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UGA VS. KENTUCKY<br />

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IN THIS ISSUE<br />

VOLUME 21 NO. 8<br />

BUILT LIKE A BROCK!<br />

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SPORTS<br />

GEORGIA <strong>vs</strong> KENTUCKY<br />

PLAYERS TO WATCH | 14<br />

THE FIVE | 18<br />

FROM THE INTERN: COBY SERINA | 20<br />

A VIEW FROM … LEXINGTON | 22<br />

ROSTER | 24<br />

SOCIAL<br />

MIXTAPE: CHANDLER CALL | 27<br />

GEORGIA GIRLS: OLIVIA MASSIE | 28<br />

GAMEDAY PHOTOS | 30<br />

BULLDOG OPEN PHOTOS | 47<br />

WALLY’S BOYS PHOTOS | 50<br />

PROUST Q&A: JOHN MANLY | 52<br />

GEORGIA’S GRAND COUPLES: ALICE<br />

AND JOHN SANDS | 53<br />

MORE SPORTS<br />

HAMILTON CULPEPPER | 57<br />

STATS THAT MATTER | 58<br />

FROM THE FIELD | 60<br />

BUTLER’S PLAYERS OF THE GAME | 61<br />

JD’S TOP 12 | 62<br />

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EDITOR: Vance Leavy<br />

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October 3, 2023<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 6 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


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and then moving to quarterback for<br />

the last two titles. After committing to<br />

Colorado State in 2020, he chose to<br />

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where his father, Will Muschamp, is<br />

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FROM THE<br />

EDITOR<br />

VANCE LEAVY<br />

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After surviving the Auburn barnburner, it’s time to light up the Cats and <strong>Sanford</strong>!<br />

Wowsers, what a barnburner it was on the Plains<br />

this past Saturday as Kirby’s Dawgs had to dig<br />

deep to secure the victory over Auburn. The<br />

play on the field certainly wasn’t perfection,<br />

but thankfully neither the team, nor the terrific Red and Black<br />

fans in attendance ever panicked. Instead, collectively they all<br />

just kept chopping wood. Final result … Dawgs 27 Tigers 20.<br />

It truly was a battle in Jordan-Hare Stadium, so I would be<br />

remiss not to give the home team and the Auburn faithful a tip<br />

of the hat. They were ready to play from the opening whistle and<br />

really did enough to win the game. However, that wasn’t meant<br />

to be thanks to Brock Bowers’ dynamic performance, which was<br />

complimented by the steady play of the Dawgs’ signal caller,<br />

Carson Beck.<br />

Leading up to the game, I told folks that we would learn a ton<br />

about Carson due<br />

to the fact that he<br />

was making his road<br />

game start. And<br />

like always, when<br />

things are going War<br />

Eagle’s way, Jordan-<br />

Hare is probably the<br />

loudest stadium in<br />

the SEC. And I assure<br />

you the place was<br />

rocking the entire<br />

game. Nonetheless,<br />

our Dawgs stepped<br />

up, including freshman placekicker Peyton Woodring who was<br />

true on all his kicks.<br />

Not surprisingly, Kevin Butler (page 61) named Brock (offensive)<br />

and Peyton (special teams) as his players of the week. KB also<br />

tabbed Javon Bullard as his defensive player. It sure was nice<br />

to have No. 22 back on the field since he means so much to<br />

the <strong>Georgia</strong> defense. And the same for Ladd McConkey, who<br />

returned for the first time this season. And Kevin’s Unsung Dawg<br />

of the Week is extra special this week as it goes to his father, Joe.<br />

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Butlers during this time.<br />

Next up for our Dawgs is a red hot <strong>Kentucky</strong> team that arrives to<br />

<strong>Sanford</strong> Stadium undefeated. The success Mark Stoops continues<br />

to have at Big Blue is so impressive. And you can bet his team<br />

will be ready to play. They are always physical and always well<br />

prepared by an excellent coaching staff. It’s time to buckle up<br />

Bulldog Nation because Saturday’s game is guaranteed to be<br />

another slobber knocker.<br />

This issue of BI will get you ready. While it was hot as Hades in<br />

Auburn, it sure was a blast taking fan photos (pages 30-44) at the<br />

game. And thankfully, everyone in the photos are smiling, which<br />

was looking oh so questionable for most of the game.<br />

In our Social section (pages 25-54), enjoy our regular features …<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> Girls (Olivia Bienvenu Massie), Proust Q&A (John Manly),<br />

A GREAT DAY IN AUBURN FOR PEYTON WOODRING AND THE SMARTS<br />

(WESTON, KIRBY, JULIA, MARY BETH)<br />

PHOTOS BY: TONY WALSH/GEORGIA ATHLETICS<br />

MixTape (Chandler<br />

Call) and Grand<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> Couples<br />

(Alice and John<br />

Sanders). So many<br />

great Bulldogs,<br />

who are all so neat<br />

and interesting<br />

… touchdown<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>!!!<br />

Finally, Hamilton<br />

Culpepper is back<br />

in this issue with<br />

a terrific interview<br />

with PGA golfer<br />

Brian Harman (page 57). While Team USA fell short at the Ryder<br />

Cup, Brian played well and represented both the state of <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

and UGA with class. What an awesome year it has been for<br />

Harman. Congrats on your continued success.<br />

That’s going to do it for me. Like everyone who made the roadie<br />

to Auburn, I’m plumb tuckered out on this Sunday evening.<br />

However, it is so worth it as our Dawgs’ magic continues. See you<br />

on Saturday night. Let’s light up the Cats and <strong>Sanford</strong> in high<br />

fashion. Go Dawgs!!<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 8 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


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October 19, 2019 was a bad day, but helped these Dawg rise like a Phoenix<br />

It rained and rained and rained and<br />

never stopped. The rain started<br />

sometime between 7 a.m. and 8<br />

a.m. in the morning. It went until<br />

sometime between midnight and 1:00<br />

a.m. Never relenting. On a scale of 1 to 10,<br />

with a 10 being a deluge, it was between a<br />

7 and an 8 all morning, all day and all night<br />

long. I’ve never experienced or witnessed<br />

a rainstorm last that long with that much<br />

of a constant downpour in Athens.<br />

Of course, the next day was gorgeous, as<br />

was the lovely day before.<br />

The date was Saturday, October 19, 2019.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> and <strong>Kentucky</strong> played football<br />

that night. Kirby Smart’s powerhouse<br />

program had a meteoric rise, winning the<br />

Southeastern Conference and playing<br />

for the national title in 2017, and sniffing<br />

something similar in 2018. The Bulldogs<br />

of 2019 had gotten off to a 5-0 start,<br />

highlighted by wins over Notre Dame<br />

and Tennessee. But then something bad<br />

happened.<br />

South Carolina came into Athens after an<br />

open date, while the Dogs were winning<br />

the Saturday night prior in Knoxville, and<br />

the Gamecocks upset <strong>Georgia</strong> 20-17 in<br />

double overtime. The Bulldogs turned<br />

the football over four times and missed<br />

two field goals. During <strong>Georgia</strong>’s run of six<br />

straight top ten finishes from 2017-2022,<br />

it was the most head scratching setback. It<br />

wasn’t Alabama or LSU, it was a Gamecock<br />

team coached by Will Muschamp that<br />

headed to Athens as a 20-point underdog.<br />

By no means did that loss do anything to<br />

dissuade the moment of the juggernaut<br />

Kirby Smart was building, it was a bump in<br />

the road. But it hurt.<br />

And it was a nooner. Losing the noon<br />

kickoff is awful. Especially when you’re<br />

in the top five and a three touchdown<br />

favorite. Makes it hard to watch any<br />

football the rest of the day and night. You<br />

just want to move on.<br />

After our postgame show, my friends<br />

Amy and Gordon Burnett, were there at<br />

Hotel Indigo, and we wanted to catch up. I<br />

was awful. Completely consumed by what<br />

had just happened, how that one had<br />

gotten away.<br />

Next up was the <strong>Kentucky</strong> game, and<br />

then a brutal November schedule of<br />

Florida, Missouri, a trip to Auburn, Texas<br />

A&M and then the Jackets at what is now<br />

historic Hyundai Field.<br />

I just remember thinking, the program is in<br />

great shape, we’re going to soon get to the<br />

mountaintop with Kirby leading the way, but<br />

this is probably going to be a 9-3 year.<br />

Well, against the Wildcats on the rainiest<br />

of rainy days in Athens, it was tied 0-0<br />

at the half and nobody was happy.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> was favored by more than two<br />

touchdowns, but stuck in the muck and<br />

mud with the Wildcats. My - at the time -<br />

daily talk show co-host Chris Brame, who<br />

usually had the job of calming me, texted<br />

and said “a loss is very much in play here.”<br />

Yikes. He was right.<br />

<strong>Kentucky</strong> had a lightning fast<br />

quarterback, Lynn Bowden, and <strong>Georgia</strong>’s<br />

top threat was D’Andre Swift, the<br />

sensational tailback. I remember thinking,<br />

one of these guys is going to break a long<br />

run, and that’s going to be the difference.<br />

Fortunately it was Swift who broke one. He<br />

went 38 yards to pay dirt. <strong>Georgia</strong> added<br />

another score in the third quarter and led<br />

14-0 heading into the final period. The<br />

Bulldogs came up with a red zone stand,<br />

later completed the lone pass attempt of<br />

the second half and tacked on a fourth<br />

quarter touchdown to win 21-0.<br />

Having to fight and scrap for that win was<br />

the best medicine for the Bulldogs. If it<br />

would have been a typical picturesque mid<br />

October Saturday, the Bulldogs might have<br />

won 38-10, and it would have seemed easy.<br />

But facing and responding to that adversity<br />

on the heels of that loss to the Gamecocks,<br />

it got <strong>Georgia</strong> back on track.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> incredibly ran that November<br />

gauntlet with a perfect 5-for-5 mark,<br />

beat Florida, Mizzou, Auburn, the Aggies<br />

and the Jackets. Unfortunately, <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

lost to LSU’s amazing eventual national<br />

champions in the SEC Championship<br />

Game, but the Bulldogs rallied and beat<br />

Baylor in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12-2 and<br />

No. 4 nationally.<br />

That loss to South Carolina in 2019 is<br />

the last time the Bulldogs fell at home.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> has won 22 straight on Dooley<br />

Field in <strong>Sanford</strong> Stadium since, two off<br />

the school record 24 victories in a row<br />

Between the Hedges from 1980-83.<br />

After the loss to the Gamecocks, that<br />

disappointment served as the organic<br />

filaments that helped the Bulldogs rise like<br />

the Phoenix from the ashes - this winning<br />

streak beginning on that rain soaked<br />

Saturday against <strong>Kentucky</strong>.<br />

Along the way, the Bulldogs have<br />

famously won back-to-back national<br />

championships. The cornerstones for<br />

winning at the national and conference<br />

level, take care of business at home and<br />

in-state. Well 22 in a row Between the<br />

Hedges, and a 5-0 record against the<br />

North Avenue Trade School since 2017<br />

check those boxes.<br />

Mark Stoops may have his best team yet<br />

at <strong>Kentucky</strong>, better potentially than his<br />

10-3 Wildcats of 2018 and 2021. Along<br />

the way, Stoops’ Cats have broken some<br />

streaks and flipped some series, most<br />

notably ending a 31-year losing streak to<br />

Florida in 2018.<br />

The numbers on the board now are 22<br />

and 13, 22 straight at home for the Dogs<br />

and 13 in a row over <strong>Kentucky</strong>.<br />

Hopefully there’s no nonstop rainstorm<br />

Saturday night, but it will take that kind<br />

of grit, grind and guile, and of course a<br />

raucous crowd of over 90,000 strong, to<br />

extend those streaks here in these current<br />

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<strong>Georgia</strong> is coming off a thrilling 27-20 victory at Auburn<br />

that improved the two-time reigning national champions<br />

to improve to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the SEC. The<br />

Bulldogs have won 38 of the last 39 games, and are riding a<br />

school record 22 game winning streak. <strong>Georgia</strong> has won 32<br />

consecutive regular season games and 21 straight regular<br />

season SEC contests. The Bulldogs have won 22 in a row in<br />

Athens.<br />

<strong>Kentucky</strong> is riding high. The Wildcats rolled past Florida 33-<br />

14 this past weekend in Lexington, upping its record to 5-0<br />

and 2-0 in the league. Sensational tailback Ray Davis ran for<br />

280 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, and had a nine<br />

yard scoring catch for four total TDs, as the Wildcats delivered<br />

before a sellout crowd in the Commonwealth. The Wildcats<br />

opened the season with three straight non conference wins<br />

over Ball State, Eastern <strong>Kentucky</strong> and Akron. <strong>Kentucky</strong> took its<br />

SEC opener over Vanderbilt by a 45-28 margin. No doubt the<br />

victory over the Gators stamped <strong>Kentucky</strong> legitimate.<br />

The victory is <strong>Kentucky</strong>’s third straight over Florida, making<br />

an astounding turn in the series. Florida had beaten <strong>Kentucky</strong><br />

for 31 straight years before the Wildcats won in Gainesville in<br />

2018.<br />

Now the Wildcats try to break all those streaks for <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

on Saturday in Athens. That includes the series between<br />

the Wildcats and Bulldogs. <strong>Georgia</strong> has beaten <strong>Kentucky</strong> 13<br />

consecutive times, including a gritty 16-6 triumph for Kirby<br />

Smart’s Dogs on a frigid late November Saturday in Lexington.<br />

While Davis was shining for <strong>Kentucky</strong> against Florida,<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>’s All-American tight end Brock Bowers had a<br />

sensational performance on the Plains. He pulled in eight<br />

catches for 158 yards, showcasing a wide array of skills<br />

and grabs. Bowers 40-yard touchdown catch and run from<br />

quarterback Carson Beck put <strong>Georgia</strong> in front 27-20 late in the<br />

fourth quarter.<br />

Both the Bulldogs and Wildcats will focus much of<br />

their defensive gameplan into trying to slow down two<br />

tremendous players who could certainly continue to play<br />

themselves into Heisman Trophy consideration.<br />

There are only three teams in the SEC that escaped the five<br />

Saturday month of September unscathed - the Bulldogs, the<br />

Wildcats and Missouri. The Tigers from Mizzou host the LSU<br />

Tigers Saturday. The winner in Athens gets an October leg up<br />

in the race for the SEC East and a berth in Atlanta.<br />

Red zone woes were a problem in <strong>Georgia</strong>’s win over South<br />

Carolina. Turnovers plagued <strong>Georgia</strong> last week at Jordan-Hare<br />

Stadium, and the week prior against UAB. But Bowers, a pair<br />

of clutch fourth down stops, and excellent performances<br />

from Beck and freshman kicker Peyton Woodring keyed the<br />

comeback victory over Auburn. Like the South Carolina game,<br />

the Bulldogs fell behind by double digits in the first half, but<br />

found a way.<br />

Smart has built his alma mater into a national power, and<br />

his team will need a complete performance Saturday night to<br />

hold off the red hot Big Blue.<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 13 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


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KIRBY SMART (HC) - Coach Smart has an infinite amount of respect for<br />

Mark Stoops and the job he has done since taking the Wildcat head coaching<br />

position in 2013. Nobody understands the challenge that the Bulldogs face<br />

this weekend more than the <strong>Georgia</strong> head coach. In two SEC games, <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

has come back from 10+ point deficits. <strong>Kentucky</strong> is coming off a dominant win<br />

against Florida, and Stoops is looking to beat the Bulldogs for the first time<br />

since Coach Smart has taken over. Expect Coach Smart to shore up the <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

rush defense and find a way to limit a balanced <strong>Kentucky</strong> offensive attack this<br />

Saturday in Athens.<br />

BROCK BOWERS<br />

TIGHT END<br />

PHOTO BY: ROB SAYE/BI<br />

CARSON BECK (QB #15) - <strong>Georgia</strong>’s offensive success lies within the hands<br />

of the junior quarterback. Beck, coming into the <strong>Kentucky</strong> game, has thrown<br />

for 1,487 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions. Over the past four<br />

seasons, <strong>Georgia</strong> has struggled to successfully air it out against the Wildcat<br />

defense. In 2022, Stetson Bennett threw for just 116 yards and an interception.<br />

Beck will need to sustain drives and keep the Wildcat defense on the field in<br />

order to control the game against a difficult SEC East opponent.<br />

DAIJUN EDWARDS (RB #30) - Edwards has been a breath of fresh air<br />

since returning from injury. The <strong>Georgia</strong> back, in three games, has rushed for<br />

260 yards and five touchdowns. The Colquitt County product added two critical<br />

touchdowns this past weekend against Auburn, his second consecutive game<br />

with two or more touchdowns. Success for <strong>Georgia</strong> starts with running the<br />

football. Edwards will be given a multitude of opportunities and will look to<br />

alleviate the pressure from first year starter Carson Beck.<br />

BROCK BOWERS (TE #19) - Big games call for big time players. There is no<br />

better player in the country than Bowers, and the junior looks to torment the<br />

Wildcat defense just like he did the last time <strong>Kentucky</strong> came to Athens in 2021.<br />

Bowers is coming off a monster performance against Auburn where he compiled<br />

157 yards with 121 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Bowers also scored<br />

the game winning touchdown as he scampered away from numerous Tiger<br />

defenders for a 40-yard score. Over the past two games, Bowers has 278 yards<br />

receiving on 18 catches and three touchdowns. <strong>Georgia</strong>’s offense will revolve<br />

around 19 once again this Saturday.<br />

MYKEL WILLIAMS<br />

DEFENSIVE END<br />

MYKEL WILLIAMS (DE #13) - Williams is <strong>Georgia</strong>’s most dominant pass<br />

rusher and most skilled defensive lineman. <strong>Georgia</strong> has not been efficient at<br />

getting to the quarterback this season, having racked up just eight total sacks<br />

through five games. <strong>Kentucky</strong> has a balanced offensive attack led by a veteran<br />

PHOTO BY: ROB SAYE/BI<br />

BY JEFF DANTZLER<br />

In 1987, <strong>Georgia</strong>’s 17-14 come-from-behind victory<br />

over <strong>Kentucky</strong>, Lars Tate scored the go-ahead<br />

touchdown and Rusty Beasley sealed the win with a<br />

clinching interception.<br />

All-SEC safety Kirby Smart had two tremendous<br />

games in <strong>Georgia</strong> triumphs over the Wildcats,<br />

picking off No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Couch twice<br />

in 1997 and twice again in 1998.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>’s 1982 SEC champions fell behind 14-3<br />

in Lexington, but rallied for a 27-14 victory, led<br />

by John Lastinger, who threw three TD passes,<br />

including a 64-yarder to Herschel Walker.<br />

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transfer quarterback as well as the top rusher in the SEC.<br />

Williams will not only be relied upon to disrupt the Wildcat<br />

offense in both the passing attack but will also be needed to<br />

limit Ray Davis and the <strong>Kentucky</strong> ground game.<br />

SMAEL MONDON (LB #2) - One of <strong>Georgia</strong>’s advantages<br />

lies within their inside linebackers. Mondon is a monster<br />

athlete who is currently <strong>Georgia</strong>’s leading tackler with 25 total<br />

tackles on the season. Through Mondon’s time as a starter,<br />

he has found success blitzing, something Glenn Schumann<br />

loves to do with his inside backers. Against Auburn, Mondon<br />

found a way to get into the Tiger backfield and bring down<br />

Payton Throne for his first of the season. Expect Mondon to<br />

once again be all over the field against a very difficult Wildcat<br />

offense.<br />

SMAEL MONDON<br />

LINEBACKER<br />

MALAKI STARKS (S #24) - Starks has been a model of<br />

consistency for the <strong>Georgia</strong> secondary. Starks sealed the deal<br />

on the Plains with an impressive fourth quarter interception.<br />

Starks, who is excellent in coverage, is also exceptional as a<br />

tackler. The <strong>Georgia</strong> safety has made 18 total tackles in 2023<br />

which is currently third most on the team. Starks will be a<br />

critical piece in <strong>Georgia</strong>’s defensive scheme again this Saturday<br />

and will look to add another interception to his name.<br />

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WILDCATS TO WATCH<br />

BY: COBY SERINA<br />

MARK STOOPS (HC) - Coach Stoops, renowned for his reputation<br />

and motivational prowess, has instilled a winning mentality in this<br />

<strong>Kentucky</strong> Wildcats football program and has grown the team into a true<br />

SEC threat in his time in Lexington. His leadership has propelled <strong>Kentucky</strong><br />

to new heights, earning notice from the college football sphere after<br />

proving themselves in their victory against a ranked Florida. The Wildcats<br />

may be on the verge of something special, and Stoops will be doing<br />

everything to keep it going against the Dawgs.<br />

BARION BROWN (WR #7) - Though the <strong>Kentucky</strong> Wildcat offense<br />

is known for their stout run game, that doesn’t mean you can disregard<br />

what they have to offer through the air. Barion Brown is the speediest<br />

option at the receiver position, and given the Cats’ liking for the run,<br />

a play action shot to him may wind up hurting the Dawgs on defense.<br />

Brown’s longest reception of the season has been for 55 yards, so he<br />

DEVIN LEARY<br />

QUARTERBACK<br />

definitely has it in him. He’s also tied for <strong>Kentucky</strong> quarterback Devin<br />

Leary’s most targeted receiver with 19 receptions this year.<br />

PHOTO BY: KENTUCKY ATHLETICS<br />

RAY DAVIS (RB #1) - 280 yards, that’s how much Ray Davis ran for<br />

against the Florida Gators last Saturday. Just him. It’s rare to see that kind<br />

of production against an FBS opponent, let alone a team in the SEC, but<br />

Davis did it nonetheless. On the season, he now has 594 yards, averaging<br />

7.8 yards per carry. What stands out with this guy is the way the Wildcats<br />

like to lean on him. Davis has over three times as many rush attempts<br />

as JuhTain McClain, <strong>Kentucky</strong>’s second leading back, with 76 to his 21.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> allowed 243 rushing yards to Auburn last week, so that should<br />

inspire <strong>Kentucky</strong> to lean on the ground attack.<br />

DEVIN LEARY (QB #13) - Transferring from North Carolina State,<br />

Leary has made an immediate difference with the Wildcats, having<br />

thrown for 1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns so far this season. One thing<br />

the Wildcats do well is protect their quarterback, having allowed only<br />

four sacks to this point in the year. This protection in the pocket gives<br />

Leary the extra second he needs to make plays.<br />

TAYVION ROBINSON<br />

WIDE RECEIVER<br />

PHOTO BY: KENTUCKY ATHLETICS<br />

TAYVION ROBINSON (WR #9) - Robinson’s numbers speak for<br />

themselves. He’s the leading receiver for <strong>Kentucky</strong> with 308 receiving<br />

yards, averaging 16.2 yards a catch, and like fellow receiver Barion<br />

Brown, has a long of 56 yards. That 16.2 yards per catch is going to be<br />

BY JEFF DANTZLER<br />

In the 1984 NBA Draft, <strong>Kentucky</strong> had two of the top<br />

six picks … Sam Bowie went second overall to the<br />

Portland Trail Blazers and Mel Turpin was the sixth<br />

selection by the Washington Bullets.<br />

One of the greatest players in <strong>Kentucky</strong> football<br />

history, Babe Parilli was an All-American for Bear<br />

Bryant’s Wildcats in 1950 and 1951, leading Big Blue<br />

to Sugar and Cotton Bowl victories.<br />

Five different coaches have led <strong>Kentucky</strong>’s storied<br />

basketball program to national championships:<br />

Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith<br />

and John Calipari.<br />

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dangerous. As mentioned earlier, he and Brown are tied with the<br />

most receptions on the team, so that means Robinson is going to<br />

get plenty of opportunities to showcase his explosive capability.<br />

MAXWELL HAIRSTON (DB #31) - Maxwell Hairston is an<br />

impressive athlete leading the team in tackles from the cornerback<br />

position. Not safety, but the cornerback position. Naturally, he has<br />

good straight speed and has developed his change of direction<br />

since coming to college. It’s those traits that have helped him rack<br />

up 33 tackles and two pick-sixes this season. 10 of those tackles<br />

came against Florida, a season high for the Michigan native.<br />

Hairston’s going to be coming in hot when the Wildcats take the<br />

field this Saturday.<br />

MAXWELL HAIRSTON<br />

DEFENSIVE BACK<br />

PHOTO BY: KENTUCKY ATHLETICS<br />

TREVIN WALLACE (LB #32) - Wallace had a significant impact<br />

in the Wildcat’s 33-14 rout of Florida, making an interception that<br />

led to a touchdown. Beyond that, Wallace has been a consistent<br />

source of production for the Wildcat defense, ranking second on<br />

the team with 27 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a forced fumble, in addition<br />

to the stats he accumulated against Florida. Wallace is actually a<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> native - a highly touted prospect from Jesup. He will have<br />

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THE<br />

FIVE<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> <strong>vs</strong>. <strong>Kentucky</strong><br />

BY: JEFF DANTZLER<br />

THE ALWAYS FORMIDABLE<br />

MARK STOOPS<br />

PHOTO BY: KENTUCKY ATHLETICS<br />

1. Devin Leary Addition - Our <strong>Kentucky</strong> insider Darrell Bird gives a<br />

great take on the Wildcats new quarterback in “A View From.” The new Wildcats<br />

quarterback is outstanding, maybe an upgrade from Will Levis, who was very<br />

good. You know <strong>Kentucky</strong> is always going to be big and tough and physical. I<br />

always remember Coach Dooley and <strong>Georgia</strong>’s players saying that you knew you<br />

would be in a physical battle when playing <strong>Kentucky</strong>. Mark Stoops is an excellent<br />

defensive coach and <strong>Kentucky</strong> is strong in the line of scrimmage. The Wildcats also<br />

have a terrific quarterback who can deliver consistency and big plays.<br />

2. Stoops - <strong>Kentucky</strong>’s head coach has done a terrific job in his decade long<br />

tenure for Big Blue. This is Stoops 11th season, and he’s led the Wildcats to seven<br />

straight bowl games. His first year, the Wildcats went 2-10, then improved to 5-7<br />

in each of the next two. Since then, with the exception of the Covid year when<br />

they went 5-6, it’s been a winning record for the ‘Cats. Most notably in 2018 and<br />

2021 when <strong>Kentucky</strong> posted 10-3 records and Citrus Bowl victories over Penn<br />

State and Iowa. Stoops’ Wildcats broke the 31-game losing streak to Florida in<br />

2018. Now his team tries to make some magic happen in Athens.<br />

3. Dawgs Decade - <strong>Georgia</strong> is riding a 13-game winning streak over<br />

<strong>Kentucky</strong>. The Bulldogs “ran the decade” of the 2010s against <strong>Kentucky</strong>, going<br />

10 for 10.. The Bulldogs last lost to <strong>Kentucky</strong> in 2009, when the Wildcats won<br />

34-27 at <strong>Sanford</strong> Stadium. <strong>Georgia</strong> also carries a 22-game home winning<br />

streak into this battle - a streak that began on a rainy Saturday night (and all<br />

day) with a 21-0 win over <strong>Kentucky</strong> in 2019. The school record for consecutive<br />

victories Between the Hedges is 24, set from 1980-1983.<br />

4. Yeah Yeah Yeah - One of the most memorable Bulldog victories over<br />

<strong>Kentucky</strong> came in 1978, as <strong>Georgia</strong> rallied from a 16-0 deficit to defeat the<br />

Wildcats 17-16 in Lexington. Rex Robinson delivered the game winner in<br />

the closing seconds, and Larry Munson was at his very best. For the Master,<br />

that one and the 1982 victory over Auburn that clinched a third straight SEC<br />

Championship, was the best the great one ever called. It was a crystal clear, cold<br />

night, and that WSB signal was bouncing from Miami to Maine. College Football<br />

fans used to surf the radio dials at night like we jump around on TV now. A lot<br />

of people heard Larry Munson deliver an epic performance, with a thrilling final<br />

drive that culminated with Rex’s kick when “the whole stadium’s standing, no,<br />

some of ‘em are upside down, but they’re tryin’ to stand. “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”<br />

5. 97 and 98 for 16 - Two other favorite <strong>Georgia</strong> victories over <strong>Kentucky</strong><br />

came in 1997 and 1998 when the Bulldogs current two-time reigning national<br />

championship head coach was an All-SEC safety for Jim Donnan’s Dogs. Both of<br />

those <strong>Kentucky</strong> teams were led by quarterback Tim Couch, the top pick in the<br />

1999 NFL Draft, running coach Hal Mumme’s Air Raid offense. In 1997, stellar<br />

tailback Robert Edwards scored on an 80-yard touchdown run in the rain. Right<br />

before the half, Ronald Bailey returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown.<br />

It was one of three Couch interceptions on the day. The other two were picked<br />

off by Kirby Smart. Edwards scored on a 44-yard run that put the game away, as<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> prevailed 23-13. The next year in Lexington, <strong>Georgia</strong> won a 28-26 thriller.<br />

The Dogs fell behind 10-0, but turned the game on a goal line stand stop by<br />

Orantes Grant. The Dogs got going and built a 28-20 lead. The Wildcats scored, but<br />

the Dogs stopped the two-pointer. It looked like <strong>Georgia</strong> had run out the clock,<br />

but fumbled in the final minute while picking up the first down deep in Wildcat<br />

territory. Couch drove <strong>Kentucky</strong> into field goal range, but the snap exchange<br />

was botched and the Cats never got the kick off. Whew. Along with Grant,<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>’s defensive MVP was Kirby Smart, who recorded two more picks against<br />

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Whenever <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

has a tough game,<br />

like the one they<br />

just had in Auburn,<br />

Coach Kirby Smart tends to say<br />

he was able to learn something<br />

about his team that day. This 27-20<br />

victory over the Auburn Tigers, the<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> Bulldogs’ longest standing<br />

rival, was yet another testament<br />

to that. Smart credited this team<br />

as being “resilient as hell,” to quote<br />

him from his postgame presser.<br />

Now that may just sound like<br />

coach speak, but his players had<br />

something to say about it, too.<br />

After the game, adding to that<br />

mantra of resilience, <strong>Georgia</strong> safety<br />

Javon Bullard said that “This team<br />

fights … We’re a relentless team.<br />

We’re a team that doesn’t quit until<br />

the final whistle.”<br />

It’s interesting to break down<br />

because you can’t quantify resilience.<br />

You can’t measure the amount of<br />

fight a team may or may not have,<br />

but it’s precisely that metric which<br />

is defining the Bulldogs’ season.<br />

The level of resilience the 2023<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> football team possesses is<br />

unparalleled to what any other team<br />

in the country has dealt with, and it<br />

continues to propel this team further<br />

into the season.<br />

The seed of this characteristic was<br />

planted during the 2022 Missouri<br />

game, where the Dawgs didn’t<br />

have a lead until the fourth quarter<br />

against an unranked Missouri<br />

Tigers team. It was seen again<br />

in the Peach Bowl game against<br />

Ohio State later that season, where<br />

the Dawgs overcame a 14-point<br />

deficit to advance and eventually<br />

won the College Football Playoff<br />

Championship Game, securing<br />

their second consecutive national<br />

championship.<br />

When the Dawgs played against<br />

South Carolina in <strong>Sanford</strong> Stadium<br />

earlier this season, they entered<br />

halftime trailing 14-3. How did they<br />

respond? They displayed resilience<br />

and came back to shut out the<br />

Gamecocks for the entire second<br />

half of the game while scoring 21<br />

points to stage a comeback and<br />

secure their first conference victory<br />

of the season. That’s it. That’s a key<br />

characteristic of this team, and we<br />

witnessed it in action at Jordan-<br />

Hare Stadium against Auburn.<br />

At this point, it’s obvious that the<br />

2023 <strong>Georgia</strong> team doesn’t have<br />

the same level of talent they’ve had<br />

in years past, especially in 2021 and<br />

2022. If they did, <strong>Georgia</strong> wouldn’t<br />

find themselves in these situations.<br />

For perspective, the UGA versus<br />

Auburn score was 34-10 in favor<br />

of <strong>Georgia</strong> in 2021 and 42-10 in<br />

2022. Furthermore, their injury<br />

report resembles a five-year-old’s<br />

Christmas list in length. Prominent<br />

talents like Amarius Mims and<br />

Branson Robinson were sidelined, and<br />

you could observe the impact on the<br />

Dawgs’ inability to establish the run<br />

against the Tigers last Saturday.<br />

Kirby’s said it before: if you<br />

can’t run, it’s going to make<br />

throwing the ball all the more<br />

difficult. The stats proved it.<br />

Carson Beck barely threw for<br />

more than 75 yards in the first<br />

half. It wasn’t until the game<br />

started coming down to the<br />

wire that <strong>Georgia</strong> began to dial<br />

in – especially Brock Bowers. In<br />

the second half, <strong>Georgia</strong> threw<br />

for 236 passing yards, scored 17<br />

points, and forced a turnover to<br />

secure their victory against the<br />

Tigers. It wasn’t pretty, but as<br />

Bullard said after the fact, “A win<br />

is a win in my book.”<br />

The <strong>Georgia</strong> defense may allow<br />

more than the fans are used to,<br />

and the offense may not show up<br />

until the second half, but one thing<br />

that’s for certain is these guys are<br />

going to find a way to win. I’d bet<br />

you they find a way in every game<br />

for the rest of the season.<br />

Kirby Smart and his team are<br />

going to keep chopping next week<br />

when facing a physical <strong>Kentucky</strong><br />

team at home. That game probably<br />

won’t be pretty either; the Wildcats<br />

ran for 329 yards against Florida<br />

this past weekend. But again, one<br />

thing these <strong>Georgia</strong> Bulldogs are<br />

going to do is find a way to be<br />

resilient, and with that resiliency,<br />

you can expect the Bulldogs to find<br />

a way to win.<br />

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Darrell Bird once again does a<br />

tremendous job giving us the scoop on<br />

Saturday night’s SEC battle from the<br />

<strong>Kentucky</strong> perspective. He does great<br />

work as the General Manager of The Cats’<br />

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always appreciative of his insight.<br />

BY JEFF DANTZLER<br />

A VIEW FROM ...<br />

lexington<br />

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT<br />

THE IMPACT DEVIN<br />

LEARY HAS HAD AT<br />

QUARTERBACK FOR<br />

KENTUCKY?<br />

Leary is finally settling into a<br />

groove at <strong>Kentucky</strong>. Folks forget<br />

he was ACC preseason player of<br />

the year before suffering a bad<br />

shoulder injury early in the 2022<br />

season. He returned sooner than<br />

expected, but there was still some<br />

rust to shake free. He’s always<br />

been great at mid-range, but the<br />

long ball was the best it’s been<br />

during UK’s SEC opening win at<br />

Vanderbilt on Sept. 23.<br />

COULD THIS BE MARK<br />

STOOPS BEST TEAM HE’S<br />

HAD AT KENTUCKY?<br />

Yes, it could be but the emphasis<br />

is on ‘could.’ Stoops was a<br />

curmudgeon throughout the<br />

three non-conference games,<br />

harping on mental mistakes,<br />

slow starts, etc. I’m convinced it’s<br />

because he knows how good this<br />

team “could” be, but it has been<br />

way too inconsistent to date.<br />

Flashes of greatness don’t lead<br />

to SEC success. But the potential<br />

absolutely is there.<br />

WHAT WOULD A WIN AT<br />

GEORGIA MEAN FOR THE<br />

PROGRAM?<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> is the path to an SEC<br />

East championship, the last<br />

East championship sadly. So for<br />

<strong>Kentucky</strong> it’s the final hurdle in<br />

this rebuilding process and proof<br />

that UK has arrived and deserves<br />

to be talked about with the best<br />

football teams of the league,<br />

something the rest of the SEC<br />

media has been slow to accept.<br />

OF ALL THE BIG ONES,<br />

WHAT DO YOU THINK<br />

THE BIGGEST WIN OF<br />

THE STOOPS ERA AT<br />

KENTUCKY IS?<br />

Sept. 8, 2018, when <strong>Kentucky</strong> went<br />

into The Swamp and convincingly<br />

beat Florida 27-16. It ended a<br />

horrendous 31-game losing<br />

streak to the Gators, but more<br />

importantly, it was the confidence<br />

to know <strong>Kentucky</strong> had arrived and<br />

it propelled the Wildcats to its first<br />

10-win season in 40 years.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON<br />

GEORGIA?<br />

It feels like <strong>Georgia</strong>, like so many<br />

other SEC powers, is struggling a<br />

bit to find its way. But then again,<br />

an 85 percent <strong>Georgia</strong> is better<br />

than everyone else’s 100 percent.<br />

But it does give <strong>Kentucky</strong> a ray of<br />

hope, but also the sobering reality<br />

this may be the best, last chance<br />

to knock off the Bulldogs. UK may<br />

not win, but <strong>Georgia</strong> will know<br />

it’s been in a fight, especially from<br />

<strong>Kentucky</strong>’s defense.<br />

WHAT DO THE WILDCATS<br />

NEED TO DO TO WIN?<br />

<strong>Kentucky</strong> will not only need to play<br />

flawlessly, something it hasn’t done<br />

to date, but it will need points from<br />

everyone – defense and special<br />

teams to go with the offense. The<br />

good news is they are very capable<br />

of doing so with three defensive<br />

touchdowns and one special teams<br />

score through four games.<br />

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE<br />

TO SEE THE SCHEDULING<br />

SET UP WITH THE<br />

LATEST ROUND OF SEC<br />

EXPANSION?<br />

I’ve been beating the drum for<br />

months for a compromise of<br />

the schedules being proposed.<br />

Instead of eight SEC games with<br />

three permanent opponents,<br />

go to eight SEC games, but<br />

with only one permanent rival.<br />

That preserves the big games<br />

– <strong>Georgia</strong>-Florida, Ole Miss-<br />

Mississippi State, Texas-Oklahoma<br />

and Alabama-Auburn – while<br />

allowing fans to see their teams<br />

against a better variety of SEC<br />

opponents on an annual basis.<br />

Nine SEC games introduces<br />

another loss for half the league<br />

and until we know how many<br />

two- or even three-loss teams get<br />

into the new 12-team playoff, I’m<br />

not budging off eight conference<br />

games.<br />

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WHERE SMART DAWGS<br />

EAT AND DRINK!<br />

Oysters Rockefeller<br />

Baked with a topping of spinach, celery, and onion<br />

Classic Crawfish Etouffee<br />

Rich Creole stew of crawfish tails served over rice<br />

Crab Cakes<br />

Lump crab sautéed and served over stewed corn<br />

with remoulade<br />

Stuffed Filet<br />

Stuffed with bleu cheese and port wine sauce.<br />

Served with potatoes and chef’s vegetables.<br />

Carpetbagger<br />

Topped with fried oysters and bernaise sauce.<br />

Served with potatoes and chef’s vegetables.<br />

Seafood Jambalaya<br />

Redfish, oysters, shrimp and crawfish over a<br />

chicken and andouille jambalaya<br />

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BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 22 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


2023 georgia bulldogs numerical roster<br />

Provided By UGA Athletics - Subject To Change<br />

No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Exp. Hometown (Previous School) No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Exp. Hometown (Previous School)<br />

0 ^Troy Bowles ILB Fr. 6-0 220 HS Tampa, Fla. (Jesuit HS)<br />

0 #Roderick Robinson II RB Fr. 6-0 240 HS Imperial, Calif. (Lincoln HS)<br />

1 Nyland Green DB RSo. 6-1 185 1VL Covington, Ga. (Newton HS)<br />

1 Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint WR Sr. 6-2 195 3VL Pompano Beach, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)<br />

2 Kendall Milton RB Sr. 6-1 220 3VL Fresno, Calif. (Buchanan HS)<br />

2 Smael Mondon ILB Jr. 6-3 225 2VL Dallas, Ga. (Paulding County HS)<br />

3 Kamari Lassiter DB Jr. 6-0 180 2VL Savannah, Ga. (American Christian Acad.)<br />

3 Andrew Paul RB RFr. 5-11 218 SQ Dallas, Texas (Parish Episcopal School)<br />

4 Oscar Delp TE So. 6-5 245 1VL Cumming, Ga. (West Forsyth HS)<br />

4 #AJ Harris DB Fr. 6-1 190 HS Phenix City, Ala. (Central HS)<br />

5 #Rara Thomas WR Jr. 6-2 200 TR Eufaula, Ala. (Miss. State/Eufaula HS)<br />

5 #Raylen Wilson ILB Fr. 6-1 225 HS Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln HS)<br />

6 Daylen Everette DB So. 6-1 190 1VL Norfolk, Va. (IMG Academy)<br />

6 #Dominic Lovett WR Jr. 5-10 187 TR Belleville, Ill. (Missouri/East St. Louis HS)<br />

7 Marvin Jones Jr. OLB So. 6-5 250 1VL Sunrise, Fla. (American Heritage HS)<br />

7 #Lawson Luckie TE Fr. 6-3 240 HS Norcross, Ga. (Norcross HS)<br />

8 #Joenel Aguero DB Fr. 5-11 205 HS Lynn, Mass. (St. John’s Prep)<br />

9 Jackson Meeks WR Jr. 6-2 205 2VL henix City, Ala. (Central HS)<br />

9 #Justyn Rhett DB Fr. 6-0 190 HS Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)<br />

10 Jamon Dumas-Johnson ILB Jr. 6-1 245 2VL Hyattsville, Md. (St. Francis Academy)<br />

10 #Tyler Williams WR Fr. 6-3 205 HS Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS)<br />

11 Arian Smith WR Jr. 6-0 185 3VL Bradley, Fla. (Lakeland HS)<br />

11 Jalon Walker ILB So. 6-2 245 1VL Salisbury, N.C. (Salisbury HS)<br />

12 Julian Humphrey DB RFr. 6-0 190 1VL Webster, Texas (Clear Lake HS)<br />

12 Brock Vandagriff QB RSo. 6-3 210 SQ Bogart, Ga. (Prince Ave. Christian School)<br />

13 #Zeed Haynes WR Fr. 6-1 170 HS Philadelphia, Pa. (North Penn HS)<br />

13 Mykel Williams DL So. 6-5 265 1VL Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway HS)<br />

14 David Daniel-Sisavanh DB Jr. 6-2 185 2VL Woodstock, Ga. (Woodstock HS)<br />

14 Gunner Stockton QB RFr. 6-1 215 SQ Tiger, Ga. (Rabun County HS)<br />

15 Carson Beck QB Jr. 6-4 220 2VL Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin HS)<br />

15 ^Daniel Harris DB Fr. 6-2 175 HS Miami, Fla. (Gulliver Prep HS)<br />

16 C.J. Madden OLB RFr. 6-4 240 SQ Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove HS)<br />

16 Jackson Muschamp QB Jr. 6-2 190 SQ Columbia, S.C. (Hammond School)<br />

17 #Anthony Evans III WR Fr. 5-11 165 HS Converse, Texas (Judson HS)<br />

17 Dan Jackson DB Sr. 6-1 200 2VL Gainesville, Ga. (North Hall HS)<br />

18 C.J. Smith WR RFr. 6-3 190 SQ Apopka, Fla. (Mount Dora HS)<br />

18 Xavian Sorey ILB RSo. 6-3 220 2VL Campbellton, Fla. (IMG Academy)<br />

19 Brock Bowers TE Jr. 6-4 240 2VL Napa, Calif. (Napa HS)<br />

19 Darris Smith OLB So. 6-5 240 1VL Baxley, Ga. (Appling Co. HS)<br />

20 Sevaughn Clark RB Sr. 6-1 215 2VL Dawsonville, Ga. (Dawson County HS)<br />

20 JaCorey Thomas DB So. 6-0 200 1VL Orlando, Fla. (Boone HS)<br />

22 Javon Bullard DB Jr. 5-11 195 2VL Milledgeville, Ga. (Baldwin HS)<br />

22 Branson Robinson RB So. 5-10 220 1VL Canton, Miss. (Germantown HS)<br />

23 De’Nylon Morrissette WR So. 6-1 200 1VL Stone Mountain, Ga. (North Cobb HS)<br />

23 Tykee Smith DB Sr. 5-10 205 1VL Philadelphia, Pa. (WVU / Imhotep Inst.)<br />

24 Malaki Starks DB So. 6-1 205 1VL Jefferson, Ga. (Jefferson HS)<br />

25 E.J. <strong>Light</strong>sey ILB RFr. 6-2 223 IVL Fitzgerald, Ga. (Fitzgerald HS)<br />

26 Collin Drake QB RSo. 6-1 195 SQ Ennis, Texas (Ennis HS)<br />

26 #Sam M’Pemba OLB Fr. 6-3 2 45 HS Olivette, Mo. (IMG Academy)<br />

27 Sam Bush QB Fr. 5-11 185 HS Athens, Ga. (Athens Academy)<br />

27 ^Chris Peal DB Fr. 6-1 190 HS Charlotte, N.C. (Providence Day School)<br />

28 Walter Blanchard WR Fr. 6-1 195 HS Columbus, Ga. (Brookstone)<br />

29 Luke Bennett WR RFr. 5-11 175 SQ Blackshear, Ga. (Pierce County HS)<br />

29 #Gabe Harris Jr. OLB Fr. 6-4 245 HS Thomasville, Ga. (IMG Aacdemy)<br />

30 Daijun Edwards RB Sr. 5-10 201 3VL Norman Park, Ga. (Colquitt County HS)<br />

30 Terrell Foster ILB RFr. 6-1 220 SQ Kennesaw, Ga. (IMG Academy)<br />

31 Grant Briscoe WR RFr. 6-3 190 SQ Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton HS)<br />

31 ^Kyron Jones ATH Fr. 6-0 200 HS Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian HS)<br />

32 Chaz Chambliss OLB Jr. 6-2 250 2VL Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton HS)<br />

32 Cash Jones RB RSo. 6-0 182 1VL Brock, Texas (Brock HS)<br />

33 #C.J. Allen ILB Fr. 6-1 235 HS Barnesville, Ga. (Lamar County HS)<br />

35 Jacob Fleming DB RFr. 5-11 190 SQ Atlanta, Ga. (Westminster Academy)<br />

35 #Damon Wilson II OLB Fr. 6-4 235 HS Nokomis, Fla. (Venice HS)<br />

36 Colby Smith DB Sr. 5-10 175 SQ Danielsville, Ga. (Pres. College/Madison Co. HS)<br />

37 Izayah Reeves WR RSo. 5-11 175 TR Long Island, N.Y. (Charleston/Monocan HS)<br />

38 Patrick Taylor DB Jr. 6-0 175 SQ Johns Creek, Ga. (Johns Creek HS)<br />

39 Parker Jones DB RFr. 5-11 165 SQ Albany, Ga. (Deerfield-Windsor School)<br />

39 Collin Lark DB Jr. 6-0 198 HS Dallas, Texas (Dallas Jesuit HS)<br />

39 Miles Thornton RB RFr. 6-0 195 SQ Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS)<br />

41 Denton Shamburger DB RFr. 6-0 185 SQ Atlanta, Ga. (Westminster School)<br />

41 ^Len’Neth Whitehead RB Jr. 6-2 220 TR Athens, Ga. (Tennessee/Athens Academy)<br />

42 Graham Collins ILB Jr. 6-2 215 SQ Atlanta, Ga. (Holy Innocents Episcopal School)<br />

43 Marek Briley WR Fr. 6-3 205 HS Buford, Ga. (North Gwinnett HS)<br />

43 Ali Hall DB RFr. 6-1 201 TR Jacksonville, Fla. (GMC/Westside HS)<br />

44 Cade Brock TE Jr. 6-0 250 SQ Subligna, Ga. (Darlington HS)<br />

44 #Jordan Hall DL Fr. 6-4 320 HS Jacksonville, Fla. (Westside HS)<br />

45 Jacob Hardie RB RFr. 5-9 180 SQ Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)<br />

46 George Vining WR Sr. 6-0 205 SQ Macon, Ga. (Tattnall Square Academy)<br />

47 Sam Shurtleff OLB Jr. 6-4 230 TR Watkinsville, Ga. (Nebraska/Oconee County HS)<br />

47 Will Taylor WR Fr. 6-3 190 HS Milton, Ga. (Cambridge HS)<br />

48 Joseph Daniels RB Gr. 5-10 188 SQ John’s Creek, Ga. (Indiana/Roswell HS)<br />

48 Cooper Johnson TE RFr. 6-4 220 SQ Cumming, Ga. (West Forsyth HS)<br />

49 Luke Collins OLB RSo. 6-2 245 SQ Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham Prep)<br />

51 Will Snellings SN Fr. 6-2 220 HS Fayetteville, Ga. (Whitewater HS)<br />

52 Christen Miller DL RFr. 6-4 305 IVL Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove HS)<br />

53 Dylan Fairchild OL RSo. 6-5 315 1VL Cumming, Ga. (West Forsyth HS)<br />

54 ^Kelton SmithJr. OL Fr. 6-4 330 HS Columbus, Ga. (Carver HS)<br />

55 #Jamaal Jarrett DL Fr. 6-5 350 HS Greensboro, N.C. (Grimsley HS)<br />

55 Jared Wilson OL RSo. 6-3 310 2VL Winston-Salem, N.C. (West Forsyth HS)<br />

56 Micah Morris OL RSo. 6-6 330 1VL Kingsland, Ga. (Camden County HS)<br />

56 William Mote SN Sr. 6-2 230 3VL Hoover, Ala. (Spain Park HS)<br />

57 #Monroe Freeling OL Fr. 6-7 310 HS Isle of Palms, S.C. (Oceanside Collegiate Acad)<br />

58 Austin Blaske OL Jr. 6-5 310 2VL Faulkville, Ga. (South Effingham HS)<br />

59 ^Bo Hughley OL Fr. 6-7 280 HS Fairburn, Ga. (Langston Hughes HS)<br />

60 Henry Peagler OL Fr. 6-3 290 HS Blackshear, Ga. (Pierce County HS)<br />

63 Sedrick Van Pran OL Jr. 6-4 310 3VL New Orleans, La. (Warren Easton HS)<br />

65 Amarius Mims OL Jr. 6-7 340 2VL Cochran, Ga. (Bleckley County HS)<br />

66 Aliou Bah OL RFr. 6-5 320 SQ Memphis, Tenn. (IMG Academy)<br />

66 Jonathan Washburn SN RSo. 6-2 230 SQ Ringgold, Ga. (Heritage HS)<br />

67 Clinton Barlow DL Fr. 6-5 310 HS Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Catholic)<br />

68 Chris Brown OL Jr. 6-5 300 SQ Savannah, Ga. (Islands HS)<br />

69 Tate Ratledge OL RSo. 6-6 310 1VL Rome, Ga. (Darlington School)<br />

70 #Joshua Miller OL Fr. 6-4 300 HS Chesterfield, Va. (Life Christian Academy)<br />

71 EARNEST GREENE III OL RFR. 6-4 320 SQ LOS ANG, CA (ST. JOHN BOSCO HS)<br />

72 ^JAMAL MERIWEATHER OL FR. 6-6 287 HS BRUNSWICK, GA. (BRUNSWICK HS)<br />

73 XAVIER TRUSS OL SR. 6-7 320 3VL W. WARWICK, R.I. (BISHOP HENDRICKEN HS)<br />

74 DREW BOBO OL RFR. 6-5 305 SQ AUBURN, ALA. (AUBURN HS)<br />

76 MILES JOHNSON OL JR. 6-5 320 SQ BLUE RIDGE, GA. (FANNIN CO. HS)<br />

78 CHAD LINDBERG OL JR. 6-6 325 2VL LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS (CLEAR CREEK HS)<br />

78 NAZIR STACKHOUSE DL SR. 6-3 320 3VL STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. (COLUMBIA HS)<br />

79 GUS GAMMAGE OL FR. 6-5 306 HS CEDARTOWN, GA. (DARLINGTON SCHOOL)<br />

80 BRANDON MOODY WR JR. 5-7 1 65 TR MONROE, GA. (BERRY COL./MONROE AREA HS)<br />

81 DAVID LALAIAN TE FR. 6-4 225 HS MONROE, GA. (MONROE AREA HS)<br />

82 LOGAN JOHNSON WR RSO. 5-6 155 SQ B OGART, GA. (PRINCE AVE. CHRISTIAN)<br />

83 COLE SPEER WR SO. 5-11 185 1VL CALHOUN, GA. (CALHOUN HS)<br />

84 LADD MCCONKEY WR JR. 6-0 185 2 VL CHATSWORTH, GA. (NORTH MURRAY HS)<br />

85 DREW SHEEHAN TE SR. 6-2 240 SQ WOODSTOCK, GA. (KENN ST. / WOODSTOCK HS)<br />

86 DILLON BELL WR SO. 6-1 210 1VL HOUSTON, TEXAS (THE KINKAID SCHOOL)<br />

87 MEKHI MEWS WR RSO. 5-8 185 1VL GRAYSON, GA. (CENTRAL GWINNETT HS)<br />

88 #PEARCE SPURLIN III TE FR. 6-7 2 30 HS ROSEMARY BEACH, FLA. (S. WALTON HS)<br />

89 BRAXTON HICKS WR JR. 6-2 195 SQ TIGER, GA. (RABUN COUNTY HS)<br />

90 TRAMEL WALTHOUR DL SR. 6-3 270 3VL HINESVILLE, GA. (HUTCHINSON CC/<br />

LIBERTY CO. HS)<br />

91 ^PEYTON WOODRING PK FR. 5-10 175 HS LAFAYETTE, LA. (ASCENSION EPISCOPAL HS)<br />

92 LIAM BADGER PK RSO. 6-0 170 TR CUMMING, GA. (KENNESAW STATE/<br />

WEST FORSYTH)<br />

92 BRETT THORSON P SO. 6-2 220 1VL MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA<br />

(PROKICK AUSTRALIA)<br />

93 WILL HATTAWAY PK FR. 6-0 185 HS EVANS, GA. (LAKESIDE HS)<br />

93 TYRION INGRAM-DAWKINS DL RSO. 6-5 280 2VL GAFFNEY, S.C. (GAFFNEY HS)<br />

94 HENRY BATES PK RFR. 5-11 170 SQ WAYCROSS, GA. (WARE COUNTY HS)<br />

94 JONATHAN JEFFERSON DL RSO. 6-3 295 2VL DOUGLASVILLE, GA. (DOUGLAS COUNTY HS)<br />

96 ZION LOGUE DL SR. 6-5 310 3VL LEBANON, TENN. (LEBANON HS)<br />

97 WARREN BRINSON DL SR. 6-4 305 3VL SAVANNAH, GA. (IMG ACADEMY)<br />

98 NOAH JONES P RSO. 6-0 165 SQ CAIRO, GA. (CAIRO HS)<br />

99 JARED ZIRKEL PK JR. 6-3 185 1VL KERRVILLE, TEXAS (TIVY HS)<br />

#2023 EARLY ENROLLEE; ^JUNE 2023 ARRIVAL<br />

PRONUNCIATIONS<br />

ALIOU BAH............................... UH-LOO BAH<br />

AUSTIN BLASKE............................... BLAS-KEE<br />

TROY BOWLES.........................................BOWLS<br />

JAVON BULLARD...............................JUH-VAHN<br />

CHAZ CHAMBLISS...........................CHAM-BLISS<br />

SEVAUGHN CLARK..........................SUH-VAUGHN<br />

DAVID DANIEL-SISAVANH............. SIS-UH-VAHN<br />

JAMON DUMAS JOHNSON.....JUH-MAHN DO-MAS<br />

DAIJUN EDWARDS...........................DAY-ZYAHN<br />

DAYLEN EVERETTE.............................. DAY-LYNN<br />

TERRELL FOSTER.................................TUH-RELL<br />

NYLAND GREEN...................................NY-LUND<br />

ZEED HAYNES..............ZEED RHYMES WITH SEED<br />

BO HUGHLEY..................................... HUGH-LEE<br />

TYRION INGRAM-DAWKINS..............TY-REE-AHN<br />

JAMAAL JARRETT...................................JUH-MALL<br />

KYRON JONES.........................................KYRUN<br />

DAVID LALAIAN...........................LUH-LAY-LEE-IN<br />

KAMARI LASSITER........................KUH-MARH-EE<br />

E.J. SIGHTSEY................................... LIGHT-SEE<br />

ZION LOGUE............................... ZI-ON LOWGUH<br />

MEKHI MEWS......MUH-KAI LIKE “NEWS” WITH AN “M”<br />

AMARIUS MIMS...................... UH-MARE-EE-US<br />

SMAEL MONDON................RHYMES WITH SMILE,<br />

.....................................RHYMES WITH LONDON<br />

DE’NYLON MORRISSEETTE...............DE-NYE-LUN<br />

SAM M’PEMBA...........................EM-PEM-BUH<br />

IZAYAH REEVES..............................EYE-ZAY-UH<br />

RODERICK ROBINSON......................ROD-ER-RICK<br />

MARCUS ROSEMY-JACKSAINT.....ROSE-UH-MEE<br />

DENTON SHAMBURGER.................. SHAM-BURGER<br />

SAM SHURTLEFF....................................SHIRTLUFF<br />

XAVIAN SOREY........ EGG-ZAY-VEE-AHN SORE-EE<br />

NAZIR STACKHOUSE......................... NAH-ZEER<br />

MALAKI STARKS..........................MAL-UH-KAI<br />

JACOREY THOMAS.............................JUH-COREY<br />

RARA THOMAS......................................RAH-RAH<br />

BROCK VANDAGRIFF......................VAN-DUH-GRIFF<br />

JALON WALKER..................................... JAY-LUN<br />

TRAMEL WALTHOUR........................... TRUH-MEL<br />

..........................WALL-THOUR (SOUNDS LIKE ‘OUR’)<br />

LEN’NETH WHITEHEAD.......................... LEN-NEETH<br />

MYKEL WILLIAMS.................................MY-KELL<br />

DAMON WILSON..................................DAY-MUHN<br />

RAYLEN WILSON.................................... RAY-LYNN<br />

JARED ZIRKEL..................................... ZER-KUL<br />

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GEORGIA GIRLS: OLIVIA MASSIE PG. 28 | PROUST Q&A: JOHN MANLY PG. 52 | GEORGIA’S GRAND COUPLES: ALICE AND JOHN SANDS PG. 53<br />

SOCIAL<br />

georgia - Auburn photos: PG. 30 - 45<br />

Kate Bobo, Olivia Bobo, Ava Bobo<br />

PHOTO BY: VANCE LEAVY/BI<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 25 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


M I X T A P E<br />

playlist featured by Chandler Call<br />

brought to you by BULLDAWG ILLUSTRATED + LAST RESORT GRILL<br />

In honor of Athens’ distinction as one of the best music towns in the nation and the original<br />

Last Resort opened as a music club in 1966. Those who can still remember the tunes of<br />

such passionate performers as the Reverend Pearly Brown, Towns Van Zandt, Doc Watson,<br />

Jimmy Buffett, and even Steve Martin may feel nostalgic at the mere mention of the club’s<br />

name. Today that passion is found in Last Resort Grill’s menu and atmosphere, pulling<br />

directly from the building’s eclectic history. - Compiled by: Cheri Leavy<br />

CHANDLER CALL<br />

NAME: Chandler Call<br />

FAMILY: Tom and Kelly Call (parents), Sarah Kate<br />

and Coleman Call (siblings)<br />

HOME TOWN: Valdosta, GA<br />

CURRENT TOWN: Nashville, TN<br />

WHAT YEARS AT UGA: 2019-2022<br />

SCHOOL/DEGREE: Advertising, Music<br />

Business<br />

PROFESSION: Publicist at Sacks & Co.<br />

TIES TO ATHENS MUSIC: Athens is where I<br />

fell in love with music and realized it’s my biggest<br />

passion in life. My dad and grandpa (Tom Call<br />

Sr.) have taken me to many many concerts at<br />

the <strong>Georgia</strong> Theatre and some of my fondest<br />

memories in Athens are with the people I love<br />

most listening to the best music I know!<br />

FAVE BAND YOU HAVE SEEN IN ATHENS:<br />

It’s a tie between Jason Isbell at the <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

Theater and Dirty Guv’nahs at the <strong>Georgia</strong> Theater.<br />

Walls - The Lumineers<br />

Run-Around - Blues Traveler<br />

Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac<br />

Chandler's Playlist<br />

Soulshine - Allman Brothers Band<br />

Walls - The Lumineers<br />

Ooh La La - Faces<br />

Angel from Montgomery - Live - Susan Tedeschi<br />

Little Lily - Widespread Panic<br />

Killing Ground - Futurebirds<br />

No Such Thing - John Mayer<br />

Ophelia - The Band<br />

Rhythm & Blues - The Head & The Heart<br />

Reelin’ In The Years - Steely Dan<br />

Closer To Fine - Indigo Girls<br />

The Warrior - Patty Smyth<br />

Run-Around - Blues Traveler<br />

Away From The Mire - Billy Strings<br />

Running on Empty - Jackson Browne<br />

Strangers - Mt. Joy<br />

Scarlet Begonias - Grateful Dead<br />

Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac<br />

The Best of What’s Around - Dave Matthews Band<br />

Souvenirs - John Prine<br />

Check out the<br />

playlist on<br />

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southwestern-inspired southern<br />

cuisine in beautiful downtown<br />

Athens, <strong>Georgia</strong>.<br />

DINNER SERVICE<br />

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AT 5 PM<br />

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SERVED SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 10AM - 2PM<br />

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University of <strong>Georgia</strong> Alumni<br />

and Last Resort Owners<br />

Melissa Clegg and Tom Call<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 27 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


GEORGIA GIRLS<br />

SOCIAL<br />

3.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> Girls<br />

OLIVIA BIENVENU MASSIE<br />

Cheri Leavy’s rapport with her favorite tastemakers and<br />

UGA Alumnae brings you plenty of doggone good inspiration!<br />

Foundation:<br />

NAME: Olivia Bienvenu Massie<br />

FAMILY: Daughter of Jim and Camille Massie,<br />

Older sister to Larkin and Elise Massie<br />

HOMETOWN: Alexandria, Virginia<br />

CURRENT TOWN: New York, New York<br />

WHAT YEARS AT UGA: 2014-2017<br />

SCHOOL/DEGREE: Lamar Dodd, BFA in<br />

Fabric Design<br />

PROFESSION: My career has been focused<br />

on designing upholstery and decorative fabrics<br />

for the residential home interiors industry. My first job<br />

after graduation was designing prints and home product for<br />

a women’s block printing initiative in Jaipur, India. In my 14<br />

months there, I immersed myself in each step from sourcing<br />

and product ideation to print design, colorwork, sampling, and<br />

production. After Jaipur, I moved to NYC and was a designer for<br />

John Robshaw Textiles until I moved into designing upholstery<br />

and decorative fabrics for a textile mill based in New Jersey.<br />

This experience broadened my understanding of the way<br />

our industry works between the furniture manufacturers, the<br />

“Kravet’s” and “Schumachers” and the retailers of our world.<br />

Designing for each industry in tangent with my background and<br />

love for the artisan, handmade side of this industry brought me<br />

to launch Maison Venu, a heritage collection of home textiles that<br />

weaves character filled, colorful prints with handmade details.<br />

2.<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 28 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY<br />

Accolades:<br />

Textile Eye Fall 2023 Report<br />

‌<br />

Inspo:<br />

BOOK: The Golden Thread (1)<br />

MAGAZINE: Textile Eye,<br />

Cabana, World of Interiors<br />

PODCAST: The Daily, How I<br />

Built This - I love the episode with<br />

Amanda Hesser. Her path through food,<br />

cooking, and writing resonated with me.<br />

BLOG: I wish I had more time to read blogs!<br />

INSTAGRAM: @housesandparties (2)<br />

BRAND: Pierre Frey (3), Parterre, Pomelo Casa<br />

FASHION DESIGNER: Johanna Ortiz, La<br />

Double J<br />

INTERIOR DESIGNER: Beata Heuman<br />

CHEF: Rita Sodi (4)- she owns a<br />

restaurant in my neighborhood that<br />

transports you to Florence. I could eat<br />

there every night!<br />

HISTORICAL FIGURE: Helen<br />

Frankenthaler (5), St Francis of Assisi<br />

1.


5.<br />

Athens + UGA:<br />

DESCRIBE ATHENS IN FIVE WORDS<br />

OR LESS: Creative, comfortable,<br />

community.<br />

4.<br />

RESTAURANTS AND BARS: I spent<br />

multiple nights a week in college at<br />

World Famous ... it was my happy<br />

place. Love Heirloom, Homemade,<br />

Seabear, the pub!<br />

SHOPS: RWood, Heery’s, the<br />

Creature Comforts gift shop :)<br />

QUOTE:<br />

“To be yourself<br />

in a world that is<br />

constantly trying to<br />

make you something<br />

else is the greatest<br />

accomplishment.”<br />

-Ralph Waldo<br />

Emerson<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED<br />

ATHENS/CAMPUS LANDMARK:<br />

The tree that owns itself and walks<br />

through Normal Town.<br />

MEMORY WHILE IN SCHOOL:<br />

Lamar Dodd at sunrise with my<br />

fellow fabric design classmates.<br />

Many friendships I cherish were born<br />

during late nights in the dye lab and<br />

weaving room. I learned so much<br />

about myself during those times.<br />

PROFESSOR/CLASS: Material<br />

Futures with Zipporah and Classical<br />

Indian Art and Religion with Nicolas<br />

Morrissey.<br />

GAMEDAY RITUAL/PLAN: Most<br />

Saturday home games started with a<br />

trip to the Athen’s farmers market - Farm<br />

Cart breakfast sandwich and mimosas<br />

before heading to the tailgate!<br />

TAILGATE RECIPE: Buffalo chicken dip!<br />

29 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY<br />

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(706) 850-6373<br />

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(706) 342- 2986<br />

172 South Main Street, Madison


SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Harris Hines, Hap Hines<br />

Deanna Bowers, Brock Bowers, Warren Bowers<br />

GEORGIA- 27, AUBURN - 20<br />

Buddy Parker, Rob Leebern Andrew Moore, Steve Maloof D.J. Shockley, Mike Bobo<br />

REAL ESTATESouthern Style<br />

LISA M.<br />

LANGFORD<br />

(706) 340-2242<br />

BONNIE<br />

DUNN<br />

(706) 614-7360<br />

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Over 60+ Years of Real Estate & Financial Experience<br />

Better Never Rests<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 30 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


Chris Lakos, Leland Barrow, Claude Felton, Armando Yanz<br />

Shep Rose, Kirk Adams, Woody Gayle, Miller Peer<br />

Jay Locklair, Olyvia Locklair, Ashleigh Slaton, Heath Slaton,<br />

Manny Castillo, Sidney Castillo, Lara Schmidt, Miklos Schmidt<br />

Jordan Reab, Ethan Reab, Kaitlin Otting<br />

Jack Miscall, Will Thompson, Wade Harper, John Ferguson,<br />

Smith Flynn, Grant Turner, Greyson Clark, Luke Veal<br />

ULLA JOHNSON + HUNTER BELL<br />

AMANDA UPRICHARD + STAUD<br />

AGOLDE + DOLCE VITA + VERONICA BEARD<br />

MOTHER + SOFTWAVES + CELIAB<br />

LOVE THE LABEL + MARIE OLIVER<br />

RAG & BONE + SEA NY + KREWE<br />

195 COLLEGE AVENUE<br />

ATHENS, GA<br />

706.543.0702<br />

Analise Williams, Rob Moore, Samantha O’Neal, Ella Stanley,<br />

Cade Jones, Haley Edone<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 31 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Spence Pryor, Thomas Pryor, Madeleine Pryor, Lissa Pryor<br />

Scott Deviney, Abbey Deviney, Kristy Deviney<br />

GEORGIA- 27, AUBURN - 20<br />

Duncan Miller, Jeff Ramsey Vance Leavy, Will Hutter Steve Bennett, Tommy Caswell, Sr.<br />

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KEEP IT ROLLING<br />

2023 DAWGS!<br />

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St. Simons Island, GA 31522<br />

ST. SIMONS ISLAND • SEA ISLAND • BRUNSWICK<br />

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Dana Hill<br />

Realtor<br />

Teri Moore<br />

Realtor<br />

Chrissy Johnston<br />

Realtor<br />

Tina Fallon<br />

Realtor<br />

Elizabeth Smith<br />

Marketing<br />

Coordinator<br />

Desiree Varnedoe<br />

Rental Manager<br />

Sarah Broyles<br />

Rental Agent<br />

Emily Wages<br />

Rental Division<br />

Freddy Stroud<br />

Broker<br />

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A Seaside Tradition<br />

THE RSM CLASSIC<br />

NOVEMBER 13-19, 2023<br />

The Fall is Bigger. The Fall is BETTER. The Fall MEANS MORE.<br />

Join us at Sea Island Golf Club this fall as we welcome the worlds best to the<br />

2023 RSM Classic.<br />

Our most popular Seaside Terrace ticket includes multiple hospitality venues<br />

with complimentary food and beer,wine and seltzers.<br />

Scan QR Code for all availble ticket options!


SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Shellie Sullivan , Greg Sullivan<br />

GEORGIA- 27, AUBURN - 20<br />

Allen Miller, Tom Followill, John Calhoun, John Calhoun Jr.,<br />

John Avant, Andrew Rothschild<br />

Andy Sorrells, Laurie Cooper, Wayne Cooper<br />

Nyima Thomas, Nikki Thomas, Walter Thomas, Laura Thomas, Evelyn Thomas<br />

YOUR TRUSTED REAL ESTATE ADVISOR<br />

HALLY<br />

DEMENT<br />

Athens Office, Founding Member, Realtor ®<br />

o. 706.995.7500 | c. 404.771.1017<br />

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1860 Barnett Shoals Rd | 1739 S. Lumpkin St | 1180 Prince Ave<br />

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Let us cater your<br />

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SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Ben Brown, Chad Brown, Will Campbell, Grant Campbell,<br />

Rex Ramsey, Whit Ramsey, Jeff Ramsey<br />

Antonio Davis, Elyse Jones<br />

GEORGIA- 27, AUBURN - 20<br />

Sydney Horne, Angie Woodcock, Denise McGill, Brittney McConkey, Benji McConkey,<br />

Hinton McConkey, Benji Burgess, Jess Daniel, Zach Stafford, Miller Peer<br />

Dan Hensley, Gary Wright<br />

NOSH ON SMALL PLATE DINING AND FUN LATE NIGHT …<br />

ALL IN THE HEART OF FIVE POINTS!<br />

THE ROOT BASEMENT BAR<br />

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The Pine Bar is a favorite<br />

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oysters, cheese and<br />

charcuterie inside and<br />

outside on the patio.<br />

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Bar features your<br />

favorite craft beer,<br />

cocktails, whiskey<br />

and bar food<br />

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BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 36 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


VISIT ATLANTA’S AWARD-WINNING SHOWROOMS<br />

Interior Design: Brian Watford Interiors l Architecture: Castro Design Studio l Builder: Ladisic Fine Homes l Cabinetry: Marion & Bond Millwork<br />

CONSTRUCTION RESOURCES SUPPORTS THE DAWGS<br />

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Indoor Slab Gallery<br />

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CR Flooring<br />

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CR Design Studio<br />

(COMING SOON)<br />

3098 Roswell Rd.<br />

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Sewell Appliance<br />

7455 Trowbridge Rd.<br />

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404.255.0640<br />

CR <strong>Light</strong>ing, Fireplace,<br />

& Garage Door<br />

252 Rio Circle<br />

Decatur, GA 30030<br />

770.932.3585<br />

Scan to find a<br />

showroom near you!


SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Jack Duffey, Bella Pellock, Alley Yeager, Max Karetny<br />

GEORGIA- 27, AUBURN - 20<br />

Mark Kelley, Lori Kelley, Chase Kelley, Lexy Kelley<br />

Kathryn Masters, Avery Friedman. Olivia Simms<br />

Jess Daniels, Ben Burgess, David Mowery, Scott Drugley<br />

Alice and Olivia<br />

Shoshanna<br />

Simkhai<br />

Saylor<br />

Hutch<br />

Paige<br />

Philippe Model<br />

and many more<br />

Plum Nelly Antiques is owned by Linda Jerkins who specializes in<br />

silver, heirloom linens and porcelain. She has been in business more<br />

than twenty years offering gifts for all occasions. Engraving, gift<br />

wrapping and shipping world-wide are available.<br />

20 Pine Valley Dr., Athens, GA<br />

706.540.5731<br />

www.plumnellyantiques.com<br />

You might need<br />

a bigger closet!<br />

www.monkeesofathens.com<br />

1059 Baxter St. Suite A<br />

Athens GA 30606<br />

706.850.8577<br />

@monkeesathens<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 38 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


FAN SHOTS<br />

SOCIAL<br />

Trey Carter, Al Parker, Allen Miller<br />

Mitchell Masters, Margaret Anne Masters,<br />

Hampton Masters<br />

Lindsey Grier, Ava Wilhoit,<br />

Jordan Marger<br />

Reid Calhoun, Elizabeth Calhoun, John Calhoun, John Calhoun Jr, Bo Blanchard,<br />

Loic Ettlin, John Avant<br />

Scott Tonneson, Brandon Anderson<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 39 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Lawrence Kenny, Jim Nalley<br />

Ta’Sanee Sisavanh, Araya Sisavanh, Nikki Sisavanh , Yamani Sisavanh, Rocky Sisavanh<br />

Sue Gaither, Larry Gaither Jackson Muschamp, Cam Bloodworth Ellis Goodshall, Lynn Breedlove<br />

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Patients!<br />

We are welcoming new smiles in our newly renovated<br />

and expanded office and we want to meet you.<br />

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Give our office a call today to schedule personalized time with one of our experienced professionals!<br />

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288 Redfern Village, SSI | 9 1 2 . 6 3 8 . 9 0 9 0 | Monday - Thursday 8am - 4pm | WELCOMING NEW SMILES<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 40 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


FAN SHOTS<br />

SOCIAL<br />

Troy Duncan, Branson Duncan<br />

Catharine Williams, Brennan Cox<br />

Scott Flynt, Eddie Flynt<br />

GEORGIA- 27, AUBURN - 20<br />

(front) Nolan Zaepfel, Jake Callahan, (back) Chandler Breedlove,<br />

Cassidy Sims, Sydney Slaughter, Aubrey Slaughter<br />

Mike Jones, Sherry Jones, Andy Sorrells, Shellie Sullivan,<br />

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BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 41 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Marcus Stroud, Keunn Glass, Marcus Thomas<br />

GEORGIA- 27, AUBURN - 20<br />

Rob Saye, Kaylee Mansell, Jeff Sentell<br />

Courtney Redmond, Courtney Tamberino, Denton Redmond, Matt Redmond<br />

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BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 42 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


FAN SHOTS<br />

SOCIAL<br />

Rhonda Parson, Marshell Parson<br />

Dana Whitfield, Catherine Anne Whitfield,<br />

Brad Whitfield<br />

Weston Smart, Julia Smart,<br />

Mary Beth Smart<br />

Asher Sinclair, Farrah Sinclair, Heather Lee, Janna Nimmo, Linda McGee,<br />

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Camden Nalley, Chase Nalley, Kim Nalley, Clay Nalley<br />

g u i d i n g y o u t o m o r e<br />

wins<br />

i n t o d a y ’ s m a r k e t<br />

champions<br />

i n r e a l e s t a t e<br />

7 0 6 . 5 4 3 . 4 0 0 0 | u p c h u r c h r e a l t y . c o m<br />

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SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Anne Crawford, Jarrett Broome, Cassidy Stevenson,<br />

Kendall Champlin, Sarah Kate Call<br />

Ava Moore, Walker Givens, Myers Hostetter, Brennan Harry<br />

Kaya Santesso, Esra Santesso<br />

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BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 44 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


FAN SHOTS<br />

SOCIAL<br />

Chris Belans, Leigh Collins,<br />

Michael Schuff, Chad Collins,<br />

Michael Malone, Parker Belans,<br />

Jalena Bradley, Bob Bradley,<br />

Amy Malone, Alex Perry<br />

Keith Stephens, Ryan Davis, George Foster<br />

GEORGIA- 27, AUBURN - 20<br />

Chris Brock, Tessa Brock Eliza Gross, Emma Surber, Helen Morgan Sallie Fuller, Kayla Cope<br />

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BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 45 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


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FAN SHOTS<br />

SOCIAL<br />

Kevin Jackson, Brad Lastinger Jeff Miller, John Humphries, Oliver Pryor Chris Atkinson, Jody Patton<br />

2023 BULLDOG OPEN<br />

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SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Joe Bishop, Hal Greer, Pearce Spurlin Bill Brown, Skip Evans Jeff Trapnell, Corky Warner<br />

Zach Heely, Jim Douglas Tim Chapman, Matt Peterson Scott Ferrell, John Hatcher, Andy Ausband, Chuck Jordan<br />

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FAN SHOTS<br />

SOCIAL<br />

Chris Haack, Skip Evans<br />

Denise Saliba, Billy Shuman<br />

2023 BULLDOG OPEN<br />

Don Niepoth, Jack Mosley<br />

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SOCIAL<br />

FAN SHOTS<br />

Billy Payne, Loran Smith<br />

Cicero Lucas,<br />

Frank Orgel Orlean Castronis, Billy Payne Allison Yeomans, Billy Payne<br />

Billy Payne, Lucas Family Norman King,Cicero Lucas Jason Hasty, Billy Payne<br />

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NOW CHEERIN' ON THE DAWGS FROM:<br />

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BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 50 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


FAN SHOTS<br />

SOCIAL<br />

Brook Whitmire, Jennifer Whitmire,<br />

Billy Payne<br />

Todd Story, Swann Seiler, Bobby Lenihan,<br />

Sonny Seiler<br />

Jan Anderson Davis<br />

WALLY’S BOYS – G-DAY/SPRING 2023<br />

Billy Payne, Dylan Fairchild<br />

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Happy Hour<br />

4-6 PM<br />

Sunday-Friday<br />

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Saint Simons Island, GA 31522<br />

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912-638-7378<br />

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Q&A<br />

PROUST<br />

COMPILED BY: CAROLINE CHAMPION<br />

FAMILY: Megan Usher Manly (B.A. 2005; A.B.J. 2005; J.D.<br />

2008); Thornton (Age 9); Margaret (Age 5)<br />

HOMETOWN: Marietta (May-rhett-uh), <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

CURRENT TOWN: Savannah, <strong>Georgia</strong><br />

WHAT YEARS AT UGA: 2001-2008; and every fall since then<br />

SCHOOL/DEGREE: Franklin College (Religion), A.B., 2004;<br />

SPIA (Political Science), A.B., 2004; School of Law, J.D., 2008<br />

PROFESSION: Partner with the law firm Manly Shipley, LLP<br />

ACCOLADES: Thornton and Margaret’s dad; State Bar of<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> Board of Governors; Gridiron; 4th Grade Co-Ed Flag<br />

Football Coach (Go Hancock Eagles!)<br />

WHAT LIFE LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM<br />

WORKING WITH SONNY SEILER?<br />

The great Russian Physician Dr. Smirnoff will cure just about<br />

anything that ails you. Football games are meant to be<br />

watched with chili (even in hot weather), cold Budweiser, hot<br />

dogs, and good friends. For the last few years, Sonny would<br />

watch most away games at my house and would serenade us<br />

with the opposing team’s fight song – so the lesson there is to<br />

know thy enemy!<br />

WHAT PROFESSOR DID YOU MOST ADMIRE?<br />

I admired the professors that gave me As (there weren’t many<br />

of them, so you know who you are!).<br />

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST<br />

ACHIEVEMENT?<br />

Starting my own law firm. I started my practice after leaving<br />

a big(ger) firm and had 12 cases (that isn’t very many). Now<br />

I have a great law partner (Jim Shipley) and the best staff<br />

around. I don’t ever regret taking that leap of faith and<br />

hanging my shingle.<br />

WHICH HISTORICAL FIGURE DO YOU MOST<br />

IDENTIFY WITH?<br />

Most people in my position say Thomas Carlyle, but I like to<br />

think of myself as similar (in some respects) to Jimmy Carter.<br />

We are both native <strong>Georgia</strong>ns, devoted to church and family,<br />

and think America’s best days lie ahead.<br />

WHO ARE YOUR HEROES IN REAL LIFE?<br />

My grandfathers – John C. Bell, Sr., and Clarence H. Manly.<br />

Both were great family men who served their country in every<br />

respect. If I can be half the man they each were, I’ll die a happy<br />

and prosperous man.<br />

QUOTE TO LIVE BY:<br />

JOHN MANLY<br />

“Keep the faith!” – Frank Wilkins “Sonny” Seiler. Sonny used to<br />

write this on the Uga autographs he signed for fans. Despite<br />

being simple, it can apply in most situations you find yourself<br />

in – professional or personal.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS?<br />

I experienced it in Sofi Stadium on January 9, 2023 as the<br />

Dawgs dismantled TCU. That was the easiest game I’ve<br />

watched, and I was with my beautiful wife and surrounded by<br />

friends. Pure bliss.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MARKED CHARACTERISTIC?<br />

Other than the obvious (my hair), I think it’s my loyalty.<br />

WHAT DID YOU MOST VALUE IN YOUR FRIENDSHIP<br />

WITH SONNY?<br />

His ability to not take himself too seriously. As an example,<br />

last Christmas, my wife was the director of the children’s play<br />

at church and we didn’t have enough kids to play all of the<br />

wisemen, so Sonny (aged 89 at the time) announced that he<br />

had never been allowed to be a wiseman when doing the<br />

same play as a child, so he would gladly fill-in. He walked<br />

down the church aisle with kids and proudly played the role of<br />

Wiseman #2 with great poise.<br />

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT<br />

YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE?<br />

I would love to be able to hit a golf ball with some sort of<br />

consistency. My golf game is non-existent these days and I’d<br />

like that to change, but only if I can knock it around and not be<br />

too embarrassed.<br />

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?<br />

Emily St. John Mandel. Her novels are thought provoking and<br />

great stories that leave you wanting a sequel.<br />

FAVE SOCIAL MEDIA AND WHO TO FOLLOW?<br />

@TheQualifiedCaptain. The shockingly bad boat skills of the<br />

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Horatio Hornblower.<br />

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GRAND<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> Couples<br />

LORAN SMITH<br />

Alice and John Sands<br />

It came naturally that Alice and John Sands, a generous Bulldog<br />

couple, would grow up with <strong>Georgia</strong> on their minds. It was<br />

ingrained in them that they would wear red and black and that<br />

they would always consider Athens to be the Dawg’s Valhalla.<br />

Growing up in Columbus where half the town has always been<br />

populated with nearly as many Auburn fans as Bulldog aficionados they<br />

were related to the <strong>Georgia</strong> hierarchy, realizing early on, their good<br />

fortune.<br />

Stalwarts like Judge Frank Foley, father of the <strong>Georgia</strong> Student<br />

Educational Fund (now the Hartman Fund), George “Kid” Woodruff,<br />

famous for coaching the Bulldogs for a dollar a year and was also the<br />

man who brought the Notre Dame Box football formation to Athens.<br />

That needs some explaining. Woodruff, who coached the Bulldogs,<br />

1923-1927, saw Notre Dame devastate <strong>Georgia</strong> Tech, 35-7 in 1923, and<br />

decided to bring the Irish system to UGA.<br />

Woodruff hired three of legendary Knute Rockne’s former players<br />

(Frank Thomas, Jim Crowley and Harry Mehre) as assistant coaches.<br />

They installed the Notre Dame Box at <strong>Georgia</strong> and later became<br />

successful college head coaches themselves. Mehre became the<br />

Bulldog head coach.<br />

John and Alice appreciate that sort of lore, and while they are mostly<br />

caught up in the emotional excitement of winning championships<br />

in the Kirby Smart era, they learned, in their formative years, the<br />

importance of loyalty to UGA. They sang the words to “Glory, Glory to<br />

Old <strong>Georgia</strong>,” with deep and abiding commitment. They didn’t paint<br />

their faces but embraced the Bulldogs with enduring good sense and<br />

unswerving allegiance. (They can tell you about loyalty. John married<br />

Alice when she was 16, and their marriage has gotten stronger with<br />

each passing year.)<br />

They experienced firsthand the<br />

commitment of the “Bulldog mafia” in<br />

Columbus, including those previously<br />

mentioned along with Bradley Driver,<br />

Frank Lumpkin, Don Leebern, and<br />

others. “Bradley was a first cousin,” Alice<br />

says, “but he was more like an uncle.<br />

For sure, I was raised a Dog.” John was<br />

a classmate of Fate Leebern (brother<br />

of Don Leebern Jr.) and grew up within<br />

arm’s length of the Bulldog’s most<br />

valuable alumni circles.<br />

Early on, the Sands were attracted to<br />

the “Gameday” experience in Athens.<br />

“There is no place we would rather be<br />

on a fall Saturday,” Alice says.<br />

“We are serious about football,” John<br />

adds. “We started buying season tickets<br />

in 1980, certainly a good time to start,<br />

and we have been royally rewarded for our investment in Bulldog<br />

football.” John and Alice are members of the exclusive Director’s Circle in<br />

the Bulldog Club.<br />

For years they were avid skiers and enjoyed trips to places such as<br />

Snowmass but settled on a second home in Clark, Colorado, which is<br />

twenty miles northeast of Steamboat Springs. They also have a place<br />

in Highlands, North Carolina, which they frequent in summer when the<br />

heat is unbearable in Columbus.<br />

In addition to the back-to-back championship years, their favorite<br />

games include beating Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans<br />

for the national championship in 1981. The Tennessee game in 1980,<br />

Herschel’s coming out party, is a favorite although they didn’t see it.<br />

They were spending the weekend at Callaway Gardens where the<br />

radio reception was weak. They got into their car and drove around Pine<br />

Mountain to listen to the game.<br />

With their business success, they have been generous to several<br />

charities, their favorites being animal causes and the University of<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>. “We love our Dawgs,” Alice smiles. “We support the things<br />

we like.”<br />

Their love of dogs and Dawgs has no limit which is why they are proud<br />

to have the opportunity to endow the offensive coordinator position at<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>. “We have been admirers of Mike Bobo for some time,” John says.<br />

“We saw how great his offenses were a few years ago and how he was<br />

regarded in the profession with his quarterback development with the<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> QBs. He is a <strong>Georgia</strong> graduate, a great family man and we know<br />

he will do great things for our football program.”<br />

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BRIAN HARMAN - A DAMN GOOD GOLFER AND DAWG!<br />

“ They’re gonna go nuts when he hits<br />

this thing…” We’ve all heard this<br />

broadcast call or seen the ensuing<br />

Tiger Woods hole-in-one at the 1997<br />

Phoenix Open, but for Brian Harman it’s a<br />

moment that sparked his love for golf.<br />

After missing school on a random day in<br />

February, 10-year-old Harman was flipping<br />

through the channels and happened<br />

upon the famous shot that shook TPC<br />

Scottsdale. Harman watched Tiger “raise<br />

the roof” after drilling an ace on the staple<br />

16th hole. He thought to himself, “Man, I<br />

want to try this.”<br />

A baseball player at heart, Harman<br />

started biking to the nearby golf course in<br />

Savannah, his hometown, and the spark<br />

for golf was kindled into a raging fire. The<br />

now Champion Golfer of the Year made a<br />

pretty good decision years ago to drop the<br />

bat and pick up the club.<br />

The offers began rolling in as Harman<br />

grew a little older than 10 and his golf<br />

game improved. It was only two visits that<br />

he took: Clemson and the University of<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>. Harman said, “[Clemson] is kind<br />

of a dump,” and, “I wasn’t a hard sell on<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>. My friend Kevin Kisner was in<br />

charge of my recruiting, and anyone that<br />

knows Kisner knows that he knows how to<br />

have a good time.”<br />

The decision was made, and <strong>Georgia</strong> was<br />

Harman’s next stop.<br />

The legend, head coach Chris Haack,<br />

alongside Coach Jim Douglas have built<br />

a program unlike any other in Athens,<br />

putting more golfers on Tour than any<br />

other school, but how? Well, it’s not easy to<br />

even make tournaments as one of the five<br />

starters, so the Tour competition is forced<br />

upon each Bulldog golfer the minute they<br />

arrive on campus.<br />

“It took action…” said Harman. “While we<br />

were here, we played against each other.<br />

Qualifying at <strong>Georgia</strong> was really hard, and<br />

we hated Haacker for the qualifiers. I’ve<br />

called ‘Haacker’ and told him that many<br />

times. But, those guys who have made it<br />

on Tour, it’s because of those qualifiers. It<br />

builds a foundation of ‘can’t quit.’”<br />

To the surprise of myself and probably<br />

many of you, Hudson Swafford, Harris<br />

English, Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd and<br />

more, missed tournaments while they<br />

were here, but for Harman and the other<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> golfers, a standard of excellence<br />

was forged on the UGA Course; within<br />

the <strong>Georgia</strong> golf program and within<br />

themselves, they only strive for excellence<br />

as they compete with the best golfers in<br />

the world on Tour.<br />

The competition factor brought upon<br />

at <strong>Georgia</strong> along with a dedication to<br />

his craft finally paid off on July 23, 2023.<br />

One of the most dominant performances<br />

in Open history, an absolute putting<br />

spectacle, and sheer determination<br />

granted Harman his first major win at the<br />

prestigious Royal Liverpool Golf Club links<br />

at Hoylake.<br />

With 24 top five finishes, 51 top 10s, and<br />

two prior wins on Tour, Harman had been<br />

at the cusp of winning the big one for<br />

years, even finishing second at the 2022<br />

Open. However, entering the Open in July,<br />

a newfound determination to stick to his<br />

game despite ups and downs brought<br />

a confidence that showed up on the<br />

grueling course in 2023.<br />

“I started feeling this really peaceful<br />

feeling of if I do these things, I know it<br />

will be successful at some point. I was<br />

ultimately committed to that, and I had a<br />

really good weekend of putting. It wasn’t<br />

a different kind of week; it was just every<br />

week leading to it, I was getting more and<br />

more committed to what I was trusting in<br />

my game.”<br />

The putting was, indeed, “really good,”<br />

nearly perfect. Harman broke the record of<br />

least number of putts needed to win the<br />

Open with 106, going 58-for-59 on putts<br />

inside 10 feet. His game was unmatched.<br />

As Harman raised the Claret Jug, he<br />

had wiped the field, stealing the title of<br />

Champion Golfer of the Year as a winner<br />

by six strokes.<br />

It wasn’t just a first major or a big<br />

paycheck, it was a tournament that would<br />

lock Harman in as a member of Team USA<br />

in the Ryder Cup.<br />

Harman and I met at my apartment prior<br />

to the Ryder Cup, so forgive me for the lack<br />

of “evergreen” this article perceives, but<br />

it is still amazing to hear Harman’s words<br />

prior to his first rookie experience.<br />

“Heavy lies the burden,” said Harman.<br />

“You can’t control what the other guy is<br />

doing. It’s all cliche, but the more you get<br />

married to the process, the better off you’ll<br />

be. So, I start at the end result then work<br />

backwards. We want to win the Ryder Cup,<br />

right? How? We have to win more matches<br />

than they do. How do we win more<br />

matches? Well, if I win all of my matches,<br />

then we’re one step closer. How do I win<br />

all my matches? Well, I have to win more<br />

holes. How do I win more holes? Well, it all<br />

goes back to the first tee box. How goes<br />

my mindset? Am I prepared? And then,<br />

how many times can I do that throughout<br />

the day? I have to do it more times than<br />

that guy does.”<br />

The individual aspect of golf is not<br />

completely ousted the week of the Ryder<br />

Cup, but a team comes to play more so<br />

than any other tournament as seen this<br />

weekend. Storylines surrounded the<br />

tournament all weekend as Patrick Cantlay<br />

refused to wear a hat. Assumptions of lack<br />

of camaraderie for the Americans came to<br />

be, but Harman confidently said they had<br />

an amazing connection throughout the<br />

process.<br />

“If a guy is willing to do his best and not<br />

quit,” said Harman. “Then I will go to war<br />

with him, and I think every guy on that<br />

team is ready to do that… We’re going<br />

to do our best, and we’re not going to<br />

lose for a lack of chemistry because it’s<br />

fantastic.”<br />

The Savannah native and St. Simons<br />

resident has taken the crown at the<br />

Open Championship, and alongside 11<br />

other Americans, he represented the<br />

entire United States. Unfortunately, the<br />

Europeans took the Cup, but it was an<br />

honor beyond comparison for Harman<br />

to play this weekend, and an even higher<br />

honor for me to talk with the one, and<br />

current Champion Golfer of the Year, Brian<br />

Harman!<br />

Please go listen to the pilot episode of<br />

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STATS THAT<br />

MATTER<br />

GEORGIA – 27, AUBURN - 20<br />

BY: CLAY WATKINS<br />

A look back at what decided the game between <strong>Georgia</strong> and Auburn.<br />

157<br />

Brock Bowers had 157 yards receiving against the Tigers. After a<br />

quiet first half, Bowers exploded in the fourth quarter for 121 yards.<br />

Bowers averaged a cool 19.6 yards a catch on eight total receptions.<br />

He also added a crucial third down conversion on the ground.<br />

Bowers late 40-yard winning TD showcased his speed and strength<br />

as he ran away from coverage and plowed through defenders.<br />

Announcer Gary<br />

11<br />

Danielson took notice, and at one point declared<br />

that if a QB doesn’t win the Heisman, Bowers perhaps should.<br />

313<br />

Beck averaged an impressive 9.5 yards a throw in going 22 of 33<br />

on the day. Beck, after a slow first half, dialed in and seemed to<br />

gain confidence as the pressure mounted. Beck and Bowers have a<br />

special connection and comfort level that appears to be blossoming.<br />

Beck made some impressive throws down the stretch and surely<br />

gained confidence leading <strong>Georgia</strong> to a come-from-behind win in<br />

his first SEC road game.<br />

17<br />

The number of points scored by <strong>Georgia</strong> in the first half of its<br />

first five games. Surprisingly, 17 is also the number of points that<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>’s opponents are averaging in the first half. That’s right, the<br />

team has not bettered their opponents, on average, in the first half<br />

of games this year. Every <strong>Georgia</strong> fan is worried that our slow starts<br />

will eventually come back to haunt us which is a logical concern and<br />

the reasoning behind Mike Bobo criticism. The reality is <strong>Georgia</strong>’s<br />

offensive gameplan, whether passing or rushing, has struggled<br />

to find success in the first half. On the other side of the ball, the<br />

7.8 157<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> D also is not nearly as impactful on the defensive line.<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong>’s discipline, talent, and depth have prevailed so far, but the<br />

combination of slow starts and shortened games with a running<br />

clock (interrupted by a million commercials) has made for<br />

some tense Saturdays. Smart acknowledged that <strong>Georgia</strong> must<br />

improve. “We’re not going to get where we want to go if we don’t<br />

get better,” Smart said, “That’s the biggest thing.”<br />

7.8<br />

Auburn quarterbacks Payton Thorne and Robby Ashford<br />

averaged nearly eight yards a carry combining to rush for 125<br />

yards on only 16 carries. Of course, this number was aided<br />

tremendously by Thomas’ 61-yard scamper in the first quarter<br />

where it seemed like the Red Sea had parted allowing Thorne<br />

to challenge the Dawgs’ DBs speed along the sideline. The<br />

defense had undoubtedly prepped all week for the possibility of<br />

quarterback runs, but the Bulldogs failed to consistently stop the<br />

read option. <strong>Kentucky</strong> has surely taken note of this vulnerability,<br />

especially since <strong>Georgia</strong> will be heavily focused on slowing Ray<br />

Davis next week. Davis put up an absurd 280 yards on the ground<br />

against Florida. Coaches will be determined to shore up our run<br />

fits before our clash with Wildcats this Saturday.<br />

11<br />

The number of tackles by inside linebacker Smael Mondon<br />

against Auburn, including seven solo tackles. Mondon’s play<br />

has been outstanding for the Dawgs as he comes back from<br />

an injury that slowed him earlier in the season. Mondon is a<br />

three-down player who can flex out in coverage, plug run gaps,<br />

or rush the passer. Mondon may be <strong>Georgia</strong>’s most NFL-ready<br />

defender. <strong>Georgia</strong>’s inside linebackers – Mondon, Dumas-<br />

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SPORTS<br />

FOOTBALL<br />

FROM THE<br />

field<br />

BY GREG POOLE<br />

After many years of photographing UGA games, I am skipping<br />

some away games this year. Auburn was my first time reporting<br />

from television, and as much as I feared missing the game’s feel,<br />

there were some advantages. Television has always been the<br />

best seat in the house for viewing the action, especially when<br />

my normal game day position is on the sideline with a powerful<br />

camera lens restricting me to a narrow field of view. My biggest<br />

overall takeaway? Games are far more nerve-wracking on TV, or I<br />

just picked the wrong game to change my perspective.<br />

Coach Freeze’s first edition of the Tigers has plenty of issues<br />

inherited from his predecessor, but getting a home-field shot at<br />

the two-time defending national champions was enough for him<br />

to rally his troops and punch the Dawgs in the mouth from the<br />

opening kickoff. At the same time, <strong>Georgia</strong> continued its seasonlong<br />

first-quarter malaise. After interceptions, poor blocking,<br />

and big plays by Auburn on both sides of the ball, my positive<br />

takeaway from the first quarter is it could have been worse.<br />

What’s the problem with the Dawgs? There must be some<br />

fundamental flaw holding back the 2023 version of the Red and<br />

NO PANIC IN THESE DAWGS!<br />

BROCK BOWERS, KIRBY SMART,<br />

CARSON BECK<br />

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Black, right? Wrong! Winning SEC football games is hard, and<br />

living up to fan expectations after back-to-back natties is harder<br />

still. We (<strong>Georgia</strong> fans) must stop judging the 2023 Bulldogs<br />

by the accomplishments of those championship teams. Those<br />

champion Dawgs put the current team in the crosshairs of<br />

every team in the country (especially SEC opponents) with their<br />

achievements.<br />

Fans often gloss over less than exceptional performances<br />

during successful seasons. Last year, for example, the high-flying<br />

Dawgs waltzed into Columbia, Missouri and got their heads<br />

handed to them for 3.8 quarters. <strong>Georgia</strong>’s first lead of the game<br />

came with 4:03 to go in the fourth (deja vu yesterday?). Then, in<br />

the playoff, Ohio State came close to derailing <strong>Georgia</strong>’s natty<br />

quest. Close, but no cigar!<br />

Based on many of the comments I saw on social media after the<br />

game, one would think the Dawgs are 0-5 rather than 5-0. Those<br />

keyboard warriors should take some deep breaths and check<br />

the results. Style points are not part of the rankings and do not<br />

impact inclusion in the college football playoff.<br />

Individuals may have underperformed at Auburn, but the<br />

bottom line is on the scoreboard. The TEAM did not panic. They<br />

weathered the storm created by an energized Auburn squad,<br />

ignored the incredibly boisterous hostile home crowd and took<br />

the game away from both when it mattered.<br />

The Plains trip was not the last test for these Dawgs. Beating<br />

<strong>Georgia</strong> has become the common motivator in the SEC. Kirby<br />

Smart and his charges know they are targets and are happy to<br />

meet those challenges as they come. Remember, after the trip<br />

to Auburn, this Bulldog team remains your unbeaten, untied,<br />

defending national champion: warts and all.<br />

BULLDAWGILLUSTRATED 60 ISSUE EIGHT • KENTUCKY


KEVIN BUTLER’S<br />

PLAYERS OF THE GAME<br />

COMPILED BY JEFF DANTZLER<br />

OFFENSIVE PLAYER<br />

Brock Bowers - Superman. Batman. Iron Man. All of these<br />

heroes have something in common with Brock Bowers …<br />

they’re all just bad asses. When a football team is in need of a<br />

kickstart, something that will inspire them to reach a higher level<br />

of play, great players respond to that request! Saturday versus<br />

Auburn, everybody witnessed Brock Bowers carry the Bulldogs<br />

to victory with a fourth quarter performance that has not been<br />

matched this year in college football. Brock’s performance in<br />

the fourth quarter consisted of four catches for 121 yards and a<br />

touchdown of 40 yards to seal the victory for the Bulldogs. His<br />

totals for the day were Heisman like- 8 catches for 157 yds. The<br />

Mackey award -the All-American awards -the new Kevin Butler<br />

“Taylor Swift” award - they are all going to go to Brock. He’s one<br />

of a kind and he’s ours. What a Damn Good Dawg!<br />

DEFENSIVE PLAYER<br />

Javon Bullard - AKA “Da Bull”! The Bull is Back!! Our junior<br />

safety from Milledgeville, <strong>Georgia</strong> is back in action. Javon is<br />

the leader of a defensive backfield through his physical play<br />

and knowledgeable command. When Javon is back in the<br />

game, our corners can get much more aggressive. As I said,<br />

Javon is as physical as they come, and he recorded 10 tackles,<br />

nine solos and two pass deflections in a tough physical<br />

game against Auburn. His style of play offers the opportunity<br />

to change the game and his command makes our team respond in a<br />

physical manner on defense. I’ve loved this guy since he stepped on the<br />

field and I sure hope we have another season with his inspiring play and<br />

great enthusiasm. When Javon is in the game - it’s a Bull’s market! Buy,<br />

Buy, Buy!<br />

SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER<br />

Peyton Woodring - The freshman kicker from Louisiana made his mark<br />

as the Bulldogs starting place kicker Saturday versus Auburn in a truly<br />

tough place to kick. After a shaky start to the season, he has started his<br />

own streak of success. His two field goals against Auburn were clutch<br />

to say the least. <strong>Georgia</strong>’s personality on offense is not to run away from<br />

teams on the scoreboard so every field goal opportunity carries a little<br />

bit more weight the season. Great kickers have confidence. Peyton has<br />

confidence, and he is starting his journey in a strong fashion.<br />

UNSUNG DAWG OF THE WEEK<br />

My unsung hero this week is my hero, my father, Joseph Aloysius<br />

Butler. Our family brought Joe home this week to spend his remaining<br />

time with his family and the people that love him the most. My father<br />

is my hero because he taught me how to respect yourself and others<br />

every moment you breathe. He gave me the opportunity as my coach<br />

in little league to play football and to try your hardest every time. He<br />

taught me respect not only for others, but more importantly, for yourself.<br />

He supported my choice to play for the Bulldogs and his support was<br />

invaluable. As we sat together before Saturday’s game, I asked him if I<br />

should go do the radio or spend time with him and he quickly responded<br />

with “you have a job to do and I enjoy listening to you and Jeff.” “You’re<br />

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BY: JEFF DANTZLER<br />

September is in the rearview mirror, the regular season is one-third<br />

of the way over. Now it’s the heart of the season, as the calendar rolls<br />

to October. The Southeastern Conference had seven intra-conference<br />

games and some early positioning in the race for Atlanta has taken<br />

shape. Ole Miss won a shootout over LSU, and <strong>Kentucky</strong> dominated<br />

Florida. The Wildcats and Missouri join <strong>Georgia</strong> as the league’s<br />

lone undefeated teams. The PAC-12 is deep and talented, including<br />

Washington State, Oregon State and Utah, who aren’t listed below.<br />

1. TEXAS - The Longhorns put together a terrific<br />

performance and stormed past Kansas 40-14 this past<br />

Saturday. Texas and Oklahoma meet at the fairgrounds<br />

this weekend. Both are undefeated in the final year of<br />

the Big XII version of the great rivalry.<br />

2. FLORIDA STATE - The Seminoles had this past<br />

Saturday off, giving them time to heal up from and<br />

revel in their terrific comeback win at Clemson. Their hit<br />

list is the most impressive thus far in college football. Virginia Tech<br />

heads to Doak Campbell Saturday.<br />

3. GEORGIA - The two-time reigning national<br />

champions pulled out a 27-20 thriller at Auburn.<br />

Brock Bowers is the best player in the country. It will<br />

be a tremendous challenge Saturday night in a battle of SEC<br />

unbeatens, as <strong>Kentucky</strong> comes to Athens.<br />

4. OHIO STATE - The Buckeyes were off this past<br />

week after the thrilling victory over Notre Dame and<br />

embarrassing, unnecessary postgame rant from Ryan<br />

Day. Now comes eight straight Big Ten games, starting with<br />

Maryland in the Horseshoe Saturday.<br />

5. MICHIGAN - The Wolverines overpowered<br />

Nebraska 45-7 to push the record to 5-0. The<br />

September slate was relatively light for Michigan,<br />

which has won the last two Big Ten titles. Now the Wolverines<br />

head to Minnesota to battle the Golden Gophers.<br />

6. SOUTHERN CAL - The Trojans jumped out to a<br />

big lead over Colorado and held on for a 48-41 win. Caleb<br />

Williams threw for 403 and six touchdowns. USC has<br />

scored over 40 points in every game. Arizona heads to the Coliseum<br />

Saturday night.<br />

7. WASHINGTON - The Huskies held off Arizona<br />

31-24 to make it 5-0. Washington is off this week, and<br />

the stage is set for an enormous showdown with rival<br />

Oregon. The Ducks are also off.<br />

8. KENTUCKY - The Wildcats pummeled Florida 33-<br />

14 this past weekend to improve to 5-0 and 2-0 in the<br />

SEC. Ray Davis was sensational with 280 yards and four<br />

total touchdowns. Now they visit <strong>Georgia</strong>, and the Cats can take a<br />

step towards Atlanta.<br />

9. OREGON - The Ducks handled Stanford 42-6 and<br />

the record is a perfect 5-0. They are off this week, so<br />

Oregon can enjoy its start and focus on the October<br />

14th showdown with Washington in Seattle. The Huskies are also<br />

off. Bo Nix is having an outstanding year.<br />

10. NOTRE DAME - The Fighting Irish came back<br />

and beat Duke 21-14 in Durham this past Saturday. It<br />

was a great bounce back after the heartbreaker against<br />

Ohio State. Next up is another road trip, as Notre Dame heads to<br />

Louisville to battle the Cardinals.<br />

11. ALABAMA - The Crimson Tide beat Mississippi<br />

State 40-17 for a 16th straight win in the series. Dallas<br />

Turner is a fantastic outside linebacker. It should be a<br />

good one in College Station Saturday, as Bama battles Texas A&M.<br />

Both have spotless 2-0 SEC records.<br />

12. MISSOURI - The Tigers have a tough,<br />

experienced defense, an accurate quarterback, a<br />

weapon at kicker and lights out wide receivers. Mizzou<br />

is 5-0 and in the mix. The Tigers took down Vandy and now hosts<br />

LSU for an early kickoff at Faurot Field.<br />

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