Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon
Sept. 30, 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...
As we look back at Ole Miss and look ahead at Mississippi State, I notice that Georgia has had success against both teams from the Magnolia State. The Bulldogs are 31-12-1 against the Rebels and 16-6 against the other Bulldogs. On several occasions they defeated both in the same season. Here are those times they accomplished this feat.
Aaron Murray now has 35 career TD passes, which moves him to a tie for 5th place with former signal caller Quincy Carter on the Georgia all-time list. Three more and he ties his offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Three is something that is definitely in reach this week. He has done at least that in 6 of his last 9 games. Here is a breakdown on TD passes per game.
4 in a game - 1 time
3 in a game - 7 times
2 in a game - 4 times
1 in a game - 2 times
0 in a game - 3 times
Through the first 4 games, Murray has 11 on the season. The Georgia single-season record is 25 held by Matthew Stafford in 2008, although through the first 4 games that season, Stafford only had 5 touchdown strikes.
Isaiah Crowell is tearing it up on the ground. For the 2nd time in 4 weeks he has won the SEC Freshman of the Week award. The award hasn't been around too many seasons, but if he wins another he will tie Knowshon Moreno for most times winning the weekly award. Here are the list of the Bulldogs that have won this award a multiple of times.
Knowshon Moreno - 3 times (2007)
Matthew Stafford - 2 times (2006)
A.J. Green - 2 times (2008)
Washaun Ealey - 2 times (2009)
Aaron Murray - 2 times (2010)
Isaiah Crowell - 2 times (2011)
(Joe Cox and Rennie Curran each won the award once)
In the last game, Crowell did something that a Georgia player has not done in awhile. He had 30 rushing attempts-a Bulldog has only done that 4 times under Mark Richt.
Verron Haynes: 2001 at Georgia Tech (39 attempts)
Musa Smith: 2002 vs Ole Miss (37 attempts)
Knowshon Moreno: 2007 vs Florida (33 attempts)
Isaiah Crowell: 2011 at Ole Miss (30 attempts)
Orson Charles and Aron White both had big games at Ole Miss, as both had touchdown catches to help lead the Dawgs to victory. In the game, Charles moved past the 1,000 mark in career receiving yards. He is 2nd on the active list for most receiving yards by an active tight end in the SEC. In 3rd place is his teammate Aron White. Here at the top-5 in the SEC.
|Brandon Barden (Vandy)||1,026 yards|
|Orson Charles (Georgia)||1,006 yards|
|Aron White (Georgia)||477 yards|
|Marcus Green (Miss State)||469 yards|
|Deangelo Peterson (LSU)||353 yards|
Georgia was stellar on defense in the last game as well. One of the major improvements throughout the season has been pass defense. Check out the Georgia's stats after facing Heisman candidate Kellen Moore in game one compared to what the Dawgs have done in the last 3 games.
|Comp Pct||Pass Yards/Game||TD passes||Interceptions|
|vs Boise State||82.4||261||3||1|
One of the players showing up big in pass defense is Bacarri Rambo. Currently Rambo leads the nation with a 1.33 interceptions/game, as he picked off 2 passes in the last game to bring his season total to 4. For his career, the junior from Donalsonville now has 9, and he is 4th all-time for most interceptions under Mark Richt. Here are the top-5.
With the 2 interceptions I mentioned above, Rambo became the 9th Bulldog to have multiple picks in a game for Mark Richt.
|Tra Battle: 3 at Auburn (2006)||Kelin Johnson: 2 vs Auburn (2007)|
|Boss Bailey: 2 vs Florida (2001)||Asher Allen: 2 vs Hawaii (2008)|
|Sean Jones: 2 at Auburn (2002)||Darryl Gamble: 2 at LSU (2008)|
|Sean Jones: 2 vs South Carolina (2003)||Bacarri Rambo: 2 at Ole Miss (2011)|
|Tony Taylor: 2 vs Virginia Tech (2006)|
Drew Butler nailed some booming punts this past week averaging over 55 yards per kick. For the season, he average is up to 48.1 yards per punt which is tied for 5th in the FBS and 2nd in the SEC. If he keeps this average, he will eclipse the season record in which he already owns by the slimmest of margins. Here are the top-5 punting averages.
Drew Butler: 16 punts/769 yards - 48.06 average (2011)
Drew Butler: 56 punts/2,691 yards - 48.05 average (2009)
Chip Andrews: 63 punts/2,858 yards - 45.5 average (1984)
Bobby Walden: 44 punts/1,991 yards - 45.3 average (1958)
Drew Butler: 50 punts/2,225 yards - 44.5 average (2010)
Georgia had a big win last week against the South Carolina Gamecocks in double overtime. Sophomore Alexa Newfield had both goals. She currently has 8 goals and 4 assists, which is the exact same total she had in all of last season. The 8 goals lead the Bulldogs and she is also tied for first in the SEC as well. With her 2 goals in the last game in marks the 4th game this Bulldog has done that under Steve Holeman. Here are the players that have had a multiple goals in a game under the 2nd-year coach.
Alexa Newfield - 4 games
Meghan Gibbons - 2 games (including a hat trick)
Susannah Dennis - 1 game
Nicole Locandro - 1 game
Over last weekend seniors Ann Dylla and Kathleen Gates played in their 400th career set for the Georgia Bulldogs. They have played every set possible in their time spent wearing the Red and Black for a total of 404 so far. The record for most career sets by a Georgia player is 513 set by Sue Ushela when she did this feat back in the early 1980s. While it is unlikely that Dylla and Gates will break this record here is a breakdown on how they got to this level.
3-set matches: 51 times
4-set matches: 34 times
5-set matches: 23 times
Senior Wil Spencer defeated top-seed Eric Quigley of Kentucky in straight sets to win the Southern Intercollegiate Championship. During the tournament, Spencer defeated players from rivals such as Georgia Tech and Florida as well as teammate Ignacio Taboada in the semifinals. This was the 19th time a Georgia player won the singles tournament (1 time was a co-champion). This is the oldest and largest fall tournament in all of college tennis as it started back in 1968. The Bulldogs have had the most success, winning 19 Division I singles titles in this tournament compared to the next highest which is Florida that has won just 4. Spencer, being a senior will not have a chance to win this tournament twice, something a Georgia player has done 5 times before. Those 5 players are some of the best players ever to play for the Dawgs. (Manuel Diaz, Mikael Pernfors, Al Parker, John Roddick and John Isner.)
Georgia traveled up to Pennsylvania last weekend and won a tri-match against Princeton and Army. The Bulldogs finished at 7 over and won by 9 strokes. One of the leaders for the Dawgs was freshman Nicholas Reach (who is from Pennsylvania). Freshmen being stars for Georgia golf is not new as 7 former linksters have won the SEC Freshman of the Year award.
|Mark Northey||1996||Hudson Swafford||2007|
|Kevin Kisner||2003||Harris English||2008|
|Brendon Todd||2004||Bryden Macpherson||2010|
|BULLDOGS IN THE NFL|
Former Bulldog Matthew Stafford is a big reason that the Detroit Lions are 3 and 0 this season. I will repeat the Lions are undefeated so far early in the NFL season. This season he is having one of the best seasons of any quarterback in the league and as for him personally, it is his best season by far. Last season, he fought injuries and played in only 3 games, the same number he has played this season. But here are his numbers after 3 games that he has played in each of his 3 seasons in the NFL.
|Comp Pct||TD Passes||Interceptions|
Will Witherspoon has had a very solid NFL career playing for the Panthers, Rams, Eagles and Titans. He is currently playing for the Titans and had a big game last week notching 4 tackles while adding an interception and a sack. It was the 3rd time that he had an interception and a sack in the same NFL game. Here are those games he did this feat and the opposing quarterback.
2004 with Panthers: at 49ers (Tim Rattay)
2009 with Eagles: at Redskins (Jason Campbell)
2011 with Titans: vs Broncos (Kyle Orton)
Jarius Wynn has played 3 seasons for the current Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers and this season he is having his best season up to date. The last 2 seasons, he played a total of 20 games combined, registering 9 tackles and 1 ½ sacks. So far in 3 games in 2011 he has 9 tackles and 3 sacks including a career 2 sacks against the Bears last week in Chicago.
|BULLDOGS IN BASEBALL (MLB)|
As we head into the major league postseason, I reflect on the Bulldogs that have played in the postseason throughout their careers. Current Cardinals pitcher Mitchell Boggs has experience as well as batters Glenn Davis and Jeff Treadway. Treadway has the distinction of being the first Atlanta Brave to score a run in a World Series back in 1991. Speaking of World Series, former Georgia great Spud Chandler played in 4 different World Series for the Yankees back in the 1940s, winning 3 of them. Another person with Bulldog ties has ties to the World Series. Hughie Jennings coached the Bulldogs back in the 19th century and later became a player-manager for the Tigers and helped advance Detroit to 3 World Series. Unfortunately for "Hustlin" Hughie, the Tigers did not win any of them.
|BULLDOGS IN BASKETBALL (WNBA)|
Former Lady Bulldog Coco Miller and the Atlanta Dream have advanced to the finals of the WNBA. This is the 2nd straight trip to the finals for her and the Dream. But if you want to talk super success in the WNBA playoffs by Lady Bulldogs the conversation starts and ends with Deanna 'Tweety' Nolan. Tweety won 2 titles playing for the Detroit Shock and in 2006 won the WNBA Finals MVP. She also has 601 career points in the WNBA playoffs which is the 3rd most by any player in history. She has also tallied 119 assists which is good for 5th all-time.
Wednesday, September 28th is former Bulldog radio announcer Larry Munson's 89th birthday. I can go on and on about how great this legend is and how incredible and memorable his calls are. Every Bulldog fan has their own favorite, but one of his most famous calls was the Buck Belue/Lindsay Scott go-ahead touchdown against Florida back in 1980. Since this is a statistics article and not a birthday article I decided to breakdown that call by the numbers...
|Length of play||93 yards (although Munson says 92 (third down from the 8))|
|First yard he mentions after catch||25 yard line (own)|
|Amount of times saying Lindsay||7 times (5 times saying Lindsay Scott)|
|Height of cushion in metal steel chair||5-inch cushion|
|Days Dawg fans have condominiums||4 days|
|People giving up on Bulldogs||2 (I gave up, so did you)|
|Miracle||1 (the last word)|