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Georgia Bulldogs football
2014 Georgia Bulldogs football team
UGA logo.svg
First season1892
Athletic directorGreg McGarity
Head coachMark Richt
13th year, 126–45  (.737)
Other staffMike Bobo (OC)
Jeremy Pruitt (DC)
Home stadiumSanford Stadium
Year built1929[1]
Stadium capacity92,746[1]
Stadium surfaceGrass
LocationAthens, Georgia
ConferenceSEC (1932–present)
DivisionSEC Eastern Division
Past conferencesSIAA (1895–1921)
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record768–406–54 (.647)
Postseason bowl record27–18–3 (.594)
Claimed national titles2 (1942,1980)
Conference titles14 (12 SEC)
Division titles7
Heisman winners2
Consensus All-Americans24
Current uniform

Red and Black

Fight songGlory, Glory
Hairy Dawg
Marching bandGeorgia Redcoat Marching Band
RivalsFlorida Gators
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
South Carolina Gamecocks
Clemson Tigers
Tennessee Volunteers
Auburn Tigers
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Georgia Bulldogs football
2014 Georgia Bulldogs football team
UGA logo.svg
First season1892
Athletic directorGreg McGarity
Head coachMark Richt
13th year, 126–45  (.737)
Other staffMike Bobo (OC)
Jeremy Pruitt (DC)
Home stadiumSanford Stadium
Year built1929[1]
Stadium capacity92,746[1]
Stadium surfaceGrass
LocationAthens, Georgia
ConferenceSEC (1932–present)
DivisionSEC Eastern Division
Past conferencesSIAA (1895–1921)
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record768–406–54 (.647)
Postseason bowl record27–18–3 (.594)
Claimed national titles2 (1942,1980)
Conference titles14 (12 SEC)
Division titles7
Heisman winners2
Consensus All-Americans24
Current uniform

Red and Black

Fight songGlory, Glory
Hairy Dawg
Marching bandGeorgia Redcoat Marching Band
RivalsFlorida Gators
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
South Carolina Gamecocks
Clemson Tigers
Tennessee Volunteers
Auburn Tigers

The Georgia Bulldogs football team represents the University of Georgia in the sport of American football. The Bulldogs compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their homes games at Sanford Stadium on the university's Athens, Georgia, campus, and are currently coached by Mark Richt. Inaugural season was in 1892. UGA teams have won two NCAA football national championships and 14 conference championships, and have appeared in 48 bowl games, the fifth most all time. The program has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, two No. 1 NFL draft picks, and many winners of other national awards.


Early History (1892–1927)[edit]

The first football team of 1892.
Herty Field was Georgia's first football venue. It was used until 1911.[2] (photo October 2005)

Georgia's football program began in 1892, when Dr. Charles Herty, a chemistry professor and former player at Johns Hopkins, assembled a team and arranged a game against Mercer University on January 30, 1892.[3] This was the first intercollegiate football game played in the deep south. Playing on what would later be called Herty Field, Georgia beat Mercer 7–6.[4] Georgia's second game was on February 20, 1892, against Auburn University, inaugurating what would come to be known as the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

From 1892–1909, the Georgia changed head coaches frequently, with 14 different coaches in a 17 year period. Their combined records were 47–52–10 (.477 winning percentage). During this period, Georgia's greatest success came during Glenn "Pop" Warner's tenure from 1895-1896 [5] In 1896, Warner's Georgia team recorded the program's first conference championship, winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with a 3-0 conference record. Georgia's overall season record was 4–0, which marked the team's first undefeated season, as well.[3] It is thought that the first forward pass in football occurred in 1895 in a game between Georgia and North Carolina when, out of desperation, the ball was thrown by the North Carolina quarterback instead of punted and a North Carolina player caught the ball.[6]

In 1897, the program was nearly terminated when a Georgia fullback named Richard Vonalbade Gammon died as a result of injuries sustained in a game against the University of Virginia. The Georgia state legislature quickly passed a bill abolishing collegiate football in the state, but the bill was vetoed by then-Governor William Yates Atkinson, based upon an appeal from Gammon's mother, Rosalind Gammon.[7]

Beginning in 1910, Georgia started experiencing stability in its head coaches. In 1911, Georgia moved its playing field from Herty Field to Sanford Field, where wooden stands were built.[8] From 1910–63, Georgia had 7 head coaches and a record of 307–180–33 (a .622 winning percentage). Although Harry Mehre and Wally Butts are the two best-known coaches from this era, it was George "Kid" Woodruff who led the Bulldogs to their first claim to national championship. In 1927, Georgia finished the season 9–1[3] and could stake a claim to the national championship by finishing #1 in at least one national poll.[9] Herman Stegeman coached the Bulldogs to an 8–0 record in 1920, when the team was named co-champion of the SIAA.

Harry Mehre era (1928-1937)[edit]

Harry Mehre coached the Bulldogs from 1928–37, but perhaps his most memorable game was in 1929. October 12, 1929 was the inaugural game in the newly completed Sanford Stadium and Mehre's Bulldogs responded with an upset victory over the powerhouse of the day, Yale University, winning 15–0.[10] In that game, Vernon "Catfish" Smith scored all 15 points for Georgia. As head coach, Mehre compiled a 59–34–6 record (.626 winning percentage), but was never able to win a conference championship. Mehre left after ten seasons to accept the head football coach position at Ole Miss.

Wally Butts era (1939-1960)[edit]

Coach Butts

Wally Butts coached the Bulldogs from 1939–60 and continued as athletic director until 1963.[10] Butts came to UGA as an assistant to Joel Hunt in 1938, but Hunt left UGA after a 5–4–1 season to take over at Wyoming; Butts succeeded him. During his tenure as head coach, Georgia had a claim to the national championship in 1942 being selected by 6 polls recognized by the NCAA Division 1-A college football national championship (Ohio St. was also selected by 6 polls, including the AP, and Wisconsin was selected by one poll), and in 1946 after finishing first in at least one national poll and/or rating system. Butts coached 1942 Heisman Trophy winner Frank Sinkwich and Maxwell Award winner Charley Trippi. His teams also won four SEC championships – 1942, 1946, 1948 and 1959.[11] As head coach, Butts posted a 140–86–9 record (.615 winning percentage), including six bowl games. His bowl record was 5–2–1.[12] Butts was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.[13]

Johnny Griffith era (1961-1963)[edit]

Johnny Griffith, a former player and assistant coach to Butts, succeeded him in 1961. Things did not get any better under Griffith and he was only able to compile a 10–16–4 record during his three-year term as head coach. While there were few successes during this time as head coach, he did have two big victories, a 30–21 upset win over Auburn in 1962 and a 31–14 win over heavily favored Miami in 1963. Griffith was replaced after the 1963 season by Vince Dooley. He resigned in December 1963 after going 10–16–2, including a combined 1–8 against Georgia Tech, Florida, and Auburn.

Vince Dooley era (1964–1988)[edit]

Vince Dooley held the head coach position longer than any other Bulldogs coach, leading the Bulldogs from 1964–88.[14] During his tenure as head coach, Georgia won its second consensus national championship in 1980,[9] winning the Grantland Rice Award. Dooley's 1968 team finished first in at least one national poll, giving Georgia a claim to the national championship in that year.[15] The 1967 Cotton Bowl win over SMU made Georgia only the 3rd school in college football history to have won all 4 of the historical major bowls, Rose, Cotton, Sugar, Orange. His teams gave Georgia six SEC Championships and he coached 1982 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award winner Herschel Walker, 1968 Outland Trophy winner Bill Stanfill and 40 All-Americans.[10] Dooley won the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 2001. He compiled a 201–77–10 record (.715 winning percentage), which included twenty bowl appearances. His bowl record was 8–10–2.[16] From 1976–82, his teams were in contention for the national title 4 times (1976, 1980, 1981, and 1982). His 6 SEC titles ties him for second place all time amongst SEC coaches for SEC titles. Dooley's offenses were known primarily for running the football. He converted UGA's single-wing offense to a Split-Back Veer in the early 1970s, and later ran a professional I-type offense with the development of Herschel Walker. For a while during the 1980s UGA was known as "Tailback U." Dooley was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997[17] In 1981, Professor Jan Kemp complained that Georgia officials had intervened allowing nine college football players to pass a remedial English course, allowing them to play against Pittsburgh in the Sugar Bowl. The board of regents of the University System of Georgia issued a report in April 1986 implicating Dr. Fred C. Davison and the Georgia athletic department, headed by Dooley, who was also the football coach, in a pattern of academic abuse in the admission and advancement of student-athletes over the previous four years.[18]

Ray Goff era (1989–1995)[edit]

Ray Goff was promoted from assistant coach and took over as head coach in 1989. He coached the Bulldogs until 1995, posting a 46–34–1 record (.574 winning percentage). Goff's tenure got off to a slow start, with just ten wins in his first two seasons, before reeling off nine wins in 1991 and ten in 1992; the latter campaign finished with Georgia ranked eighth by the Coaches Poll. Over the next three years, Goff's Bulldogs never again posted as many as seven wins. His teams were 0–5 against Tennessee, 1–6 against Florida, 2–4–1 against Auburn, 5–2 against Georgia Tech and won no conference titles. During his time at Georgia, Goff was often derisively referred to as Ray "Goof", a nickname given to him by former Florida and current South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. Goff had a 2–2 bowl record.[19] Goff's 1995 team was on the receiving end of Spurrier's "Half a Hundred" game in which his Florida Gators team put up 52 points on the beleaguered Bulldogs. They were the first and, to date, only team to do so inside Sanford Stadium. He was fired at the end of the 1995 season.

Jim Donnan era (1996-2000)[edit]

Jim Donnan left Marshall and took over as head coach of the Bulldogs in 1996 and coached the team until 2000, posting a 40–19–0 record (.678 winning percentage). He was the first head football coach in UGA history to lead teams to four consecutive bowl victories. Under Donnan, the Bulldogs won the 1998 Outback Bowl, the 1998 Peach Bowl, the 2000 Outback Bowl, and the 2000 Oahu Bowl. Before the 1997 game against Mississippi State, Donnan drove a steamroller into practice and told his players they "were either going to be the steamroller or the pavement"; Georgia won the game, 47–0.[20]

Donnan was fired by University President Michael F. Adams, against the wishes of athletic director Vince Dooley, in 2000 after the Bulldogs posted two consecutive eight-win seasons and three consecutive losses against Georgia Tech. Donnan's inability to return the program to the national prominence of Dooley's era, compete with longtime SEC Eastern Division rivals and off-the-field problems for players, are believed to be the reasons for his dismissal. Donnan was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2009.

Mark Richt era (2001–present)[edit]

Coach Richt

The current head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs is Mark Richt, who joined the Bulldogs in 2001 after serving as the offensive coordinator of the Florida State Seminoles under Bobby Bowden.[21] Since Richt's tenure began, Georgia has won two SEC championships – 2002 and 2005 – and 6 of their 7 SEC East Division Championships – 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2012.[11] (Out of those years Georgia represented the East in the SEC Championship Game in all but 2007.) Including bowl games, Richt's record, as of January 14, 2014, is 126–45–0 for a (.737 winning percentage) and 72–32 (.692) in the SEC .[22] His bowl record through 2012 is 8–4. Richt has been a fixture in the recruiting world ending up with top 5 classes the past 3 years. On October 8, 2011 Richt won his 100th career game as UGA's coach against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium 20–12.

Under Richt, Georgia is 9-4 against Tennessee, 5-8 against Florida, 8-5 against Auburn, and 12-1 against Georgia Tech, including games from 2001–13. In 2011, under Richt, Georgia defeated Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech in the same season for the first time since 1981.

Conference affiliations[edit]

Georgia was a founding member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, one of the first collegiate athletic conferences formed in the United States. Georgia participated in the SIAA from its establishment in 1895 until 1921. During its tenure in the SIAA, Georgia was conference co-champion in two years, 1896 and 1920.[23] In 1921, the Bulldogs, along with 12 other teams, left the SIAA and formed the Southern Conference.[24] During its time in the Southern Conference, the team never won a conference championship. In 1932, the Georgia Bulldogs left the Southern Conference to form and join the SEC, where Georgia has won the third most SEC football championships, with 12, behind Alabama (22) and Tennessee (13).[11]


The first mention of "Bulldogs" in association with Georgia athletics occurred on November 28, 1901, at the Georgia-Auburn football game played in Atlanta. The Georgia fans had a badge saying “Eat `em Georgia” and a picture of a bulldog tearing a piece of cloth"; however, it was not until 1920 that the nickname "Bulldog" was used to describe the athletic teams at the University of Georgia. Traditionally, the choice of a Bulldog as the UGA mascot was attributed to the alma mater of its founders and first president, Abraham Baldwin, who graduated from Yale University.[25] Prior to that time, Georgia teams were usually known as the "Red and Black." On November 3, 1920, Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story about school nicknames and proposed:

The Georgia Bulldogs would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity.[26]

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


Uga VI Official Photo
Sanford Stadium


Georgia's standard home uniform has not significantly changed since 1980, and consists of a red helmet with the trademarked oval "G", red jerseys, and silver pants.[29]

Wally Butts first introduced the "silver britches," as they are colloquially known, in 1939. When Vince Dooley became Georgia's head coach, he changed the team's home uniform to include white pants. The uniform was changed back to silver pants prior to the 1980 season, and has remained silver ever since.[29]

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

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

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

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

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


The Bulldogs have three main football rivals: Auburn, Florida, and Georgia Tech. All three rivalries were first contested over 100 years ago, though the series records are disputed in two cases. Georgia does not include two games from 1943 and 1944 against Georgia Tech (both UGA losses) in its reckoning of the series record, because Georgia's players were in World War II and Georgia Tech's players were not. Georgia also includes a game against one of the four predecessor institutions of the modern University of Florida in 1904 (a Georgia win) that national sportswriters[35][36][37] and Florida's athletic association do not include.

Georgia has long-standing football rivalries with other universities as well, with over 50 games against five additional teams. Since the formation of the SEC Eastern Division in 1992, Georgia has had an emerging rivalry with the Tennessee Volunteers. The Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry has been a game of increasing importance; South Carolina won the SEC Eastern Division championship in 2010, Georgia in 2011 and 2012,[29] and in 2013 Missouri won, but South Carolina was 2nd and Georgia was 3rd.

Georgia Bulldog Rivalries: All-Time Records
RivalryRivalGames PlayedFirst MeetingLast MeetingUGA WonUGA LostTiesUGA %StreakMost recent win
Deep South's Oldest RivalryAuburn Tigers1171892201354558.4951 loss2012, 38-0
Clean, Old-Fashioned HateGeorgia Tech Yellow Jackets1031893201364395.6215 wins2013, 41-34
Florida–Georgia football rivalryFlorida Gators901904201349402.5463 win2013, 23-20
Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalryVanderbilt Commodores741893201353192.7301 loss2012, 48-3
Georgia–South Carolina football rivalrySouth Carolina Gamecocks661894201347172.7341 win2013, 41-30
Clemson–Georgia football rivalryClemson Tigers631897201341184.6511 win2014, 45-21
Georgia–Tennessee football rivalryTennessee Volunteers431899201320212.4764 win2013, 34-31


As of the end of the 2011 season, the Georgia Bulldogs had played 119 seasons with an all-time record of 747–400–54 (a .622 winning percentage). A complete decade by decade list of game results can be found at Georgia Bulldogs football (all games). Note: Georgia was also the only Division I FBS program to win at least 8 games every season from 1997–2009.

Bowl games[edit]

The Bulldogs have played in 49 bowl games and have a record of 27–19–3. On the all-time lists, the Bulldogs have the fifth most bowl appearances[38] and tied for third for bowl game victories.[39]

Georgia Bulldogs bowl games by year
W1942-01-01Orange BowlTCU4026Wally Butts
W1943-01-01Rose BowlUCLA90Wally Butts
W1946-01-01Oil BowlTulsa206Wally Butts
W1947-01-01Sugar BowlNorth Carolina2010Wally Butts
T1948-01-01Gator BowlMaryland2020Wally Butts
L1949-01-01Orange BowlTexas2841Wally Butts
L1950-12-09Presidential CupTexas A&M2040Wally Butts
W1960-01-01Orange BowlMissouri140Wally Butts
Wally Butts Bowl Record: 5–2–1
W1964-12-26Sun BowlTexas Tech70Vince Dooley
W1966-12-31Cotton Bowl ClassicSMU249Vince Dooley
L1967-12-16Liberty BowlNC State714Vince Dooley
L1969-01-01Sugar BowlArkansas216Vince Dooley
L1969-12-20Sun BowlNebraska645Vince Dooley
W1971-12-31Gator BowlNorth Carolina73Vince Dooley
W1973-12-28Peach BowlMaryland1716Vince Dooley
L1974-12-21Tangerine BowlMiami, Ohio1021Vince Dooley
L1976-01-01Cotton Bowl ClassicArkansas1031Vince Dooley
L1977-01-01Sugar BowlPittsburgh327Vince Dooley
L1978-12-31Bluebonnet BowlStanford2225Vince Dooley
W1981-01-01Sugar BowlNotre Dame1710Vince Dooley
L1982-01-01Sugar BowlPittsburgh2024Vince Dooley
L1983-01-01Sugar BowlPenn State2327Vince Dooley
W1984-01-01Cotton Bowl ClassicTexas109Vince Dooley
T1984-12-22Citrus BowlFlorida State1717Vince Dooley
T1985-12-28Sun BowlArizona1313Vince Dooley
L1986-12-23Hall of Fame BowlBoston College2427Vince Dooley
W1987-12-29Liberty BowlArkansas2017Vince Dooley
W1989-01-01Gator BowlMichigan State3427Vince Dooley
Vince Dooley Bowl Record: 8–10–2
L1989-12-30Peach BowlSyracuse1819Ray Goff
W1991-12-29Independence BowlArkansas2415Ray Goff
W1993-01-01Florida Citrus BowlOhio State2114Ray Goff
L1995-12-30Peach BowlVirginia2734Ray Goff
Ray Goff Bowl Record: 2–2
W1998-01-01Outback BowlWisconsin336Jim Donnan
W1998-12-30Peach BowlVirginia3533Jim Donnan
W2000-01-01Outback BowlPurdue2825Jim Donnan
W2000-12-24Oahu BowlVirginia3714Jim Donnan
Jim Donnan Bowl Record: 4–0
L2001-12-28Music City BowlBoston College1620Mark Richt
W2003-01-01Sugar BowlFlorida State2613Mark Richt
W2004-01-01Capital One BowlPurdue3427Mark Richt
W2005-01-01Outback BowlWisconsin2421Mark Richt
L2006-01-01Sugar BowlWest Virginia3538Mark Richt
W2006-12-30Chick-fil-A BowlVirginia Tech3124Mark Richt
W2008-01-01Sugar BowlHawaii4110Mark Richt
W2009-01-01Capital One BowlMichigan State2412Mark Richt
W2009-12-28Independence BowlTexas A&M4420Mark Richt
L2010-12-31Liberty BowlCentral Florida610Mark Richt
L2012-01-02Outback BowlMichigan State3033Mark Richt
W2013-01-01Capital One BowlNebraska4531Mark Richt
L2014-01-01Gator BowlNebraska1924Mark Richt
Mark Richt Bowl Record: 8–5
Overall Bowl Record: 27–19–3
Georgia Bulldog bowl games: all-time records by bowl
BowlRecordAppearancesLast appearanceWinning %
Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct)0–111978 Season.000
Capital One Bowl
(formerly Tangerine Bowl and Citrus Bowl)
4–1–162012 Season.750
Chick-fil-A Bowl
(formerly Peach Bowl)
3–252006 Season.600
Cotton Bowl Classic2–131983 Season.667
Gator Bowl2–1–142013 Season.600
Independence Bowl2–022009 Season1.000
Liberty Bowl1–232010 Season.333
Music City Bowl0–112001 Season.000
Oahu Bowl (defunct)1–012000 Season1.000
Oil Bowl (defunct)1–011945 Season1.000
Outback Bowl
(formerly Hall of Fame Bowl)
3–252011 Season.600
Orange Bowl2–131959 Season.667
Presidential Cup Bowl (defunct)0–111950 Season.000
Rose Bowl1–011943 Season1.000
Sugar Bowl4–592007 Season.444
Sun Bowl1–1–131985 Season.500

Current Coaching Staff[edit]

Mark RichtHead Coach
Mike BoboOffensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Jeremy PruittDefensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach
Tony BallWide Receivers Coach
John LillyTight Ends Coach
Will FriendOffensive Line Coach
Bryan McClendonRunning Backs Coach
Mike EkelerInside Linebackers Coach


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

Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting Class Rankings
YearRivals.comESPN.comCommitsTop Commit
20147921Sony Michel, TB
2013121033Tray Matthews, S
201212529John Theus, OT
20115626Ray Drew, DE
2010151219Alec Ogletree, LB
20096620Branden Smith, CB
20087523A.J. Green, WR
200791323Aron White, TE
20064427Matthew Stafford, QB
20051019Mohamed Massaquoi, WR
2004919Brandon Miller, LB
2003624Paul Oliver, CB
2002329Marquis Elmore, LB

Team awards and records[edit]

Claimed national championships (2)[edit]

Years in which the Bulldogs finished with a number-one ranking in at least 3 of the final national polls recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame and included in the official NCAA Football Record Book:[9][40]

1942Wally ButtsHoulgate, Sagarin, Litkenhous11–1Rose BowlUCLAW 9-0
1980Vince DooleyCoaches, AP12–0Sugar BowlNotre DameW 17-10
Total Claimed National Championships:2

Conference championships[edit]

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

Conference affiliations:

YearConferenceCoachOverall RecordConference Record
1896†SIAAGlenn "Pop" Warner4–03-0
1920†SIAAHerman Stegeman8–0–18-0
1942SECWally Butts11–06–1
1946†SECWally Butts11–05–0
1948SECWally Butts9–26–0
1959SECWally Butts10–17–0
1966†SECVince Dooley10–16–0
1968SECVince Dooley8–1–25–0–1
1976SECVince Dooley10–25-1
1980SECVince Dooley12–06–0
1981†SECVince Dooley10–26–0
1982SECVince Dooley11–16–0
2002SECMark Richt13–17–1
2005SECMark Richt10–36–2
Conference Championships:14
† Denotes co-champions

Division championships[edit]

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

YearDivision ChampionshipSEC CG ResultOpponentPFPA
1992†SEC EastN/ADid Not Play
2002SEC EastWArkansas303
2003†SEC EastLLSU1334
2005SEC EastWLSU3414
2007†SEC EastN/ADid Not Play
2011SEC EastLLSU1042
2012†SEC EastLAlabama2832
† Denotes co-champions

Overtime Games[edit]

Following the 1995 season, the NCAA changed the rules to allow for overtime on games tied at the end of four quarters. Until that time, the Bulldogs had tied 34 times. Since then, Georgia has participated in ten overtime games and has won six of those games.

YearOpponentVenueNumber of OTVictorScore
1996AuburnJordan–Hare Stadium4OTGeorgiaW 56–49
1999Georgia TechGrant Field1OTGeorgia TechL 48–51
2000PurdueOutback Bowl1OTGeorgiaW 28–25
2000AuburnJordan–Hare Stadium1OTAuburnL 26–29
2003PurdueCapital One Bowl1OTGeorgiaW 34–27
2007AlabamaBryant–Denny Stadium1OTGeorgiaW 26–23
2010FloridaEverBank Field1OTFloridaL 31–34
2012Michigan StateOutback Bowl3OTMichigan StateL 30-33
2013TennesseeNeyland Stadium1OTGeorgiaW 34–31
2013Georgia TechBobby Dodd Stadium2OTGeorgiaW 41–34



National award winners[edit]


The Bulldogs have had 68 players selected as All-Americans.[41] Of those 67 players, 24 were consensus All-Americans, as so-designated by NCAA rules.[42] While several players were selected in more than one year, only Frank Sinkwich, Herschel Walker, and David Pollack were selected as consensus All-Americans more than once.

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

Georgia Bulldogs All-Americans
Bob McWhorterHalfback1913Lexington, Georgia
David PaddockQuarterback1914Brooklyn, New York
Joe BennettTackle1922, 1923Statesboro, Georgia
Chick ShiverEnd1927Sylvester, Georgia
Tom NashEnd1927†Washington, Georgia
Herb MaffettEnd1930Atlanta, Georgia
Red MaddoxGuard1930Calhoun, Georgia
Vernon "Catfish" SmithEnd1931†Macon, Georgia
John BondHalfback1935Toccoa, Georgia
Bill HartmanFullback1937Thomaston, Georgia
Frank SinkwichHalfback1941,† 1942‡McKees Rock, Pennsylvania
George PoschnerEnd1942Youngstown, Ohio
Mike CastronisTackle1945Jacksonville, Florida
Charley TrippiTailback1946‡Pittston, Pennsylvania
Herb St. JohnGuard1946Jacksonville, Florida
Dan EdwardsEnd1947Gatesville, Texas
John RauchQuarterback1948Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Harry BabcockEnd1952Ocala, Florida
Zeke BratkowskiQuarterback1952, 1953Danville, Illinois
Johnny CarsonEnd1953Atlanta, Georgia
Pat DyeGuard1959, 1960Blythe, Georgia
Fran TarkentonQuarterback1960Athens, Georgia
Jim WilsonTackle1964Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ray RissmillerTackle1964Easton, Pennsylvania
George PattonDefensive Tackle1965Tuscumbia, Alabama
Edgar ChandlerOffensive Guard1966, 1967†Cedartown, Georgia
Lynn HughesSafety1966Atlanta, Georgia
Bill StanfillDefensive Tackle1968†Cairo, Georgia
Jake ScottSafety1968†Arlington, Virginia
Steve GreerDefensive Guard1969Greer, South Carolina
Tommy LyonsCenter1969, 1970Atlanta, Georgia
Royce SmithOffensive Guard1971‡Savannah, Georgia
Craig HertwigOffensive Tackle1975Macon, Georgia
Randy JohnsonOffensive Guard1975†Rome, Georgia
Mike "Moonpie" WilsonOffensive Tackle1976Gainesville, Georgia
Joel ParrishOffensive Guard1976†Douglas, Georgia
Ben ZambiasiLinebacker1976Macon, Georgia
Allan LeavittPlacekicker1976Brooksville, Florida
George CollinsOffensive Guard1977Warner Robins, Georgia
Bill KrugRover1977Washington, DC
Rex RobinsonPlacekicker1979, 1980Marietta, Georgia
Scott WoernerCornerback1980Jonesboro, Georgia
Herschel WalkerTailback1980‡, 1981‡, 1982‡Wrightsville, Georgia
Terry HoageRover1982†, 1983†Huntsville, Texas
Jimmy PayneDefensive Tackle1982Athens, Georgia
Freddie GilbertDefensive End1983Griffin, Georgia
Kevin ButlerPlacekicker1983, 1984†Stone Mountain, Georgia
Jeff SanchezSafety1984†Yorba Linda, California
Peter AndersonCenter1985†Vineland, New Jersey
John LittleSafety1986Lynn Haven, Florida
Wilbur StrozierOffensive Tackle1986LaGrange, Georgia
Tim WorleyTailback1988†Lumberton, North Carolina
Troy SadowskiTight End1988Chamblee, Georgia
Garrison HearstTailback1992‡Lincolnton, Georgia
Eric ZeierQuarterback1994Marietta, Georgia
Matt StinchcombOffensive Tackle1997, 1998†Lilburn, Georgia
Champ BaileyCornerback1998†Folkston, Georgia
Richard SeymourDefensive Tackle2000Gadsden, South Carolina
Boss BaileyLinebacker2002Folkston, Georgia
David PollackDefensive End2002†,2003, 2004†Snellville, Georgia
Jon StinchcombOffensive Tackle2002Lilburn, Georgia
Sean JonesRover2003Atlanta, Georgia
Thomas DavisFree Safety2004†Cuthbert, Georgia
Greg BlueFree Safety2005†College Park, Georgia
Max Jean-GillesOffensive Guard2005†Miami, Florida
Knowshon MorenoTailback2008Belford, New Jersey
Drew ButlerPunter2009‡Duluth, Georgia
Rennie CurranLinebacker2009Snellville, Georgia
Justin HoustonLinebacker2010Statesboro, Georgia
Bacarri RamboFree Safety2011Donalsonville, Georgia
Jarvis JonesLinebacker2011, 2012‡Columbus, Georgia
Designates a consensus All-American
Designates a consensus All-American that was selected by a unanimous vote

Current notable players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Sixteen former Georgia players and coaches have been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame.[29] In addition, one former player, Pat Dye, has been inducted into the Hall as a coach for Auburn.[43] The 16 individuals from Georgia inducted into the Hall are:


Bob McWhorterHB1910–131954
Frank SinkwichHB1940–421954
Charley TrippiHB1942, 1945–461959
Vernon "Catfish" SmithE1929–311979
Bill HartmanFB1935–371984
Fran TarkentonQB1958–601987
Bill StanfillDT1966–681998
Herschel WalkerRB1980–821999
Terry HoageS1980–832000
Kevin ButlerPK1981–842001
John RauchQB1945–482003
Jake ScottFS1966–682011


CoachYears at GeorgiaInduction
Glenn "Pop" Warner1895–961951
Vince Dooley1964–881994
Wally Butts1939–601997
Jim Donnan1996–20002009

Coaching history[edit]

Head coaching records[edit]

The Bulldogs have had 25 head coaches:[10]

NameSeasonsAll W/L/TWin %
25Mark Richt2001–present126–45–0.737
24Jim Donnan1996–200040–19–0.678
23Ray Goff1989–9546–34–1.574
22Vince Dooley1964–88201–77–10.715
21Johnny Griffith1961–6310–16–4.400
20Wally Butts1939–60140–86–9.615
19Joel Hunt19385–4–1.550
18Harry Mehre1928–3759–34–6.626
17George "Kid" Woodruff1923–2730–16–1.649
16Herman Stegeman1920–2220–6–3.741
15W. A. Cunningham1910–1943–18–9.679
13 & 14James Coulter & Frank Dobson19091–4–2.286
12Branch Bocock19085–2–1.688
11W. S. Whitney1906–076–7–2.467
10Marvin D. Dickinson1903, 19054–9–0.308
9Charles A. Barnard19041–5–0.167
8Billy Reynolds1901–025–7–3.433
7E. E. Jones19002–4–0.333
6Gordon Saussy18992–3–1.417
5Charles McCarthy1897–986–3–0.667
4Glenn "Pop" Warner1895–967–4–0.636
3Robert Winston18945–1–0.833
2Ernest Brown18932–2–1.500
1Charles Herty18921–1–0.500

Coaching awards[edit]

Vince Dooley – 2001
Vince Dooley – 1980
Brian VanGorder – 2003

Future opponents[edit]

Non-division opponents[edit]

Georgia plays Auburn as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.[44]

vs Auburnat Auburnvs Auburnat Auburnvs Auburnat Auburnvs Auburnat Auburnvs Auburnat Auburnvs Auburnat Auburn
at Arkansasvs Alabamaat Ole Missvs Mississippi Stateat LSUvs Texas A&Mat Alabamavs Arkansasat Mississippi Statevs Ole Missat Texas A&Mvs LSU

Non-conference opponents[edit]

vs Clemsonvs South Alabama
vs Troyvs Louisiana–Monroe
vs Charleston Southernvs Georgia Southernat Notre Dame
vs Georgia Techat Georgia Techvs Georgia Techat Georgia Techvs Georgia Tech


See also[edit]


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  19. ^ Official 2006 NCAA Divisions I-A and II-A Football Records Book, page 334
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  43. ^ Auburn Pat Dye HOF announcement
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