SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The newest University of Georgia mascot Uga VIII will be introduced on Saturday during pre-game ceremonies of the Georgia-Vanderbilt game at Sanford Stadium.
Uga VIII is a white male English Bulldog born Sept. 12, 2009. He weighs 55 pounds and is the grandson of Uga VI.
The pre-game "passing of the collar" from interim mascot, Russ, to Uga VIII will take place at mid-field in the presence of UGA President Dr. Michael F. Adams, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity, and members of the Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler family, longtime owners of the Bulldog line of mascots, according to the UGA's Sports Communications department.
Uga VIII's registered name is Big Bad Bruce, in honor of Dr. Bruce Hollett of the University's School of Veterinary Medicine. Hollett has been instrumental in the care and treatment of the bulldog mascots over the years and will be attending Saturday's ceremony.
"We had several puppies that were direct descendents from the Uga line to choose from," said Seiler in a statement. "We came to the conclusion that this dog had all the physical attributes that we look for in a Georgia mascot. He is the grandson of Uga VI. He is only 13 months old. He already weighs 55 lbs. and we think that he has an excellent head. We made the choice based on experience and I'm confident the Bulldog Nation will be pleased when he is introduced Saturday."