seasons at Georgia... here's how they fared in their first 10 seasons.

Mark Richt (2001-2010)96-342 SEC titles
Wally Butts (1939-1948)79-27-33 SEC titles
Vince Dooley (1964-1973)73-32-52 SEC titles
Harry Mehre (1928-1937)59-34-6


Georgia is an incredible 89-25-3 in season openers and head coach Mark Richt has done even better winning 9 of 10 games.

Here are the records by Georgia head coaches in season openers with at least five season openers.

W.A. Cunningham(1910-1919)8-0won by a combined score of 487-0 (no games in '17-'18)
Kid Woodruff(1923-1927)5-0combined score only 117-7
Mark Richt(2001-present)9-1only loss to Oklahoma St in 2009
Harry Mehre(1928-1937)8-2
Jim Donnan(1996-2000)4-1
Vince Dooley(1964-1988)18-5-2
Wally Butts(1939-1960)16-6
Ray Goff(1989-1995)5-2


Here are the top-5 most points scored in a season opener by the Georgia Bulldogs.

108 vs Alabama Presbyterian (1913)
101 vs Locust Grove (1910)
82 vs Newberry (1922)
81 vs Dahlonega (1914)
81 vs Mercer (1941)

*** the most points by a Mark Richt season opener is 55 (2010 vs Louisiana-Lafayette)

Some players have done well in season openers under Mark Richt. Here's a look at players that scored at least 2 touchdowns (non-passing) in season-openers for Coach Richt...

2001 - Musa Smith vs Arkansas State - 3 rushing TD (first ever game coached by Richt)
2004 - Danny Ware vs Georgia Southern - 3 rushing TD
2005 - Sean Bailey vs Boise State - 2 receiving TD
2007 - Thomas Brown vs Oklahoma State - 2 rushing TD
2008 - Knowshon Moreno vs Georgia Southern - 2 rushing TD

Most pass yards in a game in a season opener under Richt - D.J. Shockley vs Boise St in 2005 (289)
Most rush yards in a game in a season opener under Richt - Musa Smith vs Arkansas St in 2001 (158)
Most rec yards in a game in a season opener under Richt - Martrez Milner vs Boise St (111)

*** in case you were wondering Herschel Walker had 3 career TD on season openers (2-1-0)

In the 2005 season opener vs Boise State, Georgia won 48-13... the Broncos averaged 38 points per game in their other 12 games that season... only Fresno State held them to fewer with 7.

In the first Boise State game, Georgia had 4 interceptions. Here are the 4 players that had picks

Tony Taylor (first play from scrimmage)
Tra Battle
Greg Blue
Dannell Ellerbe

The 4 interceptions are tied for the most in a game for the Bulldogs under Mark Richt.

4 Interceptions on 9/3/05 vs Boise State
4 Interceptions on 11/11/06 at Auburn
4 Interceptions on 11/10/07 vs Auburn
4 Interceptions on 1/1/08 vs Hawaii

Aaron Murray is the only active Bulldog on the roster with a TD in any season opener. Last season he had 3 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown. Scoring touchdowns is something Murray did a few times on the ground last season. Other current players have scored in various ways as well.

Here is a list of the active Bulldogs with the multiple career touchdowns (non-passing).

6 - Aron White3 - Rantavious Wooten
5 - Orson Charles3 - Bruce Figgins
4 - Aaron Murray3 - Richard Samuel
4 - Brandon Boykin2 - Branden Smith
4 - Tavarres King2 - Bacarri Rambo
2 - Carlton Thomas


The 2011 Bulldog team is different than most Georgia teams in the past, especially in one area.....SIZE!!!

Georgia's first team (according to depth chart) on defense is huge... let's look at the front 7

2010 - Defensive front 7 averaged 262.7 pounds
2011 - Defensive front 7 averages 276.7 pounds

1st Team OL

2010 - averaged 309.4 pounds
2011 - averages 329.4 pounds

Even the backfield is bigger (mostly thanks to converted tight end Bruce Figgins) Here are the combined weights of the starting backfield for Georgia under Richt.

2001 - 435 pounds2007 - 444 pounds
2002 - 486 pounds2008 - 452 pounds
2003 - 470 pounds2009 - 467 pounds
2004 - 468 pounds2010 - 455 pounds
2005 - 418 pounds2011 - 515 pounds
2006 - 468 pounds


The largest player on the first team is defensive lineman Kwame Geathers. He is listed at 350, his backup Jon Jenkins is listed at 351. Geathers comes from a family full of football players. His uncle Jumpy played 13 seasons in the NFL. Kwame's brother Robert (former Georgia Bulldog) has played in the NFL since 2004, all with the Bengals. Another brother, Clifton has jumped around the NFL in his short time in the league.

Obviously Jumpy played the most time in the NFL, including 3 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. As Kwame enters his first game playing in the Georgia Dome, here are the NFL stats of the other Geathers at the site of the Bulldogs' first game of 2011.

Jumpy 22 games - 33 tackles, 7 ½ sacks
Robert 1 game - 4 tackles, 0 sacks (at Georgia he played 2 games at Georgia Dome notching 1 sack)
Clifton 0 games

Speaking of the Georgia Dome. Georgia is 4-3 in games played there. Some of the players played a game or two there in high school, but for most Bulldogs this is their first time playing there.

Here is a list of the games the Georgia Bulldogs have played in the Georgia Dome.

1995 Peach Bowl - lost to Virginia 34-27
1998 Peach Bowl - defeated Virginia 35-33
2002 SEC Championship - defeated Arkansas 30-3
2003 SEC Championship - lost to LSU 34-13
2005 SEC Championship - defeated LSU 34-14
2006 Sugar Bowl (2005 season) - lost to West Virginia 38-35
2006 Chick-Fil-A Bowl - defeated Virginia Tech 31-24
SOCCER
Georgia soccer heading into the weekend has a record of 1-2. The losing record is something the Bulldogs are not accustomed to in the world of soccer. As Georgia enters their 339th game in the school's history, they are entering a game with a losing record for just the 46th time. Here is a breakdown on how the Dawgs enter a game.

With a winning record: 257 of 339 (75.8%)
With a losing record: 46 of 339 (13.6%)
With a .500 record: 19 of 339 (5.6%)
Starting the season: 17 of 339 (5.0%)
VOLLEYBALL
Georgia starts the Lizzy Stemke era with a 2-1 record after a runner-up finish in the Hotel Indigo Bulldog Invitational.

Here is how head coaches have fared in their first full season as a Georgia head coach and how they started the season.

Sid Feldman (1978)17-19lost first 3 matches, then won next 3
Jim Iams (1989)30-4won 1st, lost 2nd, then won 10 straight
Mary Buczek (2000)15-15lost first 2, then won next 3
Steffi Legall (2005)10-18won 1st, lost 2nd, then won next 3
Joel McCartney (2007)17-13won first 8 matches
Lizzy Stemke (2011)2-1won first 2, followed by a loss
BULLDOGS IN TENNIS (ATP)
Former Bulldog John Isner enters the US Open with a world ranking of 22. He is the 3rd highest American behind Mardy Fish (8th) and Andy Roddick (21st).

Here is Isner's career record in each of the four grand slam's in singles entering this week.

Australian Open5-4
French Open2-3
Wimbledon2-3
US Open7-4
BULLDOGS IN GOLF (PGA)
Former Bulldog Bubba Watson is currently ranked 15th in the world and is 16th in the FedExCup standings. So far in 2011, the southpaw has earned $3,196,797 in the 19 tournaments he has entered this year, winning two of them.

Here is a breakdown on how his year has been on the PGA Tour entering this weekend.

Tournaments19
Wins2
Top-10s3
Top-25s6
Missed Cuts2
Withdrew1


Former Bulldog Chris Kirk actually has more Top-10s then Bubba Watson this year. This rookie has 4 in the 25 tournaments he has played including a victory in the Viking Classic.
BULLDOGS IN BASEBALL (MLB)
Former Bulldog Jeff Keppinger is currently playing for his 5th team since breaking into the majors back in 2004. Now with the San Francisco Giants, one thing has remained constant throughout the career of this Bulldog great. This infielder hardly ever strikes out. Entering Wednesday's game, Keppinger has struck out just 135 times in 2,194 plate appearances in his career. To make that stat even greater, so far 8 major leaguers have struck 135 times this season alone.
BULLDOGS IN BASKETBALL (WNBA)
Two former Lady Bulldogs that have always been compared to one another is twin sisters Kelly and Coco Miller. Both are still playing the WNBA. Kelly is playing for the Washington Mystics and Coco is playing for the Atlanta Dream. Even though Kelly is playing over 12 minutes more per game than her sister, their points per game this season is extremely close. Kelly is averaging 7.7 points per game this season compared to Coco's 7.4. Last season when both played for the Dream it was close then as well- Kelly at 3.6 and Coco at 3.1. These numbers should not be a shock to anyone, while playing for Coach Andy Landers, Kelly averaged 16.6 points in her career while Coco scored 16.4.
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