Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Aug. 31, 2012

Another season is here. Another season to remember the past, go crazy on the now and dream about the future. Another chance to watch, listen and/or read about the action on the field, the court, the course, the water or wherever the on-goings happen.

So for all you passionate fans, 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 check out the individual sport and game you are looking for on

And now for the extra stuff...

Football ---

The Bulldogs start the 2012 campaign with a tilt against the Buffalo Bulls. This will be the first time that the Dawgs will face the herd from western New York. But who have the Bulldogs faced the most for their opening game? Here are the most common opponents to start the season...

Mercer10 times
Alabama8 times
Clemson8 times

... oddly enough back in 1892, the Bulldogs first season opener (which Georgia played Mercer) was played not in September or not even October, but it was played on January 30th... which would have made tailgaiting pretty interesting.

Here is a list of the teams that Georgia started against in their 12 SEC Championship seasons and how they did...

1942defeated Kentucky 7-61976defeated Cal 36-24
1946defeated Clemson 35-121980defeated Tennessee 16-15
1948defeated Chattanooga 14-71981defeated Tennessee 44-0
1959defeated Alabama 17-31982defeated Clemson 13-7
1966defeated Mississippi State 20-172002defeated Clemson 31-28
1968tied Tennessee 17-17 2005defeated Boise State 48-13

Mark Richt is 9-2 in season openers during his first 11 seasons as Georgia's head coach. Here is a list on how some of the other coaches in the past have done for the Bulldogs in their season openers (minimum 5 seasons)

Mark Richt9-2
Jim Donnan4-1
Ray Goff5-2
Vince Dooley18-5-2
Wally Butts16-6
Harry Mehre8-2
Kid Woodruff5-0
W.A. Cunningham8-0

... In W.A. Cunningham's 8 season openers as top Dawg, the Bulldogs outscored its opponents by a combined score of 487 to 0 (poor Kid Woodruff, his teams only outscored its opponents in season openers by a combined score of 117 to 7.)

In Mark Richt's 11 previous seasons as head coach the most the Bulldogs have scored was 55 and the lowest allowed was 0. Here are his extremes.

Highest ScoredLowest Allowed
2010 vs Louisiana-Lafayette (55 points)2003 vs Clemson (0 points)
2004 vs Georgia Southern (48)2010 vs Louisiana-Lafayette (7)
2005 vs Boise State (48)2006 vs Western Kentucky (12)
2006 vs Western Kentucky (48)

...The most points by any Bulldog team scored in a season opener happened 99 years ago back in 1913 when Georgia defeated Alabama Presbyterian 108 to 0... (I bet it would have been fun doing the Statistically Speaking articles back then.)

One of the keys to this season's success is how quarterback Aaron Murray performs. Last season he broke the school's record by throwing 35 touchdown passes. The 35 was tied for the 6th most by a SEC player (the record is held by Kentucky's Andre' Woodson (40 in 2007.)) Here is a breakdown in distance on how long the touchdown passes were in 2011.

0-9 yards9 TD passes
10-19 yards10 TD
20-29 yards7 TD
30-39 yards4 TD
40-49 yards2 TD
50 or more yards3 TD

One of Murray's main targets is senior Tavarres King. In his last game, King broke the Georgia record by catching receptions for 205 yards (former record was 201 yards by Fred Gibson in the 2001 game against Kentucky.) The 205 yards was by Tavarres's best. Here are his top-5 games in terms of receiving yards.

2012 vs Michigan State (2011 season)205 yards
2009 vs Kentucky109
2010 vs Florida104
2010 vs Arkansas 91
2010 at Mississippi State 79

... this is actually Tavarres's 5th season playing. In 2008, he played a small bit before redshirting. From 2008 to 2010 he had a total of 47 receptions... in 2011 alone he had 47 receptions.)

The most important outcome for a team's offense is their scoring. Last season 20 different players scored at least one touchdown. It was the most number of players scoring for a Mark Richt's team. Here is the amount of players that scored at least one touchdown for the Bulldogs per season under the current coach.

200113 players200713
200217 200818

On defense, Georgia has two of the biggest players ever to play football between the hedges. Combined John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers are over 700 pounds. These two mammoths are the two heaviest Georgia players ever to play for Mark Richt. Another player on the current roster is also in the top-5 (weights are according to the Georgia media guide or

1.John Jenkins358 pounds
2.Kwame Geathers355
3.Max Jean-Gilles348
4.Alex Jackson345
t-5.Kareem Marshall335
t-5.Chester Adams335
t-5.Justin Anderson335
t-5.Jonathan Taylor335

... 50 years ago, back in 1962, Georgia starting line's weight averaged just over 224 pounds... I wonder what they are going to weigh 50 years from now, hmmm.

Jarvis Jones wreaked havoc on all offenses in his first season playing for the Bulldogs. He led the SEC in sacks and was just .5 away from the Georgia record. But sacks started slowly for him last season. He had just 4 sacks during his first 7 games before notching 9 ½ more in his final 7 games.

Also, Georgia has had only two players to have at least 10 sacks in a season twice, David Pollack and Richard Tardits while Tardits was the only one to have done it in back-to-back seasons.

Last season, Georgia had a very good balance on players making tackles. In fact, Shawn Williams led the team with just 72, but it was the team effort on defense that made the group a dominant one. Seven players had over 50, the most since 2003. Here is the amount of 50 tacklers per season under Mark Richt.

20017 players20074
20029 20085
20037 20095
20046 20104

As for interceptions, last season was the most by the Bulldogs' defense in a season under Mark Richt. Here is a breakdown on the picks per season since 2001.

200112 interceptions200715

Soccer ---

The Soccer season is well underway and the Bulldogs are off to another good start. Steve Holeman's team is 3 and 1 on the season, and in their last game they defeated South Dakota State 5-0. It was the 18th time in team's history that Georgia has scored 5 or more goals in a game while posting a shutout. It never happened last season and it happened just once the season before, so it is kind of a big deal. The most it happened in a season was twice and that happened a few times. Here is that list.

19962 times20040
19971 20052

Volleyball ---

The Volleyball team is also off to a great start. Lizzy Stemke's bunch has started the season 3 and 0 (as of Wednesday). The first game of the season for the girls was a 3-0 win against the Georgia Southern. Georgia has never lost to that in-state rival. Here is a list of teams that Georgia has had a perfect record against with at least 6 matchups.

Georgia Southern11 and 0
Furman10 and 0
Western Carolina8 and 0
UNC Charlotte6 and 0
USC Upstate6 and 0

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

John Kasay is still kicking around in the NFL and is still doing quite well. Last season he was 28 for 34 in field goals for the New Orleans Saints. His 28 field goals made him tied for 9th in most field goals in the NFL. Overall he has 461 field goals in his career. That is good enough for 6th in the history of the league. Now, the 5th place guy (Jason Hanson) is still in the league, but if Kasay kicks the way he is capable, he can move into 3rd or 4th place all-time. Here is the all-time list for most field goals in the NFL.

Morten Andersen565
Gary Anderson538
John Carney478
Matt Stover471
Jason Hanson463
John Kasay461

...John Kasay will be 43 in the middle of the season. To put that in perspective, he played college ball for Vince Dooley during the same time Ronald Reagan was president.

Bulldogs in the Major Leagues ---

Mitchell Boggs had a very good year in 2011. He was part of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Statistically he is having a better 2012. Overall he boasts a 2 and 1 record with an incredible ERA of 1.96 (as of Wednesday). Now in day games he is even more incredible. The right-hander has an ERA of 1.03 under the sun. If you count pitchers that have thrown at least 25 innings in day games, Boggs has the 6th lowest ERA.

Here is a list of those great day pitchers.

Brandon Morrow0.32 ERA
Wade Miley0.36
Hiroki Kuroda0.84
Jose Quintana0.88
Aroldis Chapman0.94
Mitchell Boggs1.03

Bulldogs in the Minor Leagues ---

The ace at Foley Field in 2012 was southpaw Alex Wood. The left-hander was 7 and 3 with a super low earned run average of 2.73. He was eventually picked in the 2nd round of the MLB amateur draft (85th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. In the minors, he has continued his impressive ways. So far for the Rome Braves (Single A) his ERA is just 2.03 in 48 2/3 innings. He does not have enough innings to qualify for the ERA title, but when looking the current leader of the South Atlantic League's ERA of 2.39 and the fact only five pitchers have a ERA below 3.00, it makes Wood's ERA look amazing. In his last 8 starts Wood has a ERA of 1.72 and if he take away the one bad outing in that time period (I know you can't, but if you did) when he gave up 5 earned runs to Hickory in 4 2/3 innings, then Wood's ERA would be just 0.56 in that period. There is only a few more games left on the Rome Braves season so he may get one more start.

Bulldogs on the PGA Tour ---

Most people who are fans of the PGA Tour already know how great former Bulldog Bubba Watson is after all he won the 2012 Masters. But other former Georgia golfers are also tearing it up on tour. In fact, currently there are 2 former Dawgs that are in the top 5 in most top-25 finishes by PGA rookies (Brian Harman and Harris English.) Here are the top 5 rookies in terms of top-25 finishes so far this PGA season.

Seung-yul Noh11 top-25s
John Huh10
Brian Harman9
Bud Cauley9
Harris English8

Bulldogs on the ATP Tennis Tour ---

John Isner had a great collegiate career and has so far enjoyed tremendous success on the ATP Tour. Last week he won his 2nd straight Winston-Salem Open and this week he is the highest seeded American at the US Open where he is seeded 9th. On Wednesday he won his first round match against Xavier Malisse in four sets. Of all the grand slams it is the US Open where he has had his most success. He is a breakdown of his singles record in each of the four grand slams including Wednesday's match.

US Open12-5 record
Australian Open7-5
French Open3-4

... last year at the US Open, Isner reached the quarterfinals before losing to Andy Murray. It was the farthest he has advanced in any of the grand slams.



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