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Oct. 19, 2012

by Dave McMahon
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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 www.georgiadogs.com and for even more statistical insights you can follow me on twitter @dave_mc_stats.

And now for the extra stuff...

Football ---

Georgia is coming off an off week (not a bye week, I explained that in last week's article.) Here is how the Bulldogs have fared the week before and after off weeks the previous five seasons.

Week BeforeWeek After
2007def Vanderbiltdef Florida
2008lost to Alabamadef Tennessee
2008def Auburnlost to Georgia Tech
2009def Vanderbiltlost to Florida
2010lost to Auburndef Georgia Tech
2011def Vanderbiltdef Florida

The game this weekend is in Lexington, Kentucky. In previous seasons that's been good for the Bulldogs. Of all the current opposing cities/towns in the conference, Lexington is a place where the Dawgs succeed the most. Here are the top opposing places in current SEC towns/cities where Georgia has had the most success.

Lexington, Kentucky (Kentucky)24 wins
Nashville, Tennessee (Vanderbilt)24
Columbia, South Carolina (South Carolina)19
Auburn, Alabama (Auburn)14
Oxford, Mississippi (Ole Miss)10
Knoxville, Tennessee (Tennessee)9

Aaron Murray is still top in some categories and climbing several others. The majority of them are found in this week's Georgia notes provided by the award-winning Georgia Sports Communications staff. One of the major ones he is climbing is career TD passes by a Georgia Bulldog. He is currently one behind David Greene (technically he is two behind... one of Greene's TD passes does not count statistically since he had one is the 2001 bowl game which was before bowl stats counted.) Anyway I broke down Murray's games played by his TD passes and what Georgia's record is in those games.

0 TD passes5 games2-3 record
1 TD pass41-3
2 TD passes108-2
3 TD passes107-3
4 TD passes32-1
5 TD passes11-0

Georgia also has to have a good running game in order to be successful. This season, they may accomplish something they haven't done since the 2007 season. That was the last time the Dawgs had more rushing touchdowns in a season than passing touchdowns. Here is a breakdown every since and counting 2007.

TD rushesTD passes
20122012
20111537
20102125
20091724
20082127
20073220

Defensively one of the stars for the Bulldogs has been linebacker Amarlo Herrera. Last season he played every game as a true freshman. This season, he's played in all of them as well. He also has13 career starts in that time. Here is a breakdown of last season's stats and this seasons.

20112012
Games146
Starts85
Solo Tackles1625
Assists2122
Total Tackles3747

Soccer ---

The soccer team is on a three-game road trip as they wrap up their SEC regular season. The Bulldogs start their journey with a team they have had success against, and a team they have never played. First they square off against the other Bulldogs, Mississippi State. Then, they'll play the Aggies of Texas A&M. Here are the teams in which the Georgia Soccer team has the most wins against.

Against South Carolina13 wins
Against Georgia State12
Against Mississippi State11
Against Kentucky11
Against Arkansas10
Against Vanderbilt10

Swimming ---

Two of the most successful teams in Georgia history have been the Men's and Women's Swimming teams. Coach Jack Bauerle is a huge reason why, and this season he is off to a great start as both teams defeated in-state rival Georgia Tech on Wednesday. Defeating the Yellow Jackets is nothing new for Bauerle, as he is a combed 28-0 against them. He has led the women to a 18-and-0 record vs Tech, and the men's team to a 7-and-0 record. He was also 3-and-0 as a competitor for the Bulldogs. Coach has not only made the Bulldogs a power in the SEC and NCAA, he has made them global. Twelve current or former Bulldog swimmers were members of their countries' Olympic teams this summer including five for the United States (thirteen if you count diving.) Six of those swimmers also competed this week in the meet against Georgia Tech. Allison Schmitt was the most successful. Fresh off winning five medals in London (three gold) she won two individual titles on Wednesday. Here are the swimmers that were Olympians and swam for Georgia this week.

Yousef Alaskari
Andrew Gemmell
Matias Koski
Allison Schmitt
Shannon Vreeland
Ediz Yildrimer

(Brittany MacLean did not compete against Georgia Tech.)

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

Ben Watson caught his first touchdown pass of the season for the Cleveland Browns in their win against the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday. For his career he has 26 which is the most by a Georgia tight end in the NFL. Here are the top 5 in that category.

Ben Watson26 TD receptions
Randy McMichael24
Jermaine Wiggins14
Clarence Kay13
Leonard Pope9

Akeem Dent has become a valuable player on the Atlanta Falcons defense this season. Last season he played in all 16 games but only registered 1 tackle. This season he has 17 including 8 in the comeback win against the Oakland Raiders last Sunday. Here are the most tackles by a Bulldog in a NFL game this season.

Will Witherspoon (Titans)11 vs Chargers
Will Witherspoon (Titans)9 vs Lions
Akeem Dent (Falcons)8 vs Raiders
Dannell Ellerbe (Ravens)8 vs Patriots
Charles Johnson (Panthers)8 vs Falcons

Kicker Blair Walsh is having a great season for the Minnesota Vikings. So far the rookie has connected 16-for-17 field goals including a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals 50 or more yards. Georgia has had some very successful kickers in the NFL, but which former Bulldog has the most in a NFL season? Here are the top-5 with some added for ties.

John Kasay199637 field goals
Todd Peterson199934
John Kasay200332
Kevin Butler198531
Kevin Butler198628
John Kasay201128
John Kasay200828
Todd Peterson199628

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