Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Sept. 8, 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
As Georgia faces South Carolina on Saturday, they will be facing a team they have had luck against in the past. Of all the teams the Bulldogs have faced, they have the 6th most wins against the Gamecocks. Here are the top 6.

Georgia Tech61
Auburn52
Vanderbilt51
Kentucky50
Florida47
South Carolina46


Head Coach Mark Richt also has had success against South Carolina. Here are the top 5 opponents that Richt has the most wins against.

Vanderbilt9-1 record
Kentucky8-2
South Carolina7-3
Tennessee6-4
Auburn6-4


Of all the opponents that Mark Richt has faced, it's been the Gamecocks that have given the Dawgs the closest games. Here are the records under Richt in games decided by 7 points or less by SEC opponent.

South Carolina5-2Mississippi State1-0
Auburn3-2Vanderbilt1-1
Alabama2-0Kentucky1-2
Arkansas2-1Florida1-5
Tennessee2-1LSU0-2
Ole Miss1-0


Georgia has many ties to the state of South Carolina with its players. Some of the more notable players prior to Richt's arrival include: Kent Lawrence, Steve Greer, Gene Washington, Frank Ros and Richard Seymour. Overall there have been 15 players from the Palmetto State to play under Richt.

Kevin BreedloveA.J. GreenPrince Miller
CJ ByrdJakar HamiltonDexter Morant
Antavious CoatesMarcus HowardJared Noblet
Kwame GeathersTim JenningsBenjamin Watson
Robert GeathersJack LoonamCharles White


Georgia had some statistical bright spots against Boise State...

Brandon Boykin had a 80-yard touchdown run on his first career play on offense. 15 times in school history has a Georgia player rushed for at least 80 yards for a touchdown score and only Charlie Smith has done it twice and he did it in the same season (1945). Three times a player has done this feat under Mark Richt and here they are.

Knowshon Moreno80 yardsvs Troy (2007)
Richard Samuel80 yardsat Arkansas (2009)
Brandon Boykin80 yardsvs Boise State (2011)


That was Brandon, this is Branden. Branden Smith had his 3rd career interception during the game. Here are the quarterbacks he has interceptions against.

John Brantley - Florida (2010)
Jeff Godfrey - Central Florida (2010)
Kellen Moore - Boise State (2011)

Also on defense Jeremy Sulek came off the bench to make some tackles, seven to be exact. His former career-high was one in which he did four times all last season

vs Louisiana-Lafayette
at South Carolina
vs Vanderbilt
vs Idaho State

Orson Charles had a touchdown in the game as well as tying a career-high with 6 receptions and setting a career-high with 109 receiving yards. He is one of the best tight ends under Mark Richt statistically and the rate he is going may end up being on top. Here are the career records for tight ends while playing for Mark Richt at Georgia. (stats include bowl games)

ReceptionsReceiving YardsTD Receptions
Leonard Pope65Leonard Pope1,044Leonard Pope10
Benjamin Watson65Orson Charles905Orson Charles6
Orson Charles55Benjamin Watson852Aron White6
Benjamin Watson6


Freshman Malcolm Mitchell also had a touchdown. In his first career game, the Valdosta native also had 3 receptions for 64 yards. Here are some more Georgia notable wide receivers and how they did in their first career game for the Bulldogs.

Hines Ward1996 vs Southern Miss5 rec, 50 yds, 0 TD ***
Terrence Edwards1999 vs Utah State10 rec, 196 yds, 2 TD
A.J. Green2008 vs Georgia Southern2 rec, 40 yds. 1 TD


*** first game as WR (junior season) - as freshman he played RB, as sophomore he played QB

Blair Walsh did not have a great game statistically. He only attempted one field goal which was set at a career-high distance of 54 yards. Normally, the senior from Boca Raton is automatic even at a distance in that area. Here are the most career field goals 50 or more yards by a Georgia Bulldog.

Kevin Butler11
Blair Walsh8
Allan Leavitt6
Rex Robinson6
Brandon Coutu6
SOCCER
After victories over Minnesota and Iowa State, the Georgia soccer won the 2011 Minnesota Gold Classic. The win over the Gophers came in overtime, which was the first time the Dawgs played extra minutes this season. Last season they did 8 times which tied for the most in one season. Here are the most times the Bulldogs went into overtime in one season.

20108 times
20028
20046
19986
3 others5
VOLLEYBALL
Georgia defeated Kennesaw State on Tuesday in straight sets and will play in the Georgia Tech Regency Suites Invitational this weekend in Atlanta. On Friday, the Dawgs face the host of the tournament, Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs haven't defeated the Yellow Jackets in five straight meetings, but Tech is still one of the teams Georgia has defeated the most. Here is a list of teams the Georgia volleyball team has defeated the most.

South Carolina43Kentucky24
Ole Miss36Tennessee24
Mississippi State36Georgia Tech21
Auburn31Alabama21
Clemson28
BULLDOGS NAMED TO GEORGIA's CIRCLE OF HONOR
Former Bulldogs Billy Payne, Courtney Shealy and Kristy Kowal are the latest recipients to be named to Georgia's Circle of Honor. It is an extremely high honor to these former student athletes who not only excelled at Georgia, but internationally as well as they all have ties to the Olympics. They will be recognized at this Saturday's football game and will be inducted on April 13, 2012. For a complete release on this go to http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/090511aaj.html.

Billy Payne is 1 of 8 tight ends to lead the Bulldogs in receptions after a season (since 1966). But he is the only one on this list that would later change positions and become a star defensive end and was named All-SEC. Here are those 8 players.

Billy Payne1966Scott Williams1984
Bob Burns1972Kirk Warner1989
Richard Appleby1973-1975Leonard Pope2005
Clarence Kay1982Martrez Milner2006


Courtney Shealy is one of the greatest swimmers ever at the University of Georgia. She also excelled at volleyball for the Bulldogs and on three separate occasions she did her best Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan impersonation and played both for the Dawgs. But she did hers in one day becoming the first NCAA Division I female student-athlete to accomplish a feat like that. Here are those 3 days which she did the amazing task.

October 30, 1998 - swimming and volleyball at Florida
November 14, 1998 - swimming vs Texas and volleyball vs South Carolina
October 29, 1999 - swimming and volleyball vs Florida

One of her teammates in the pool was Kristy Kowal. She as well is one the greatest Bulldog swimmers of all time. She became national champion over and over again for Georgia. Here are the most national titles by an individual in individual races (no relays) by a Bulldog swimmer.

Kara Lynn Joyce - 9
Kristy Kowal - 7
Mary DeScenza - 6
BULLDOGS IN FOOTBALL (NFL)
As the NFL starts, we notice the league is full of Georgia Bulldogs and has been for quite awhile. Here are the active leaders for most games played in the NFL by a former Dawg entering the 2011 season.
John Kasay285current team - Saints
Hines Ward202current team - Steelers
Phillip Daniels201released by Redskins on July 28th
Champ Bailey181current team - Broncos
BULLDOGS IN TENNIS (ATP)
Through Tuesday's action, former Bulldog John Isner has advanced all the way the 4th round of the US Open mostly due to his monster big serve which Dawg legend Dan Magill called the 'Big Bertha'. Entering this grand slam, Isner's big bertha has led to 636 aces which leads the ATP tour. The next highest is Spaniard Feliciano Lopez who has 581.
BULLDOGS IN GOLF (NATIONWIDE TOUR)
Former Bulldog Erik Compton has played in tournaments in many different tours throughout his career including 30 tournaments on the PGA Tour. Currently he plays in the Nationwide Tour and is 7th on the money list. At the end of the year the top 25 in money earned automatically earn their PGA Tour card for this following year. This year, Compton has 3 top 10s including a win at the Mexico Open. The 31-year old is currently 2nd on the Nationwide Tour in scoring average, averaging a score of 68.75 per round.
BULLDOGS IN BASEBALL (MLB)
Former Bulldog Gordon Beckham has struggled at the plate this season, but this hasn't stopped the infielder on having one the best season's defensively in all of baseball. Entering this wednesday, Beckham has committed just 5 errors in 606 total chances at second baseman. The 5 errors is tied for 3rd lowest by any qualified 2nd baseman and his 367 assists is tied for 6th in the majors as well. The ironic thing is this is just his second season at this position. After playing shortstop for Georgia in the mid-to-late 2000s, he switched to third base his rookie season of 2009 before finding a home (at least for now) at second the following year.
BULLDOGS IN BASEBALL (MINORS)
Former Bulldog Stephen Dodson was a staple on the pitching staff for Georgia's 2006 and 2008 College World Series teams. In 2008, the right-hander was drafted in the 10th round by the Colorado Rockies. This year he has pitched for their Double-A club, the Tulsa Drillers. Despite never starting a game this season, he finished 2nd on the team in wins with 10. The 10 wins was also tied-for-8th in the Texas League. Of those other league-leading hurlers, he was the only reliever in that group. Winning is not uncommon for Dodson. He has a combined record of 20 wins and 5 losses in 3 minor league seasons.
BULLDOGS IN TRACK AND FIELD (IAAF)
Last week former Bulldog Reese Hoffa finished 5th in shot put at the finals of the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in South Korea. Hoffa threw the 16-pound shot a distance of 68 feet, 10 ½ inches. Hoffa won this event back in 2007. During that year he registered a distance of 73 feet, 7 ¼ inches which is still the 10th longest by an American ever. He hopes to improve his 7th place in the 2008 Summer Olympics with a medal next year in the 2012 games in London.

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