“Big Bad Bruce”  introduced as UGA VIII

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“Big Bad Bruce”  introduced as UGA VIII

Cheerleaders greet the new Uga VIII, “Big Bad Bruce,” before the UGA-Vanderbilt homecoming game.

Photo by: Rick O'Quinn

The eighth in a legendary line of UGA mascots was introduced to the crowd at Sanford Stadium prior to the Oct. 16 Homecoming game against Vanderbilt. Uga VIII, wearing the trademark red Georgia sweater, received the ceremonial collar at midfield prior to the game. He succeeds Russ, who had performed as interim mascot since Uga VII passed away during the 2009 season. Formally named “Big Bad Bruce” after Dr. Bruce Hollett, a UGA veterinarian who has cared for the bulldog mascots over the years, Uga VIII was born on Sept. 12, 2009. He is the grandson of Uga VI, who was mascot from 1999 until 2008. As they have been for more than 50 years, the Georgia mascots are owned by the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family of Savannah.

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