Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Sept. 21, 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 check out the individual sport and game you are looking for on www.georgiadogs.com.

And now for the extra stuff...
FOOTBALL
What a great game for the Bulldogs last week! The offense clicked, the defense took charge and the special teams contributed as well. I have stats that will make you think on all three...

Let's start with the offense...

I know a lot of it depends on who your first 3 opponents are, but after 3 games Georgia has scored 122 points. That's the highest popping total by a Mark Richt Bulldogs team ever. Here are the top 3.

2011: 122 points (21, 42, 59)
2008: 115 points (45, 56, 14)
2005: 109 points (48, 17, 44)

It is also the 6th highest by any Georgia team in its history.

1910: 202 points (101, 79, 22)
1913: 179 points (108, 51, 20)
1915: 149 points (79, 64, 6)
1941: 129 points (81, 34, 14)
1922: 123 points (82, 41, 0)
2011: 122 points (21, 42, 59)

The 59 points was the 2nd highest score by a Mark Richt team, and the 9th time one of his teams went over 50 points. Here are all those scores.

62 points: 2004 at Kentucky
59 points: 2011 vs Coastal Carolina
56 points: 2008 vs Central Michigan
55 points: 2010 vs Louisiana-Lafayette
55 points: 2010 vs Idaho State
52 points: 2002 at Kentucky
52 points: 2008 at LSU
52 points: 2009 at Arkansas
51 points: 2002 vs Georgia Tech

Aaron Murray, despite not playing the entire game, had a very good game statistically. The 3 TD passes aren't new- In fact, he has done at least that in 6 of his last 8 games. He also scored a rushing touchdown. He has done that in a game as well. His backup Hutson Mason also threw and ran for a touchdown. Here is a list of the most career rushing touchdowns by a Georgia quarterback under Mark Richt.

D.J. Shockley7
Matthew Stafford6
Aaron Murray5
David Greene5
Hutson Mason1


Murray of course is known more for his passing, his accurate passing to be more well, accurate. Here are the top 3 in both career and season completion percentage.

Careercomp pctSeasoncomp pct
Aaron Murray2010-11 61.5Mike Bobo199765.0
Eric Zeier1991-95 59.8Eric Zeier199363.3
Hines Ward1994-97 59.2Aaron Murray201163.1


(Hines Ward became the primary quarterback during his sophomore season after starters Mike Bobo and backup Brian Smith had injuries)

Malcolm Mitchell scored another touchdown for the Dawgs. That score was 1 of 6 receptions he had in the game. The freshman currently leads Georgia with 14 receptions. The last 2 times that a Georgia freshman led the Bulldogs in receptions in a season was in Terrence Edwards in 1999 and Lindsay Scott in 1978.

(if you were curious, A.J. Green was 2 behind Mohamed Massaquoi and Massaquoi was 1 behind Leonard Pope)

On the defensive side...

Georgia posted another shutout- the 6th under Mark Richt and the 2nd under Todd Grantham. Here they are, and how much they allowed in the next game.

ScoreOpponentPts allowed in following game
30-02003 at Clemson(10 vs Middle Tennessee)
18-02006 at South Carolina(0 vs UAB)
34-02006 vs UAB(13 vs Colorado)
38-02009 vs Tennessee Tech(24 vs Auburn)
43-02010 vs Vanderbilt(31 at Lexington)
59-02011 vs Coastal Carolina


Against Coastal, Georgia allowed the 2nd fewest total yards in a game under Mark Richt. They allowed 63 rushing and 49 through the air, for a combined 112. Here are the 5 best. Number 4 may surprise you.

2009vs Tennessee Tech55
2011vs Coastal Carolina112
2010vs Louisiana-Lafayette128
2002vs Arkansas (SEC Championship)139
2010vs Vanderbilt140


Individually Abry Jones is providing pressure and making tackles. He is currently tied for 4th on the team with 14 tackles. It's rare that a defensive linemen finishes near the top of a tackle list for a season. Only former Bulldog and 3-time All-American David Pollack finished a season in the top-5 on a Mark Richt team and he did it 3 straight seasons. Here are the leaders in tackles in each Mark Richt-coached season and where they ranked on Georgia's list in that year. All players that are eligible on this list have played in the NFL.

2001 - Charles Grant6th2007 - Marcus HowardT-7th
2002 - David Pollack3rdGeno Atkins
2003 - David Pollack4th2008 - Geno AtkinsT-8th
2004 - David Pollack4thCorvey Irvin
2005 - Quintin Moses8th2009 - Justin Houston8th
2006 - Charles Johnson6th2010 - DeAngelo TysonT-8th (tied with a DB)


(Houston was 3rd in tackles in 2010, but he was playing linebacker in the new 3-4 system)

On special teams, Blair Walsh booted the ball again. He nailed a career-long 56-yard field goal early in the 3rd quarter against Coastal Carolina. He is now 2 away from Kevin Butler's ( his holder's father) record for most 50-yard field goals made as a Georgia Bulldog. Here is a breakdown for both kickers on 50-yard attempts season-by-season.

Kevin ButlerBlair Walsh
1981 (freshman) 2-42008 (freshman)2-5
1982 (sophomore)2-42009 (sophomore)4-5
1983 (junior)2-42010 (junior)2-2
1984 (senior)5-92011 (senior)1-2
total11-21total9-14
BULLDOG AWARD WINNERS
Bulldog tight end Aron White was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He is being honored for making a difference in his community. A total of 11 FBS and 11 FCS players were honored overall. White makes 13 times that a Georgia Bulldog has been honored since the award's inception back in 1992. The 13 times is the most by any school. Nebraska and St. Thomas (Minnesota) both have 12. For more information on this, please visit http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092011aag.html.
SOCCER
Georgia is currently on a 5-game win streak, and they are about to face to big-time rivals Florida on Friday and South Carolina on Sunday (both are at the UGA Soccer Stadium in Athens). This is the longest Georgia win streak under 2nd year head coach Steve Holeman. If the Bulldogs go undefeated this week, they will tie the team's longest streak ever. Here are the longest win streaks in the team's 17-year history.

1999 - 7 games
1997 - 6 games
2001 - 6 games
2005 - 6 games
2007 - 6 games
VOLLEYBALL
The Bulldogs volleyball team also has 2 big SEC tilts this upcoming week, and both are at home as well. Senior Kathleen Gates will try to become the 6th Georgia player in history with 4,000 career assists. She currently has 3,968 with the 450 she has added this season so far. She has led the team in each of her first 3 seasons at Georgia- only Jenny McDowell, Mindi Westfall and Margot Wallace have led the Bulldogs in 4 straight seasons.

(Gates' sister Samantha, plays volleyball for Stevens Institute of Technology and leads her team in assists this season as well with 300)
WOMEN'S TENNIS
Georgia had a very successful weekend last week at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational. In fact many of the ladies defeated several ranked opponents in singles and doubles. (ranks are in parenthesis)

singles

Maho Kowase (56) defeated Caroline Lilley (69) of Georgia Tech and Elizabeth Epstein (92) of Yale
Kate Fuller defeated Jillian O'Neill (21) of Georgia Tech
Lauren Herring defeated Viet Ha Ngo (44) of Georgia Tech

doubles

Fuller/Herring (20) defeated O'Niell/Lilley (6) of Georgia Tech
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL
Long long long-time NFL veteran John Kasay nailed 3 more field goals in a victory for the New Orleans Saints over the Chicago Bears. Those 3 kicks moves Kasay into 6th place past Jason Elam on the all-time list of career field goals in the National Football League.

Morten Andersen565
Gary Anderson538
John Carney478
Matt Stover471
Jason Hanson443
John Kasay438
Jason Elam436


A.J. Green had a huge day last Sunday statistically hauling 10 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. In his 2nd career game he did 2 things that it took Hines Ward (possibly the greatest NFL wide receiver in Georgia Bulldogs history) a lot longer to do. It was Ward's 57th career game in the pros before he had his first 100-yard receiving game and his 60th career game before he had his first 10 reception game. Now how long it will take A.J. Green to win a Super Bowl MVP award or a "Dancing with the Stars" title is anybody's guess.

On a sad note, former Bulldog Thomas Davis tore his ACL for the 3rd time in 2 years. Davis had some very productive seasons for the Panthers before the bad luck started. During that time he accumulated 3 career interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Here are those victims of those turnovers.

InterceptionsFumble Recoveries
2007 - Tony Romo2007 - Ike Hilliard
2009 - Josh Johnson2008 - Edgerrin James
2009 - Kurt Warner2011 - Kevin Kolb
BULLDOGS IN BASEBALL (MLB)
Robby Hammock played one season for Georgia's baseball team back in 1998 and batted .322 while finishing tied-for-1st in RBI and 2nd in home runs. After being drafted by the Diamondbacks he broke in the majors back in 2003 and played there for awhile, but got sent back down and hasn't played in "The Show" since 1998. He recently was called back up to the bigs and should see some playing time down the stretch. Stat geeks will remember him as the catcher for Randy Johnson's perfect game against the Atlanta Braves back in 2004. Hammock also played all 8 field positions in a single minor league game in 2001. That versatility is not new to the former Bulldog. Here is his breakdown by position that he has played in college and beyond.

GeorgiaMinorsMajors
35 games as catcher522 games as catcher109 games as catcher
11 games in left field78 games at third base22 games in left field
6 games in center field47 games at first base21 games at third base
2 games at third base41 games in left field14 games in right field
37 games in right field2 games at first base
5 games at second base
1 game as designated hitter
BULLDOGS IN GOLF (PGA Tour)
As the PGA Tour season winds down, former Bulldog Bubba Watson currently 18th in FedExCup Standings still has a chance to win it all (including a $10 million bonus) if a few things happen at the season tournament-ending Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The lefty (not Mickelson) basically needs to win the tournament plus: Webb Simpson needs to finish 12th or worse, Dustin Johnson needs to finish 5th or worse, Justin Rose needs to finish 4th or worse and Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedekar all need to finish 3rd or worse. In case you were wondering in 2 previous Tour Championships, Bubba has finished tied-for-17th last year and 30th or dead last in 2008. As Lloyd Christmas would say, "So you're saying there's a chance!"
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