Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Oct. 26, 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

Georgia faces Florida once again. The good news is that the Bulldogs are coming off an off week where they can have a chance to rest and get healthy and have extra time to prepare for their opponent. The bad news is that the Gators are coming off an off week as well.

Mark Richt is 12-4 after an off week and 1-1 against Florida in those games. All-time the Bulldogs are 3-3 against the Gators following that open date and here are those games, results and a little more.

1938: Won 19-6 - Head Coach Joel Hunt's only season benefits from 13 4th qtr points to break a 6-6 tie
1987: Won 23-10 - Georgia out-rushed Florida 306 rush yards to 42
1990: Lost 38-7
1991: Lost 45-13
2007: Won 42-30 -Sparked by freshman Knowshon Moreno's 188 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns
2009: Lost 31-17

This is Georgia's first off week of the season. Some seasons Georgia has had more than one off week. Here is what the Bulldogs have done the last 5 seasons the game following their off week.

2006: defeated Georgia Tech 15-12
2007: defeated Florida 42-30
2008: defeated Tennessee 26-14
lost to Georgia Tech 45-42
2009: lost to Florida 41-17
2010: defeated Georgia Tech 42-34

A lot of individual stats after the Vanderbilt game came in last week's article which can be found here but if you want some new ones here they are.

Aaron Murray has 46 career touchdowns, 40 through the air and 6 of them on the ground. His total of 46 is tied for 6th all-time in TD responsibility. The other members on the list are pretty impressive if you ask me.

David Greene

77

Eric Zeier

71

Frank Sinkwich

60

Matthew Stafford

57

Herschel Walker

52

Aaron Murray

46

Charley Trippi

46

Quincy Carter

46

This will be Isaiah Crowell's first chance to run against the Florida Gators. Currently, Crowell is not in the top-5 on Georgia's freshman rush yard list, but he is gaining. Here is the top-5 and their season total and what they did the first time they faced the Gators.

Season Rush Yards Frosh Season vs UF Game Result
Herschel Walker 1,616 238 Won (1980)
Knowshon Moreno 1,334 188 Won (2007)
Rodney Hampton 890 103 Won (1987)
Thomas Brown 875 59 Won (2004)
Keith Henderson 731 145 Won (1985)

On defense Georgia will benefit by getting linebackers Alec Ogletree and Cornelius Washington back. All together the Dawgs have started 8 different players in the linebacker position in their first 7 games. Here are those players and how many starts they have had.

Jarvis Jones

7 games

Michael Gilliard

5 games

Amarlo Herrera

5 games

Cornelius Washington

3 games

Chase Vasser

3 games

Christian Robinson

2 games

Shawn Williams

1 game

Alec Ogletree

1 game

Speaking of Jarvis Jones, he was just named 1 of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award which is given to the nation's best linebacker. A Georgia Bulldog has never won this award. As of now, he is 1 of 3 SEC players to make it this far. Jones is currently tied for 2nd for most tackles for loss in the SEC with 10. Only Upshaw has more with 11, but then again, Alabama has played in 8 games compared to Georgia's 7.

Tackles for loss is something that Georgia has done a lot this year. The Junkyard Dawg defense appears to be back, especially in this category. Under Mark Richt, this season's squad has averaged the 2nd most tackles for loss per game during the season. Only the 2002 SEC Champion team had more. Here is a season-by-season total.

 Tackles for Loss Games Per Game Total
2001 81 11 7.4
2002 115 14 8.2
2003 80 14 5.7
2004 87 13 6.7
2005 90 13 6.9
2006 8013 6.2
2007 9013 6.9
2008 74 13 5.7
2009 90 13 6.9
2010 79 13 6.1
2011 54 7 7.7

Former linebacker John Brantley (not the Gator quarterback), the tackling machine for the Bulldogs back in the 1980's will be inducted into the Georgia/Florida Hall of Fame this weekend. Brantley led the Bulldogs with 7 tackles in the upset of the #1 ranked Gators back in 1985. That tackle number seems low compared to 415 tackles he had in his career which ranks 4th all-time on the Georgia Bulldog list. Here is the top-5 in Bulldog career tackles.

Ben Zambiasi 467
Greg Bright 453
Tommy Thurson 448
John Brantley 415
Nate Taylor 390

The other player to be inducted for Georgia is Bill Saye. In the 1954 game, he had 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery not to mention a blocked extra point which turned out to be the difference in a 14-13 victory over the Gators.

Blair Walsh tied his career-high with 4 field goals in the last game against Vanderbilt and broke his career-best when he totaled 15 points. Walsh has connected with at least 1 field goal in a game 40 times in his career. Only former Bulldog Billy Bennett connected in more games with 43.

One more interesting thing I noticed when I was looking over the Georgia and Florida rosters. Since when did the number 6 jersey become something that big guys like to wear? I always thought running backs, wide receivers and defensive backs wore that number. There are 5 players in the SEC that don't fit that mold and I use the term fit loosely. Here are those 5 players and their weights.


Georgia Defensive Lineman: John Jenkins351 pounds
Florida Defensive Lineman: Jaye Howard 303 pounds
South Carolina Defensive Lineman: Melvin Ingram276 pounds
Arkansas Tight End: Colton Miles-Nash261 pounds
Vanderbilt Tight End: Brandon Barden 246 pounds

Since a lot of teams have double numbers there are 13 other players in the SEC who also wear number 6. The average weight of those 13 players is 193 pounds. Georgia's other number 6 is backup quarterback Michael Tamburo who tips the scales at 196 pounds.

SOCCER

Georgia had a very interesting week last week. They didn't win any of the 2 games, but then again they didn't lose. They tied twice. It was 0-0 at Auburn last Thursday and 2-2 vs Alabama at home on Sunday. This was their first 2 ties of the season. Georgia has had back-to-back ties 4 times in their history. Here are those 4 times. (Georgia has never had 3 ties in a row)

1995 at South Carolina and at Florida --- It was Georgia's first season in existence
2004 vs Colorado and vs Georgia State --- It was the season's first 2 games
2010 vs Arkansas and vs Kentucky --- It was part of a 4 ties in a 7-game stretch
2011 at Auburn and vs Alabama --- Only one that was 1 home and 1 away

MEN'S GOLF

Georgia won their first tournament of the 2011-2012 golf season this week at the ODU/Outerbanks Collegiate Invitational in Powells Point, North Carolina. Individually, sophomore T.J. Mitchell won his first tournament of his career. In the 3 rounds, he finished 15 under par. The Albany, Georgia native had 14 birdies, 3 eagles and 5 bogeys throughout the tourney. The team victory for Georgia was the Bulldogs 46th under Chris Haack. There could be up to 8 more tournaments this season so there is chances for even more. Here are the amount of team tournament wins for Georgia under Chris Haack since taking over.

1996-97: 0 wins 2004-05: 3 wins
1997-98: 4 wins 2005-06: 6 wins
1998-99: 4 wins 2006-07: 5 wins
1999-00: 3 wins 2007-08: 3 wins
2000-01: 6 wins 2008-09: 5 wins
2001-02: 0 wins 2009-10: 3 wins
2002-03: 1 win 2010-11: 1 win
2003-04: 1 win 2011-12: 1 win
EQUESTRIAN

Led by sophomore Abby O'Mara and junior Carly Anthony, Georgia's 4th ranked Equestrian team defeated #7 Kansas State on Saturday then defeated #9 TCU on Sunday both at their home facility in Bishop, Georgia. Georgia is 2-1 this season and have 2 major opponents coming up in early November namely SEC foes Auburn and South Carolina. Between Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina they have won all 9 Varsity Equestrian National Championships since the title started . They also have combined for 4 Reserve National Championships (2nd place). Here is a breakdown on these 3 SEC schools and their success.

  Georgia Auburn South Carolina
Varsity Equestrian National Championships 5 2 2
Reserve National Championships 2 1 1

(currently these teams are ranked #1 (Auburn), #3 (South Carolina) and #4 (Georgia)... the only non-SEC school in the top-4 is Texas A&M at #2... then again the Aggies will join the SEC next season... so look out nation, another sport where the SEC completely dominates... even more!)

BULLDOGS IN THE NFL

Chris Clemons has had back-to-back games for the Seattle Seahawks with 2 sacks. He now has 6 on the season and a career total of 37. Last season he had 11. So that is 17 in the last 2 seasons which is tied for 7th best in the last 2 seasons combined. Here are the leaders in this category.
(noticed there is another Bulldog on this list)

DeMarcus Ware 23 ½ Sacks Tamba Hali 18 ½ Sacks
Jared Allen 22 ½ Sacks Charles Johnson 17 ½ Sacks
Jason Babin 19 ½ Sacks Chris Clemons 17 Sacks
Cameron Wake 19 Sacks LaMarr Woodley 17 Sacks

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Asher Allen tied a career-high when he had 11 tackles against the Green Bay Packers. He now has 99 career tackles, but here are the games in which he had the most.

2011 vs Packers: 11 Tackles
2010 vs Giants: 11 Tackles
2010 at Eagles: 7 Tackles
2011 vs Cardinals: 6 Tackles
2010 at Saints: 6 Tackles
2010 at Jets 6 Tackles
2009 at Cardinals: 6 Tackles

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