#1 Ranked Bulldogs Open Season With a 45-21 Victory over Georgia Southern
It was a successful day for the Georgia Bulldogs today at Sanford Stadium. The exciting and much anticipated game day began with the pre-game ceremony introducing the new UGA VII mascot to the fans. “Loran’s Best” officially took his place in University of Georgia history with the introduction by UGA President Dr. Michael F. Adams, where the new red leather spiked collar was place around the neck of the new mascot.
There was also a football game to be played on the field, and Georgia showed the offensive power backing up their number one ranking, the first time they have been ranked #1 going into the first week of the season. The Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) took care of Georgia Southern with good performances from top athletes including three touchdown runs from tailback Knowshon Moreno, and a career-high 275 yards passing from quarterback Matthew Stafford. Another impressive stat was the 535 total yards put up in today’s game. Redshirt Freshman Caleb King also showed the depth at tailback by providing 95 rushing yards on 12 carries, as starting tailback Moreno suffered cramps early in the third quarter. Lucky for Georgia fans, it was only cramps, as Moreno pulled up limp after rushing for his third TD. The good news is that he’s fine, and will be ready to go next week as the Bulldogs host Central Michigan next Saturday before their schedule tests them heavily with trips to Arizona State & LSU, and home games against SEC rivals and top 25 ranked Alabama & Tennessee.
Courtesy: UGA Sports Communications – Release: 08/29/2008
ATHENS, Ga. — The seventh in the Uga line of Georgia mascots will be introduced to the Georgia people on Saturday, Aug. 30, during pre-game ceremonies of the Bulldogs’ season opener against Georgia Southern.
“Loran’s Best” will officially become “Uga VII,” when he is introduced for the first time to the Sanford Stadium crowd prior to the 12:34 p.m. kickoff. Members of the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family of Savannah who have owned the continuous line of mascots since Uga I took up the mantle in 1956 will escort him onto the field.
Uga VII’s coronation will become official when UGA President Dr. Michael F. Adams slips the new red leather spike collar over his head during the ceremony at midfield. He succeeds his father, Uga VI, who passed away in June of this year. Charles Seiler and two Seiler grandchildren will escort Uga VII onto the field: Margaret Story and Sara Thompson.
At 56 and one half pounds, he’ll be second only to Uga VI as the biggest mascot in the line. Seiler said he “has an excellent coat and bears a striking resemblance to his father.”
“He’s a great pet, already answers to his name, loves to travel and ride in the car,” said Seiler. “He sleeps in his kennel in the den and is fed Hill’s prescription maintenance dog food at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Uga VII already loves to sit on the dock by the river and is ready for his first boat ride.”
“Loran’s Best” was originally named for long-time Georgia Athletic Association personality Loran Smith. Seiler said Uga VII has an entire new wardrobe made with the same material as the team jerseys.
Participating in the pre-game ceremony will be UGA Director of Athletics Damon Evans and the Georgia Redcoat Band. University Alumni Association president Trey Paris will also present a proclamation to the Seiler family honoring Uga VI and welcoming Uga VII.
Other Seiler family members on the field will be Frank W. “Sonny” and Cecelia Seiler, Swann Seiler, Wendy (Mrs. Charles) Seiler, Shannon and Bess Thompson and their children Tennyson and Seiler Thompson, Todd and Sara Story and their children Anna and William Story.
A video tribute to Uga VI will be shown on the stadium scoreboard prior to the official introduction of Uga VII.