Uga IX, Georgia’s beloved Bulldog mascot that is known to his friends and fans as “Russ,” is officially retiring, the school announced Thursday.
Russ is 11 years old and has appeared at 63 total games from 2009-2014.
Uga X, know as “Que,” will formally be introduced as Georgia’s new living mascot at the Georgia-Georgia Southern football game on Saturday, Nov. 21.
“Uga is cherished by University of Georgia fans worldwide,” university president Jere W. Morehead said. “We are grateful for Russ’s dedicated service, and we look forward to welcoming Que as our new mascot.”
All of Georgia’s mascots have come from the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family of Savannah, Ga., since 1956. Que has spent three months auditioning for the role of the Bulldogs’ new mascot and has enjoyed all seven football games already this season.
“We are thrilled to have Que join our long line of mascots and he has already proven to be up to the task of serving as our official mascot,” athletics director Greg McGarity said in a statement.
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