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Georgia Bulldogs football
2016 Georgia Bulldogs football team
UGA logo.svg
First season 1892
Athletic director Greg McGarity
Head coach Kirby Smart
1st year, 8–5 (.615)
Other staff Jim Chaney (OC)
Mel Tucker (DC)
Stadium Sanford Stadium
Year built 1929[1]
Seating capacity 92,746[1]
Field surface Grass
Location Athens, Georgia
Conference SEC
Division Eastern
Past conferences SIAA (1895–1921)
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record 794–418–54 (.648)
Bowl record 30–19–3 (.606)
Claimed nat'l titles 2 (1942, 1980)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 4 (1920, 1927, 1946, 1968)
Conference titles 14 (12 SEC)
Division titles 7
Heisman winners 2
Consensus All-Americans 24
Current uniform
Colors Red and Black[2]
Fight song Hail to Georgia, Glory, Glory
Mascot Uga
Hairy Dawg
Marching band Georgia Redcoat Marching Band
Primary Rivals Florida Gators
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Auburn Tigers
Emerging Rivals Tennessee Volunteers
South Carolina Gamecocks

The Georgia Bulldogs football program represents the University of Georgia in the sport of American football. The Bulldogs compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games at historic Sanford Stadium on the university's Athens, Georgia, campus. Georgia's inaugural season was in 1892. UGA claims two national championships (1942 and 1980); the AP and Coaches Polls have each voted the Bulldogs the national champion once (1980). UGA declines to claim four other national championships awarded by some selecting organizations and publications. The Bulldogs have won 14 conference championships, including 12 SEC Championships, and have appeared in 52 bowl games, the fifth most all time. The program has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, four No. 1 National Football League (NFL) draft picks, and many winners of other national awards. The team is known for its storied history, unique traditions, and rabid fan base.


Conference affiliations[edit]

Georgia was a founding member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, one of the first collegiate athletic conferences formed in the United States. Georgia participated in the SIAA from its establishment in 1895 until 1921. During its tenure in the SIAA, Georgia was conference co-champion in two years, 1896 and 1920.[3] In 1921, the Bulldogs, along with 12 other teams, left the SIAA and formed the Southern Conference.[4] During its time in the Southern Conference, the team never won a conference championship. In 1932, the Georgia Bulldogs left the Southern Conference to form and join the SEC, where Georgia has won the third most SEC football championships, with 12, behind Alabama (24) and Tennessee (13).[5]


The first mention of "Bulldogs" in association with Georgia athletics occurred on November 28, 1901, at the Georgia-Auburn football game played in Atlanta. The Georgia fans had a badge saying "Eat `em Georgia" and a picture of a bulldog tearing a piece of cloth"; however, it was not until 1920 that the nickname "Bulldog" was used to describe the athletic teams at the University of Georgia. Traditionally, the choice of a Bulldog as the UGA mascot was attributed to the alma mater of its founders and first president, Abraham Baldwin, who graduated from Yale University.[6] Prior to that time, Georgia teams were usually known as the "Red and Black." On November 3, 1920, Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story about school nicknames and proposed:

The Georgia Bulldogs would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity.[7]

After a 0-0 tie with Virginia in Charlottesville on Nov. 6, 1920, Atlanta Constitution writer Cliff Wheatley used the name "Bulldogs" in his story five times. The name has been used ever since.


Uga VI Official Photo
Sanford Stadium
  • Uga (pronounced UH-guh) is the name of a lineage of white Bulldogs which have served as the mascot of the University of Georgia since 1956. The current mascot, "Que", officially took the role of Uga X on October 23, 2015, shortly before Uga IX, or "Russ", died after four years serving as the mascot.[8] Deceased Ugas are interred in a mausoleum near the main entrance to Sanford Stadium. Georgia is the only school to bury its past mascots inside the football stadium.[9]
  • Glory, Glory is the rally song for the Georgia Bulldogs and was sung at football games as early as the 1890s. The rally song was arranged in its current form by Georgia professor Hugh Hodgson in 1915. While "Glory, Glory" is the most commonly played Georgia song, the school's official fight song is "Hail To Georgia" which is played after field goals.[9]
  • The ringing of the Chapel Bell after a Georgia victory started in the 1890s when the playing field was located near the Chapel and freshmen were compelled to ring the Chapel's bell until midnight to celebrate the victory.[7] Today, freshmen are no longer required to do the chore, with students, alumni, and fans taking their place.
  • "How 'bout them Dawgs" is a slogan of recent vintage that first surfaced in the late 1970s and has become a battle cry of Bulldog fans.[7] The slogan received national attention and exposure when Georgia won the national championship in 1980 and wire services proclaimed "how 'bout them dogs".
  • Silver britches – When Wally Butts was named head coach in 1939, he changed the uniform by adding silver-colored pants to the bright-red jersey already in use. The "silver britches" became very popular, and were a source of multiple fan chants and sign references over the years, the most well-known being "Go You Silver Britches". When he was hired in 1964, Vince Dooley changed Georgia's uniform to use white pants, but reinstated the silver pants prior to Georgia's 1980 national championship season. Georgia's use of the "silver britches" continues to the present day.[9]
  • The "Dawg Walk" is a tradition that features the football players walking through a gathering of fans and the Redcoat Band near the Tate Student Center as they enter Sanford Stadium. Vince Dooley began the tradition, originally leading the team into the stadium from the East Campus Road side. Ray Goff changed the Dawg Walk to its current location in the 1990s, but eventually discontinued the practice altogether. Mark Richt revived it starting with the 2001 season, and it continues to the present day.[10]


Georgia's standard home uniform has not significantly changed since 1980, and consists of a red helmet with the trademarked oval G, red jerseys, and famous silver britches.[9]

Wally Butts first introduced the "silver britches", as they are colloquially known, in 1939. When Vince Dooley became Georgia's head coach, he changed the team's home uniform to include white pants. The uniform was changed back to silver pants prior to the 1980 season, and has remained silver ever since.[9]

Georgia's earliest helmet was grey leather, to which a red block "G" logo was added in 1961. The shirts were usually red, sometimes with various striping patterns. Their uniforms in the pre-World War II era varied at times, sometimes significantly. Photographic evidence suggests that black shirts, vests, and stripes of various patterns were worn at times over the years.

Vince Dooley was the first to incorporate a red helmet into the uniform in 1964, adopting the oval "G", a white stripe, and white facemasks. Anne Donaldson, who graduated from Georgia with a BFA degree and was married to Georgia assistant coach John Donaldson, was asked by Dooley to come up with a new helmet design to replace the previous silver helmet. Dooley liked the forward oriented stylized "G" Donaldson produced, and it was adopted by him. Since the Georgia "G" was similar to the Green Bay Packers' "G" used since 1961, Coach Dooley cleared its use with the Packers organization. Nonetheless, Georgia has a registered trademark for its "G" and the Packers' current, redesigned, "G" logo is modeled after the University of Georgia's redesign of Green Bay's original "G" logo. The helmet change was part of a drastic uniform redesign by Dooley, who also replaced the traditional silver pants with white pants that included a black-red-black stripe. The jerseys remained similar to the pre-1964 design, however, with a red jersey and white numbers.

Prior to the 1980 season, the "silver britches" were re-added to Georgia's uniform with a red-white-black stripe down the side. Since the 1980 season, Georgia has utilized the same basic uniform concept. The sleeve stripes, trim colors, and font on Georgia's home and away jerseys have varied many times, but the home jerseys have remained generally red with white numbers, and away jerseys have remained generally white with black numbers.

The most recent trim redesign occurred in 2005, when sleeve stripe patterns were dropped in favor of solid black jersey cuffs on the home jersey and solid red cuffs on the away jersey. Matte gray pants have also been used at times instead of "true" silver since 2004, mainly because the matte gray pants are of a lighter material.

One of the things that make Georgia's uniform unique is its relative longevity, and the fact that it has very rarely changed over the years. There have been occasions, however, when alternate uniforms have been worn.

  • Red pants were used instead of silver as part of Georgia's away uniform at various times during the 1980s.
  • Black facemasks and a white-black-white helmet stripe were worn during the 1991 Independence Bowl.
  • Black pants were used instead of silver as part of Georgia's away uniform during the 1998 Outback Bowl and home uniform during [11] the 1998 Florida game.
  • Black jerseys were worn instead of red as part of Georgia's home uniform in games against Auburn and Hawaii during the 2007 season, in 2008 against Alabama and in 2016 against Louisiana-Lafayette.[12]
  • A unique away uniform was worn against Florida in 2009. This uniform included black helmets with red facemasks, a white stripe, and the traditional oval "G" logo; white jerseys with black numbers; and black pants.[13]
  • For the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State in the Georgia Dome, Georgia wore a Nike Pro Combat uniform that was significantly different from the traditional home uniforms. The Nike Pro Combat uniforms used a non-traditional matte-finish red color, and included the following:[14]
    • Silver helmets with a large red stripe and traditional oval "G" logo
    • Black facemasks with a large red stripe in the middle, mirroring the red stripe on the helmet
    • Two-tone red jerseys with black sleeves, trim, and numbers
    • The word "Georgia" on the back of the jerseys instead of players' names
    • Red pants


The Bulldogs have three main football rivals: Auburn, Florida, and Georgia Tech. All three rivalries were first contested over 100 years ago, though the series records are disputed in two cases. Georgia does not include two games from 1943 and 1944 against Georgia Tech (both UGA losses) in its reckoning of the series record, because Georgia's players were in World War II and Georgia Tech's players were not. Georgia also includes a game against one of the four predecessor institutions of the modern University of Florida in 1904 (a Georgia win) that national sportswriters[15][16][17] and Florida's athletic association do not include.

Georgia has long-standing football rivalries with other universities as well, with over 50 games against five additional teams. Since the formation of the SEC Eastern Division in 1992, Georgia has had an emerging rivalry with the Tennessee Volunteers. The Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry has been a game of increasing importance; South Carolina won the SEC Eastern Division Championship in 2010, Georgia in 2011 and 2012.

Rivalry Rival Games played First meeting Last meeting UGA won UGA lost Ties UGA % Streak Most recent win
Deep South's Oldest Rivalry Auburn Tigers 120 1892 2016 57 55 8 .508 3 wins 2016, 13-10
Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 110 1893 2015 65 41 5 .612 1 loss 2016,20-21
Florida–Georgia football rivalry Florida Gators 94 1915 2015 50 42 2 .543 2 losses 2013, 23-20
Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalry Vanderbilt Commodores 77 1893 2016 55 20 2 .727 1 loss 2015, 31-14
Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry South Carolina Gamecocks 69 1894 2016 49 18 2 .725 2 wins 2016, 28–14
Clemson–Georgia football rivalry Clemson Tigers 64 1897 2014 42 18 4 .651 1 win 2014, 45–21
Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry Tennessee Volunteers 46 1899 2016 21 23 2 .478 2 losses 2014, 35–32


As of the end of the 2016 season, the Georgia Bulldogs had played 121 seasons with an all-time record of 794–418–54 (a .655 winning percentage). A complete decade by decade list of game results can be found at Georgia Bulldogs football (all games). Note: Georgia was also the only Division I FBS program to win at least 8 games every season from 1997–2009.

Bowl games[edit]

The Bulldogs have played in 52 bowl games and have a record of 30–19–3. They have played in a record 17 different bowls. On the all-time lists, the Bulldogs are tied for the fifth most bowl appearances[18] and tied for third for bowl game victories.[19]

Georgia Bulldogs bowl games by year
W/L/T Date Bowl Opponent PF PA Coach
W 1942-01-01 Orange Bowl TCU 40 26 Wally Butts
W 1943-01-01 Rose Bowl UCLA 9 0 Wally Butts
W 1946-01-01 Oil Bowl Tulsa 20 6 Wally Butts
W 1947-01-01 Sugar Bowl North Carolina 20 10 Wally Butts
T 1948-01-01 Gator Bowl Maryland 20 20 Wally Butts
L 1949-01-01 Orange Bowl Texas 28 41 Wally Butts
L 1950-12-09 Presidential Cup Texas A&M 20 40 Wally Butts
W 1960-01-01 Orange Bowl Missouri 14 0 Wally Butts
Wally Butts's bowl record: 5–2–1
W 1964-12-26 Sun Bowl Texas Tech 7 0 Vince Dooley
W 1966-12-31 Cotton Bowl Classic SMU 24 9 Vince Dooley
L 1967-12-16 Liberty Bowl NC State 7 14 Vince Dooley
L 1969-01-01 Sugar Bowl Arkansas 2 16 Vince Dooley
L 1969-12-20 Sun Bowl Nebraska 6 45 Vince Dooley
W 1971-12-31 Gator Bowl North Carolina 7 3 Vince Dooley
W 1973-12-28 Peach Bowl Maryland 17 16 Vince Dooley
L 1974-12-21 Tangerine Bowl Miami (Ohio) 10 21 Vince Dooley
L 1976-01-01 Cotton Bowl Classic Arkansas 10 31 Vince Dooley
L 1977-01-01 Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh 3 27 Vince Dooley
L 1978-12-31 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Stanford 22 25 Vince Dooley
W 1981-01-01 Sugar Bowl Notre Dame 17 10 Vince Dooley
L 1982-01-01 Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh 20 24 Vince Dooley
L 1983-01-01 Sugar Bowl Penn State 23 27 Vince Dooley
W 1984-01-01 Cotton Bowl Classic Texas 10 9 Vince Dooley
T 1984-12-22 Citrus Bowl Florida State 17 17 Vince Dooley
T 1985-12-28 Sun Bowl Arizona 13 13 Vince Dooley
L 1986-12-23 Hall of Fame Bowl Boston College 24 27 Vince Dooley
W 1987-12-29 Liberty Bowl Arkansas 20 17 Vince Dooley
W 1989-01-01 Gator Bowl Michigan State 34 27 Vince Dooley
Vince Dooley's bowl record: 8–10–2
L 1989-12-30 Peach Bowl Syracuse 18 19 Ray Goff
W 1991-12-29 Independence Bowl Arkansas 24 15 Ray Goff
W 1993-01-01 Florida Citrus Bowl Ohio State 21 14 Ray Goff
L 1995-12-30 Peach Bowl Virginia 27 34 Ray Goff
Ray Goff's bowl record: 2–2
W 1998-01-01 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 33 6 Jim Donnan
W 1998-12-30 Peach Bowl Virginia 35 33 Jim Donnan
W 2000-01-01 Outback Bowl Purdue 28 25 Jim Donnan
W 2000-12-24 Oahu Bowl Virginia 37 14 Jim Donnan
Jim Donnan's bowl record: 4–0
L 2001-12-28 Music City Bowl Boston College 16 20 Mark Richt
W 2003-01-01 Sugar Bowl Florida State 26 13 Mark Richt
W 2004-01-01 Capital One Bowl Purdue 34 27 Mark Richt
W 2005-01-01 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 24 21 Mark Richt
L 2006-01-01 Sugar Bowl West Virginia 35 38 Mark Richt
W 2006-12-30 Chick-fil-A Bowl Virginia Tech 31 24 Mark Richt
W 2008-01-01 Sugar Bowl Hawaii 41 10 Mark Richt
W 2009-01-01 Capital One Bowl Michigan State 24 12 Mark Richt
W 2009-12-28 Independence Bowl Texas A&M 44 20 Mark Richt
L 2010-12-31 Liberty Bowl Central Florida 6 10 Mark Richt
L 2012-01-02 Outback Bowl Michigan State 30 33 Mark Richt
W 2013-01-01 Capital One Bowl Nebraska 45 31 Mark Richt
L 2014-01-01 Gator Bowl Nebraska 19 24 Mark Richt
W 2015-12-30 Belk Bowl Louisville 37 14 Mark Richt
Mark Richt's bowl record: 9–5
W 2016-01-02 TaxSlayer Bowl Penn State 24 17 Bryan McClendon (interim)
Bryan McClendon's bowl record: 1–0
W 2016-12-30 Liberty Bowl TCU 31 23 Kirby Smart
Kirby Smart's bowl record: 1–0
Overall bowl record: 30–19–3
Georgia Bulldog bowl games: all-time records by bowl
Bowl Record Appearances Last appearance Winning %
Belk Bowl
(formerly Continental Tire Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl)
1–0 1 2014 season 1.000
Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct) 0–1 1 1978 season .000
Capital One Bowl
(formerly Tangerine Bowl and Citrus Bowl)
4–1–1 6 2012 season .750
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
3–2 5 2006 season .600
Cotton Bowl Classic 2–1 3 1983 season .667
Independence Bowl 2–0 2 2009 season 1.000
Liberty Bowl 2–2 4 2016 season .500
Music City Bowl 0–1 1 2001 season .000
Oahu Bowl (defunct) 1–0 1 2000 season 1.000
Oil Bowl (defunct) 1–0 1 1945 season 1.000
Outback Bowl
(formerly Hall of Fame Bowl)
3–2 5 2011 season .600
Orange Bowl 2–1 3 1959 season .667
Presidential Cup Bowl (defunct) 0–1 1 1950 season .000
Rose Bowl 1–0 1 1943 season 1.000
Sugar Bowl 4–5 9 2007 season .444
Sun Bowl 1–1–1 3 1985 season .500
Taxslayer Bowl (formerly Gator Bowl) 3–1–1 5 2015 season .600

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Season at
Kirby Smart Head Coach 1st
Mel Tucker Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs 1st
Jim Chaney Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 1st
James Coley Wide Receivers 1st
Shane Beamer Tight Ends, Special Teams 1st
Dell McGee Running Backs 1st
Sam Pittman Offensive Line 1st
Glen Schumann Inside Linebackers 1st
Kevin Sherrer Outside Linebackers 3rd
Tray Scott Defensive Line 3rd
Scott Sinclair Strength & Conditioning 1st


Georgia's football teams have benefited from strong recruiting classes. The table below shows their national class rankings since 2002.

Georgia Bulldogs recruiting class rankings
Year 24/ Commits Top commit
2016 7 10 7 20 Jacob Eason, QB
2015 6 7 8 29 Trenton Thompson, DT
2014 8 7 9 21 Sony Michel, RB
2013 12 12 10 33 Tray Matthews, S
2012 8 12 5 29 John Theus, OT
2011 6 5 6 26 Ray Drew, DE
2010 11 15 12 19 Alec Ogletree, LB
2009 5 6 6 20 Branden Smith, CB
2008 7 7 5 23 A.J. Green, WR
2007 9 9 13 23 Aron White, TE
2006 3 4 4 27 Matthew Stafford, QB
2005 6 10 19 Mohamed Massaquoi, WR
2004 7 9 19 Brandon Miller, LB
2003 9 6 24 Paul Oliver, CB
2002 9 3 29 Marquis Elmore, LB

Team awards and records[edit]

Claimed national championships (2)[edit]

Years in which the Bulldogs finished with a number-one ranking in at least 3 of the final national polls recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame and included in the official NCAA Football Record Book:[20][21]

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Opponent Result
1942 Wally Butts Houlgate, Sagarin, Litkenhous 11–1 Rose Bowl UCLA W 9-0
1980 Vince Dooley Coaches, AP 12–0 Sugar Bowl Notre Dame W 17-10
Total Claimed National Championships: 2
  • 1942 – 11–1 Georgia was chosen as champion by at least half of the recognized polls. Georgia was led by All-Americans Frank Sinkwich and end George Poschner, along with a young back named Charley Trippi. The Bulldogs knocked off 9 consecutive opponents and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Georgia earned a Rose Bowl bid after it blanked Georgia Tech 34–0 in Athens to end the regular season. Georgia then edged UCLA 9–0 in the Rose Bowl.
  • 1980 – The Bulldogs beat Notre Dame 17–10 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12–0 and claim the National Championship. Notable contributors during the season included Herschel Walker, Buck Belue, and Lindsay Scott (Georgia was listed first by AP, Berryman, FACT, FB News, FW, Helms, National Championship Foundation, NFF, Poling, Sporting News, and UPI).

Conference championships[edit]

Georgia has won a total of 14 conference championships, including 12 SEC Championships.

Conference affiliations:

  • 1891–95, Independent
  • 1896–1920, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • 1921–32, Southern Conference
  • 1933–present, Southeastern Conference
Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1896† SIAA Glenn "Pop" Warner 4–0 3-0
1920† SIAA Herman Stegeman 8–0–1 8-0
1942 SEC Wally Butts 11–0 6–1
1946† SEC Wally Butts 11–0 5–0
1948 SEC Wally Butts 9–2 6–0
1959 SEC Wally Butts 10–1 7–0
1966† SEC Vince Dooley 10–1 6–0
1968 SEC Vince Dooley 8–1–2 5–0–1
1976 SEC Vince Dooley 10–2 5-1
1980 SEC Vince Dooley 12–0 6–0
1981† SEC Vince Dooley 10–2 6–0
1982 SEC Vince Dooley 11–1 6–0
2002 SEC Mark Richt 13–1 7–1
2005 SEC Mark Richt 10–3 6–2
Conference Championships: 14
† Denotes co-champions

Division championships[edit]

Georgia has won 7 SEC Eastern Division championships, and has made 5 appearances in the SEC Championship Game, most recently in 2012. The Dawgs are 2–3 in those games. Twice, in 1992 and 2007, Georgia was the Eastern Division co-champion, but lost a tiebreaker to appear in the championship game.

Year Division championship SEC CG result Opponent PF PA
1992† SEC East N/A Did Not Play
2002 SEC East W Arkansas 30 3
2003† SEC East L LSU 13 34
2005 SEC East W LSU 34 14
2007† SEC East N/A Did Not Play
2011 SEC East L LSU 10 42
2012† SEC East L Alabama 28 32
Totals 7 2–3 115 125
† Denotes co-champions

Overtime games[edit]

Following the 1995 season, the NCAA changed the rules to allow for overtime on games tied at the end of four quarters. Until that time, the Bulldogs had tied 54 times. Since then, Georgia has participated in 12 overtime games and has won seven of those games.[22]

Year Opponent Venue Number of OT Victor Score
1996 Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium 4OT Georgia W 56–49
1999 Georgia Tech Grant Field 1OT Georgia Tech L 51-48
2000 Purdue Outback Bowl 1OT Georgia W 28–25
2000 Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium 1OT Auburn L 29-26
2003 Purdue Capital One Bowl 1OT Georgia W 34–27
2007 Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium 1OT Georgia W 26–23
2010 Florida EverBank Field 1OT Florida L 34-31
2012 Michigan State Outback Bowl 3OT Michigan State L 33-30
2013 Tennessee Neyland Stadium 1OT Georgia W 34–31
2013 Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium 2OT Georgia W 41–34
2014 Georgia Tech Sanford Stadium 1OT Georgia Tech L 30-24
2015 Georgia Southern Sanford Stadium 1OT Georgia W 23-17


  • Georgia's victory over Auburn on November 11, 2006 was the Bulldogs' 700th win.


National award winners[edit]


The Bulldogs have had 68 players selected as All-Americans.[23] Of those 68 players, 25 were consensus All-Americans, as so-designated by NCAA rules.[24] While several players were selected in more than one year, only Frank Sinkwich, Herschel Walker, and David Pollack were selected as consensus All-Americans more than once.

The Georgia Bulldogs football players that have been selected as All-Americans are:

Player Position Selected Hometown
Bob McWhorter Halfback 1913 Lexington, Georgia
David Paddock Quarterback 1914 Brooklyn, New York
Joe Bennett Tackle 1922, 1923 Statesboro, Georgia
Chick Shiver End 1927 Sylvester, Georgia
Tom Nash End 1927† Washington, Georgia
Herb Maffett End 1930 Atlanta, Georgia
Red Maddox Guard 1930 Calhoun, Georgia
Vernon "Catfish" Smith End 1931† Macon, Georgia
John Bond Halfback 1935 Toccoa, Georgia
Bill Hartman Fullback 1937 Thomaston, Georgia
Frank Sinkwich Halfback 1941,† 1942‡ McKees Rock, Pennsylvania
George Poschner End 1942 Youngstown, Ohio
Mike Castronis Tackle 1945 Jacksonville, Florida
Charley Trippi Tailback 1946‡ Pittston, Pennsylvania
Herb St. John Guard 1946 Jacksonville, Florida
Dan Edwards End 1947 Gatesville, Texas
John Rauch Quarterback 1948 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Harry Babcock End 1952 Ocala, Florida
Zeke Bratkowski Quarterback 1952, 1953 Danville, Illinois
Johnny Carson End 1953 Atlanta, Georgia
Pat Dye Guard 1959, 1960 Blythe, Georgia
Fran Tarkenton Quarterback 1960 Athens, Georgia
Jim Wilson Tackle 1964 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ray Rissmiller Tackle 1964 Easton, Pennsylvania
George Patton Defensive tackle 1965 Tuscumbia, Alabama
Edgar Chandler Offensive guard 1966, 1967† Cedartown, Georgia
Lynn Hughes Safety 1966 Atlanta, Georgia
Bill Stanfill Defensive tackle 1968† Cairo, Georgia
Jake Scott Safety 1968† Arlington, Virginia
Steve Greer Defensive Guard 1969 Greer, South Carolina
Tommy Lyons Center 1969, 1970 Atlanta, Georgia
Royce Smith Offensive guard 1971‡ Savannah, Georgia
Craig Hertwig Offensive tackle 1975 Macon, Georgia
Randy Johnson Offensive guard 1975† Rome, Georgia
Mike "Moonpie" Wilson Offensive tackle 1976 Gainesville, Georgia
Joel Parrish Offensive guard 1976† Douglas, Georgia
Ben Zambiasi Linebacker 1976 Macon, Georgia
Allan Leavitt Placekicker 1976 Brooksville, Florida
George Collins Offensive guard 1977 Warner Robins, Georgia
Bill Krug Rover 1977 Washington, D.C.
Rex Robinson Placekicker 1979, 1980 Marietta, Georgia
Scott Woerner Cornerback 1980 Jonesboro, Georgia
Herschel Walker Tailback 1980‡, 1981‡, 1982‡ Wrightsville, Georgia
Terry Hoage Rover 1982†, 1983† Huntsville, Texas
Jimmy Payne Defensive tackle 1982 Athens, Georgia
Freddie Gilbert Defensive end 1983 Griffin, Georgia
Kevin Butler Placekicker 1983, 1984† Stone Mountain, Georgia
Jeff Sanchez Safety 1984† Yorba Linda, California
Peter Anderson Center 1985† Vineland, New Jersey
John Little Safety 1986 Lynn Haven, Florida
Wilbur Strozier Offensive tackle 1986 LaGrange, Georgia
Tim Worley Tailback 1988† Lumberton, North Carolina
Troy Sadowski Tight end 1988 Chamblee, Georgia
Garrison Hearst Tailback 1992‡ Lincolnton, Georgia
Eric Zeier Quarterback 1994 Marietta, Georgia
Matt Stinchcomb Offensive tackle 1997, 1998† Lilburn, Georgia
Champ Bailey Cornerback 1998† Folkston, Georgia
Richard Seymour Defensive tackle 2000 Gadsden, South Carolina
Boss Bailey Linebacker 2002 Folkston, Georgia
David Pollack Defensive end 2002†,2003, 2004† Snellville, Georgia
Jon Stinchcomb Offensive tackle 2002 Lilburn, Georgia
Sean Jones Rover 2003 Atlanta, Georgia
Thomas Davis Free Safety 2004† Cuthbert, Georgia
Greg Blue Free Safety 2005† College Park, Georgia
Max Jean-Gilles Offensive guard 2005† Miami, Florida
Knowshon Moreno Tailback 2008 Belford, New Jersey
Drew Butler Punter 2009‡ Duluth, Georgia
Rennie Curran Linebacker 2009 Snellville, Georgia
Justin Houston Linebacker 2010 Statesboro, Georgia
Bacarri Rambo Free Safety 2011 Donalsonville, Georgia
Jarvis Jones Linebacker 2011†, 2012‡ Columbus, Georgia
Designates a consensus All-American
Designates a consensus All-American that was selected by a unanimous vote

Current notable players[edit]

  • Nick Chubb, Running back, JR – One of two standout running backs for the Bulldogs along with Sony Michel. In eight starts, Chubb gained 1,547 rushing yards on 219 carries (7.1 YPC), and had 18 receptions for 213 receiving yards for a total of 16 touchdowns (14 rushing, 2 receiving) his freshman year.[25] Chubb was a member of the 2014 Associated Press All-SEC Football Team (First Team Offense).[26] For the 2015 season, Chubb had gained 747 yards on the ground and 37 yards in the air for a total of 8 touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury on the first play from scrimmage in week 6 at Tennessee. He is scheduled to return for the 2016 season after recovering from a torn PCL as well as damage to two other ligaments and cartilage.
  • Sony Michel, Running back, JR – After a promising freshman season inhibited by a shoulder injury, Michel became the lead RB after starter Nick Chubb went down with a knee injury in 2015. Michel gained over 1300 yards from scrimmage, including 1076 rushing yards, for a total of 10 touchdowns on the season.[27] A versatile player, Michel has the ability to play both the running back and wide receiver positions in each game.
  • Dominick Sanders, Safety, JR – In the 2014 season, Sanders was the only true freshman to start every game for DC Jeremy Pruitt. Known for his big play ability, Sanders made 3 interceptions and returned a fumble 54 yards for a touchdown in the regular season, and also recorded 2 interceptions in the Belk Bowl vs Louisville. In 2015, Sanders led the SEC with 6 interceptions including one for a touchdown, and also recorded 48 total tackles and a sack for the Bulldogs.[28] Sanders was named to the Second Team All-SEC for 2015.[29]
  • Jacob Eason, Quarterback, FR – Eason comes to UGA as one of the highest profile recruits for the class of 2016. As a 5-star pro-style quarterback, Eason is arguably the top recruit at his position and is expected to be the starter for the Bulldogs almost immediately.

Retired numbers[edit]

Player Position Pos Tenure
21 Frank Sinkwich HB 1941–43
34 Herschel Walker RB 1980–82
40 Theron Sapp RB 1955–58
62 Charley Trippi HB 1942–48

College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Sixteen former Georgia players and coaches have been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame.[9] In addition, one former player, Pat Dye, has been inducted into the Hall as a coach for Auburn.[30] The 16 individuals from Georgia inducted into the Hall are:


Player Position Years Induction
Bob McWhorter HB 1910–13 1954
Frank Sinkwich HB 1940–42 1954
Charley Trippi HB 1942, 1945–46 1959
Vernon "Catfish" Smith E 1929–31 1979
Bill Hartman FB 1935–37 1984
Fran Tarkenton QB 1958–60 1987
Bill Stanfill DT 1966–68 1998
Herschel Walker RB 1980–82 1999
Terry Hoage S 1980–83 2000
Kevin Butler PK 1981–84 2001
John Rauch QB 1945–48 2003
Jake Scott FS 1966–68 2011


Coach Years at Georgia Induction
Glenn "Pop" Warner 1895–96 1951
Vince Dooley 1964–88 1994
Wally Butts 1939–60 1997
Jim Donnan 1996–2000 2009

Coaching history[edit]

Head coaching records[edit]

The Bulldogs have had 26 head coaches:[31]

Order Name Seasons All W/L/T Win %
26 Kirby Smart 2016 – present 8–5–0 .615
25 Mark Richt 2001–2015 145–51–0 .740
24 Jim Donnan 1996–2000 40–19–0 .678
23 Ray Goff 1989–95 46–34–1 .574
22 Vince Dooley 1964–88 201–77–10 .715
21 Johnny Griffith 1961–63 10–16–4 .400
20 Wally Butts 1939–60 140–86–9 .615
19 Joel Hunt 1938 5–4–1 .550
18 Harry Mehre 1928–37 59–34–6 .626
17 George "Kid" Woodruff 1923–27 30–16–1 .649
16 Herman Stegeman 1920–22 20–6–3 .741
15 W. A. Cunningham 1910–19 43–18–9 .679
13 & 14 James Coulter & Frank Dobson 1909 1–4–2 .286
12 Branch Bocock 1908 5–2–1 .688
11 W. S. Whitney 1906–07 6–7–2 .467
10 Marvin D. Dickinson 1903, 1905 4–9–0 .308
9 Charles A. Barnard 1904 1–5–0 .167
8 Billy Reynolds 1901–02 5–7–3 .433
7 E. E. Jones 1900 2–4–0 .333
6 Gordon Saussy 1899 2–3–1 .417
5 Charles McCarthy 1897–98 6–3–0 .667
4 Glenn "Pop" Warner 1895–96 7–4–0 .636
3 Robert Winston 1894 5–1–0 .833
2 Ernest Brown 1893 2–2–1 .500
1 Charles Herty 1892 1–1–0 .500
TOTALS 1892–present 794–418–34 .651

Coaching awards[edit]

Vince Dooley – 2001
Vince Dooley – 1980
Brian VanGorder – 2003
  • College Football Hall of Fame
    • Glenn "Pop" Warner, inducted in 1951
    • Joel Hunt, inducted in 1967
    • Wally Butts, inducted in 1997
    • Vince Dooley, inducted in 1995

Future opponents[edit]

Non-division opponents[edit]

Georgia plays Auburn as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.[32]

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs Auburn at Auburn vs Auburn at Auburn vs Auburn at Auburn vs Auburn at Auburn vs Auburn at Auburn
at Ole Miss vs Mississippi State at LSU vs Texas A&M at Alabama vs Arkansas at Mississippi State vs Ole Miss at Texas A&M vs LSU

Non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of April 11, 2017[33]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
vs Appalachian State vs Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State vs Virginia (Atlanta, GA) at Georgia Tech vs Georgia Tech at Georgia Tech vs Georgia Tech at UCLA vs UCLA
at Notre Dame vs. UMass vs Notre Dame vs ETSU at Georgia Tech vs Georgia Tech
vs Samford vs Georgia Tech at Georgia Tech vs Georgia Tech
at Georgia Tech Murray State

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sanford Stadium". Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Color Palette (PDF). University of Georgia Athletics Brand Identity Guidelines. Georgia Bulldogs. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference Champions". Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Southern Conference History, Southern Conference 2006 Media Guide (accessed December 11, 2006)
  5. ^ All-Time Winningest Division 1-A Teams[dead link]
  6. ^ "132+ Teams in 132+ Days: University of Georgia Bulldogs • /r/CFB". 
  7. ^ a b c "Georgia Traditions". UGA Athletic Association. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Uga IX, 'Russ', passes". CBS nteractive. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Georgia Football 2011 Media Guide". Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ Richt to renew old Georgia traditions, Red and, August 31, 2001. (Last Retrieved August 21, 2011)
  11. ^ Video on YouTube
  12. ^, Photos of 2007 Georgia Bulldogs Black Jersey. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  13. ^, Photos of 2009 UGA Bulldogs Alternate Away Uniform. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  14. ^, Photos of 2011 Georgia Bulldogs Nike Pro Combat Uniform. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  15. ^ " NCF – Here's a toast to Florida-Georgia". 
  16. ^ "Punter-turned-kicker lifts Florida over Georgia in OT". 
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Most Bowl Appearances". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved July 21, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Most Bowl Wins". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  20. ^ Georgia Football National Championships[dead link]
  21. ^ "Past Division I-A Football National Champions". Archived from the original on January 17, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  22. ^ "Georgia 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). UGA. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  23. ^ All-American Georgia Bulldogs[dead link]
  24. ^ Official 2006 NCAA Divisions I-A and II-A Football Records Book Archived December 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., pp 213–228
  25. ^ "Nick Chubb". 
  26. ^ "The 2014 AP All-SEC football team". 
  27. ^ "Sony Michel". Archived from the original on February 2, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Dominick Sanders". Archived from the original on February 1, 2016. 
  29. ^ "SEC announces Coaches All-SEC Teams". 
  30. ^ "Pat Dye To Enter College Football Hall Of Fame". 
  31. ^ Former Head Coaches[dead link]
  32. ^ "SEC Future Football Schedule Rotation Announced". Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  33. ^ "Georgia Bulldogs Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 11 April 2017. 

Suggested reading[edit]

  • Stegeman, John F. (1997). The Ghosts of Herty Field: Early Days on a Southern Gridiron, Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. ISBN 0-8203-1959-7
  • Reed, Thomas Walter (1949). Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. History of the University of Georgia Chapter XVII: Athletics at the University from the Beginning Through 1947 imprint pages 3420–3691

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