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From the editor : vance leavy Ahhh, what a wonderful feeling it is to be heading back to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship in a few weeks. And how nice to not only beat Auburn, but to totally dominate and shut them out at their own place. Huge accolades go to Coach Richt and his staff who had our boys ready to roll when the first whistle blew on the Plains. It was a fundamental butt-whipping that equated to a rockin’ good time for the Bulldog Nation. Throughout our years of doing Bulldawg Illustrated, all of us that get to opine about our number one love have always preached the desire for Mark Richt’s teams to play sound football in all phases. And that’s exactly what we got this past Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Boy, doesn’t it feel good? On offense, between Aaron Murray zipping the ball around to his receiving unit to Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combining for another stellar performance running the football, Auburn simply had no answers. And the same could definitely be said for our defense that literally shut the Tigers out. 38-0. There’s nothing like a goose egg! And lastly, our special teams had their best game of the season. Kudos guys. It was a wonderful night and certainly a game that made everyone proud to be a Georgia Bulldog. And with that, we say goodbye to the great victory because now it’s time to focus on our next opponent. And while it would be easy to assume that Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern will be a simple task, I refuse to think that way. If you need a little reminder that anything can happen on any given day in college football, then just look at Florida’s near disaster this past week versus Louisiana-Lafayette.

It rarely happens that David actually brings down Goliath in these miss-matched games, but it hits every now and again. Remember Appalachian State’s historic victory over Michigan a few years back? Bottom line, is our team and our fans need to hit Sanford Stadium on Saturday with the same focus and determination that occurred in Auburn. At this point, our national championship goal requires two unbeaten teams to lose over the next few weeks. Yes, the helplessness of this situation isn’t fun, but the fact of the matter is the Dawgs must continue to take care of their own business for any of this to matter. Not only do we need to keep winning, we need a couple more beatdowns to enhance our BCS ranking. Keep it Rolling. That’s the caption I chose for this cover and that’s exactly what must happen versus the Eagles. Enjoy this issue full of photos from the Auburn game. There’s nothing like capturing photo by Rob Saye happy faces at halftime knowing that the game is already over. Take it easy, Aubie! Also inside, make sure to read Jeff Dantzler’s terrific column on the beloved Georgia and Georgia Southern coach Erk Russell. He is greatly missed by the Bulldog Nation. But his legacy of not only being a great coach but an incredible man will never cease. And in our center spread, our interns Pierce Persons and Annie Trice have put together a fantastic feature where they show off the true spirit of the Georgia Bulldogs with spotlights on two cheerleaders, two majorettes and a Red Coat Band Member. Yes, we love our football here at Bulldawg Illustrated, but we certainly appreciate all the pageantry that enhances every game. Sadly, there are only two more games left in the 2012 regular season. Let’s make them special. Go Dawgs!

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It is very rare in the world of collegiate athletics for someone to be beloved by two schools. The late Erk Russell is an iconic exception to the rule. This giant of a man is one of the great treasures to ever coach at Georgia. Programs, franchises and teams have their Mt. Rushmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of legends. In Statesboro, Erk Russell is the mountain itself. He is the biggest reason this game is happening. College footballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most well-known assistant stalked the Bulldog sidelines with red and pants and a bloody head for 17 seasons as the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier defensive coordinator. It was 1980 and Georgia was a perfect 11-0, Southeastern Conference champions, and bound for the Sugar Bowl to play Notre Dame for the national title. But Auburn had a head coaching vacancy, firing Doug Barfield. They were calling one of their own to come home. And Auburn graduate Vince Dooley was listening to an enticing offer to be the Tigers head coach and athletics director. Over the next month or so, three historic things happened. 1. Dooley turned Auburn down to remain at Georgia. 2. Georgia had its greatest of days, defeating Notre Dame 17-10 on January 1, 1981 in New Orleans to capture the undisputed national championship. 3. Erk Russell left Athens to start a football program at tiny Georgia Southern, which had not fielded a gridiron team since World War II. His success in Statesboro was phenomenal. By 1984, the Eagles were playing at the Division I-AA level, the second highest in college athletics. In 1985, Russell led Georgia Southern to the I-AA national championship. In 1986, the Eagles won it again. In 1988, on the heels of his 200th win at the Georgia helm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a 24-3 victory over Tech between the hedges â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dooley announced he was retiring. Russell, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eagles were set to play for another national championship, was everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice to take over the Georgia program. This was the ultimate no-brainer hire. It had come close to happening in 1980, but now the timing seemed right. Unfortunately, Dooley had also retired as athletics director to pursue political interests. There was a void of leadership. The hiring process was botched and it was not to be. Erk Russell coached one more year, leading Georgia Southern to the 1989 Division I-AA national championship with a perfect 15-0 record, winning the title game in Statesboro. Soon after, he announced his retirement from coaching. Erk Russell passed away in September of 2006. It was a Friday. Every now and then, in life, you might be lucky enough to come across a wonderful person that nobody ever had a bad thing to say about. Erk Russell was that man. As a coach, he had that incredibly rare quality of not having to ask his players to go hard for him. It came natural. Nobody wanted to disappoint him. Players went as hard as they could for him, because they wanted him to be proud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He never really had to raise his voice to us,â&#x20AC;? says Chris Welton, starting rover for the 1980 national and SEC champion Bulldogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you messed up on a play in practice, he would just give you a look, and that was enough. You did everything you could not to disappoint him.â&#x20AC;? Hugh Nall, stating center for the 1980 national and SEC champion Bulldogs, began his

highly successful coaching career as an assistant for Russell in the early days of Georgia Southernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program. He recounts one of his first recruiting trips, and asking coach Russell what he was looking for in terms of size, speed, technique, etc? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hugh,â&#x20AC;? Nall remembers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want you to go find us some guys with a bad case of the wants.â&#x20AC;? He brought out the best in everyone. From walk-ons to All-Americans, everyone laid it on the line for Erk Russell. Whenever he would come back to Athens for reunions of Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great teams, his would be the loudest of ovations. His accomplishments at Georgia Southern, an astounding three national championships and four trips to the national title game over a five year stretch from 1985 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1989 for a program just reborn, are remarkable. He would have had the same incredible level of success at Georgia. Or Alabama. Or Florida. Or Auburn. Had it worked out and had he gotten the opportunity at a Southeastern Conference superpower, Erk Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name would be next to Bear Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Knute Rockneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amongst the greatest legendary head coaches in major college football history. As it is, Erk Russell is the greatest coach in Division I-AA annals and the most celebrated assistant in major college football lore. But his accomplishments stalking the sidelines pale in comparison to the enormity of his humanity. He touched countless lives â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his players, fellow coaches, close friends, kids, fans, supporters, alumni, and so many others. Just like nobody ever wanted to do anything to let him down or disappoint him, Erk Russell had an incredible God-given knack of making everyone he knew feel special in some way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; often through a clever nickname he would come up with. He made you smile and feel good inside. Erk Russell was one of the warmest people who ever walked the world. As a kid, I got to play tennis with him. The first time, he was in his 50s and I was 15, the best junior at our club. He flat out wore me out. We squared off a few more times. The results were much the same. But for me, just being on the court with him created some of my fondest ever memories. I also enjoyed sitting on the deck of the tennis shop watching him play our old friend, and fellow monster Bulldog fan Billy Rushing. Whenever coach Russell would miss a drop shot, he would yell at himself â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh why did you try that?! Because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re yellow?! You just wanted to end the point!â&#x20AC;? After the match, they would then drink a tall Budweiser and coach Russell would get pelted with football questions from me, and without fail, always shared great stories and insight. In my 20s, we played golf together three times. He had to quit tennis because of bad knees. Within a few months he was breaking 50 on nine holes. The last four sport letterman in Auburn history (football, basketball, baseball and tennis) was just a great natural athlete. Yes, I was very lucky. As was everyone he ever knew. The day after coach Russell passed away, Georgia shut out South Carolina 18-0 in Columbia. It was the Bulldogs first road shutout in a true SEC road game since a 27-0 win at Kentucky in 1980. His final year on the Bulldog sidelines. It was the most fitting of tributes, and the one he would have most wanted. And as Georgia and Georgia Southern square off between the hedges, there is one thing that 100 percent of the faithful for programs unanimously agree on â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an incredible love for a most remarkable man.

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Archer applies business acumen to athletic board Bill Archer grew up next to the Atlanta airport, watching the facility, Hartsfield-Jackson International, become what it is today … the busiest airport in the world. So, at the time, young Archer certainly gained a sense of the history, business acumen and development of Atlanta and years later, he would apply that knowledge to his role with Georgia Power Company where he was employed for 35 years and, upon his retirement in 2006, was honored by the Georgia General Assembly. But, what Archer cherished the most, right along with his service with the electric company, was his days in high school and his beloved University of Georgia and what he’s doing today, which is serving on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Athletic Association. “I played the high school sports, football and baseball, at old Russell High School,” Archer related. “I played defensive back and wide receiver in football and in baseball, I was a second baseman. I was a step too slow to go on and play college ball. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1970 with a business administration degree,” he said. “My wife and I got married between my junior and senior years. Back then, gas was 40 cents a gallon and with a fill-up, they gave you a free Bulldog glass. We didn’t have much back then but we really enjoyed my senior year at Georgia before we graduated in 1970.” Archer and his wife, Andrea, were high school sweethearts at Russell High in East Point. “As I said, we got married between my junior and senior years at Georgia,” Archer said. “She taught that year at Jefferson High in Jefferson, Georgia. It was a wonderful year for us that year in Athens at University Garden Apartments. We now have three children, a son and two daughters. My son and oldest daughter went to the University of Georgia and my youngest daughter went to Georgia Tech and she married a Tech guy so we have to deal with that. It’s a helluva mess,” Archer joked. “My son’s name is Keith who’s 39, my oldest daughter is Alice, 37, and my youngest daughter is Ellen, who’s 34. And the beautiful thing is each of them has three children so I have nine wonderful grandchildren.” In the following question-and-answer session, Bill Archer talks more about his background and his role on the Georgia athletic board. What is your occupation?

I’m presently retired. I retired from the Georgia Power Company in 2006 after 35 years. I worked a lot through the governmental affairs organization at Georgia Power with the Georgia General Assembly. In those years through the Georgia Power Company in public service I served on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority for 11 years and following my retirement I served on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board for seven years. How many years have you served on the UGA athletic board?

In ’06 I went on the board and so actually I’m in my seventh year and my third term as an alumni representative. And I’m officially on the nominating committee. Where did you grow up and what made it special?

I grew up in East Point, Georgia. I grew up there in the 1950s and the 1960s. I graduated from Russell High School in 1966, which is the third oldest high school in Atlanta, in Fulton County when it started. It’s no longer a high school. They consolidated it with Headland and Hapeville High School and it’s now Tri-Cities High School. But we grew up there in East Point and back then East Point was an industrial city. At one time it was the seventh largest industrial city in the state of Georgia and it was sort of a selfcontained city. We had all the amenities and in addition to that we had a job center growing next to us and that was the Atlanta airport. So we were totally focused on East Point and our own little community and in those days you just didn’t venture far out of there. It was just a wonderful time. You had the trolley lines when you wanted to go to downtown Atlanta, coming out of Lee Street and West End, the trolley lines, so it was just there and you didn’t focus on much other than that, other than you got to watch the Atlanta airport grow up. And we all kind of looked at the Atlanta airport as our future employment growing up in that area. So everybody was very happy with that and in fact a lot of my friends from high school eventually went on to careers in the airline industry. What has been the most exciting part for you serving on UGA’s athletic board?

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Working with electric utility you learn very quickly that the customer comes first and as such, dealing with retail customers. I retired as executive vice-president of external affairs with Georgia Power, and in that job we had many customers. Our customers were not only just the retail customers that we provided electric service to but state and local governments and educational communities like the University of Georgia. With those things I personally got to meet so many key contributors in this state, to make things happen in a positive way, so I had a very varied career that didn’t keep me in the office all the time and I guess the diversity there in meeting with all the different publics was what really made it exciting. And understanding the importance of the customer, if you do a good job with the customers everything else is going to work itself out. What do you think are the biggest challenges for Georgia athletics in the near future?

Again, in this age of instant information and technology, we’ve got to maintain our positive brand image. And that’s not only with our customers, who are our fans, but with the general public at large. The general public at large, they watch everything we do so our challenge is when you’re on top like we are, we’ve got to continue to stay on top and manage our brand image. We’ve also got to focus on value to our customers, our fans; again, with this instant age of technology they can follow us in many ways and we’ve got to continue to give them with our football team a positive game day image. And then the other thing we’ve got to do, which is more internal, we’ve got to continue to invest in our facilities. They are excellent right now; we are on top with that but that’s also a moving target. We’ve got to continue to evaluate and invest. It just thrills me to serve on this board and see us invest back into our facilities. While it takes short-term financial reserves to do that, it is an investment that will pay dividends long-term and along with that, you’ve got to manage that long-term financial picture. How has the knowledge from your occupation helped in the betterment of UGA athletics?

I think my overall focus on the customer from my job helped me have an insight into the brand image of the university and how important it is to maintain that. I think my career and the opportunity to work with the University of Georgia while I was at Georgia Power and understanding what goes on with the general public and the governmental entities has helped me from that standpoint. Your favorite UGA sports moment?

I graduated in 1970 and I’ve been a Dog ever since. I’ve traveled to a lot of the venues. I made sure I got to the Missouri game this year and I was really impressed with that. But I traveled to many away games after I got out of school and I went to the Georgia-Florida game in 1975. I was there with my brother-in-law and I saw an atmosphere of a game that I didn’t think we were going to win. I saw the (Richard) Appleby-to(Gene) Washington play; I was sitting on the 40yard line watching that and, to me, that was the most exhilarating game I’ve ever been to. It was such a tight game and we were unable to move the ball and score points, and we had had a number of end-arounds in previous games and we just kept saying to ourselves something’s going to happen in this end-around. And when they ran that end-around and stopped and threw that football (to give the Bulldogs a 10-7 victory), it was just unbelievable. I get chill bumps now when I listen to Munson’s playback of that

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Dogs vs. Eagles With a birth to SEC championship secured, Georgia must remain focussed on Saturday By Travis Ragsdale

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any people had in their minds that this past weekend would be a a letdown for Georgia; that perhaps the worst Auburn team of all time would be able to come out and ruin the Dawg's season. But that's not what happened. Instead, Georgia came out focused and determined with a keen eye on one of the goals they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. Now, a trip to the SEC Championship is once again set; that makes five trips in Coach Richt’s 12 years as head coach. There are other goals however. Being in the top 5 in the BCS rankings means that Georgia has a unique opportunity to do something special with the rest of the year. But first, they have to get through this week and Georgia Southern. Fear the Flexbone

When Georgia Southern comes out next Saturday in Sanford Stadium, you’ll notice something very familiar when their offense takes the field. They run a flexbone/wing-t/option offense that is almost identical to Georgia Tech’s. These type of offenses are very hard to prepare for after you have been game planning all season for the more traditional offense of the SEC. This week, the defense has a short amount of time to get ready for the deception and trickery of an option offense. Perhaps the most difficult thing is getting the defensive line ready to handle cut (and chop) blocks that Southern will inevitably use. More over, the d-line needs to understand how to avoid injury when taking these on (more on that later). Make no mistake, Georgia Southern knows how to run this offense and run it well. To this point of the season, they have almost 4,000 total yards rushing. But when you concentrate almost all of your resources into that one element of the game, usually something else suffers. For Southern, that’s their passing game with only 30 passing completions and four TD passes. They’ll come out and run that ball and run the ball some more and when that’s not working, they’ll run the ball again. Just like Tech, they have great confidence in this offense and it’s ability to catch defenses off guard. The Dawgs better be ready to snuff it out. A Little Help!

Kansas State plays Baylor. Oregon plays Stanford. Notre Dame plays Wake Forest. It’s hard to imagine after that devastating loss in Columbia but Georgia still has a chance to play for a national title and at least a BCS bowl. But in order for that to happen, they need some help in front of them. With only two weeks left in the regular season it’s coming down to the wire for the Dawgs and for the rest of the SEC. Right now, the conference’s streak of six national titles in a row is in great jeopardy. Of the group previously listed, the team that may be in the most danger this week is Oregon simply because Stanford is a top-25 team whereas Baylor and Wake Forest are nowhere close to Kansas State and Notre Dame respectfully. For Georgia fans though, this is a nice change of pace. Usually, the Dawg’s are on the outside looking in, but now, they’re right in the thick of things. With a little help, they could be back in business in talks of a trip to Miami.

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Avoid Injuries

This is a tricky subject this week and next week for Georgia. Coach Richt needs to find the perfect balance in keeping starters in long enough to win the game but not long enough for one of them to get hurt. This is of particular importance along the defensive line. With Abry Jones already out for the year with an ankle injury, that group up there is in a very vulnerable spot as far as players go. Unfortunately, Georgia is facing offenses in the next two weeks that are notorious for illegal chop blocks that cause injury to defensive lineman (see DeAngelo Tyson last season). For the defensive line, they have to shed blocks with their hands this week rather than bull rushing and trying to over power lineman. This is really the only way to truly avoid the dreaded ankle sprain from a chop block. For the rest of the team it’s pretty simple; play hard until the game is out of reach, then sit your butt on the bench. The last thing Georgia fans need is a key player going down against Georgia Southern and not being able to play in the SEC championship. Likely, their opponent will be Alabama and the Dawgs will need all of their horses to beat that behemoth that is the Crimson Tide. Intangibles

Georgia Southern shouldn’t win this game. Heck, they shouldn’t even sniff victory. Georgia is riding a pretty good wave of momentum after dismantling Ole Miss and Auburn in back to back weeks. The caveat is always that the visiting team in a game like this has nothing to lose but it really shouldn’t have affect on the outcome. This is the first time that these two squads have hooked up in awhile so the crowd may be a factor as well. These Georgia Southern kids are used to playing in front of 20,000 fans a game. You better believe they’ll be a little shell-shocked when the run out between the hedges and find 93,000 people waiting for them. Either way, it’s another chance for Dawg fans to see their boys strap it up in Sanford en route to Atlanta.

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What does Southern need to do to pull off the upset? The Eagles will need a turnover or two to keep up with the Bulldogs. OK, maybe five or six. A rainy day wouldn’t hurt.

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What does it mean to Georgia Southern to play Georgia? I think it means a great deal to Georgia Southern to play Georgia. The memories of coach Erk Russell are still common grounds for both programs. While GSU fans like to think of the Eagles as worthy rivals, I think Georgia fans aren’t threatened and wouldn’t mind Georgia Southern having some success in this game – for about a quarter.

Did that Appalachian State win over Michigan give I-AA heavyweights more confidence that they were capable of beating the traditional powers? Appalachian’s win shocked the college football world in 2007, but FCS teams have had their share of wins over the years. This season, Youngstown State beat Pittsburgh 31-17 in the 2012 opener. Two months later, Youngstown is tied for seventh in the 10-team Missouri Valley and Pittsburgh is taking Notre Dame to 3 OTs. There have been about 10 FCS wins over FBS schools this year. Go figure.

What do the Eagle faithful think of Tech not playing them before? GSU and Georgia Tech have a game scheduled for 2015 and I think there’s some wonderment of why Georgia could play the Eagles every four years and Tech has waited until the program’s more than 30 years old before scheduling a game. Surely, Tech could use the revenue from 10,000 fans paying full price to fill up its stadium. To be honest, Southern fans just figure the Eagles are probably too much of a risk for the Yellow Jackets.

Is this Eagle team good enough to win the national title? I’m inclined to say no, but the Eagles have gotten better as the season goes on and that’s usually the recipe for success for option teams. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Southern, but this program continues to recruit well.

One of the all-time great sportswriters and newspaper men in the history of the state of Georgia is Donald Heath of the Savannah Morning News. He is an old friend and was a great mentor of mine growing up. His writing is always excellent and inciting, and here are Don’s thoughts on Saturday’s game between the hedges.

How much conversation does this game carry in Savannah? I think fans are realistic and see the game as a money-maker for GSU and a breather in the schedule for Georgia. There won’t be much smack talk. At least not in Savannah. Where does Georgia football rate as far as Savannah sports favorites? Georgia football might be No. 1 among Savannah sports favorites. There’s definitely a spike in interest in sports during the college football season.

What is your take on Georgia? I thought Georgia had a shot at a national championship this season. A great quarterback, talented young running backs, good receivers, playmakers on defense. But the Bulldogs won’t be able to overcome that lopsided loss to South Carolina– on national TV, no less. Too bad, the FBS doesn’t have a 20-team playoff. You’d like UGA chances on get on a roll. Do you think we’ll see any more significant change and shakeup in college athletics in the near future? I think college offenses have gotten ahead of the defenses with the nohuddle attacks. And along with producing abnormally high-scoring games, there’s a health issue here for tired players who can’t get off the field.

Georgia Southern stars By Jeff Dantzler #6 Dominique Swope, FB 5-11, 221 Soph. Buford, Ga. (Buford H.S.)

#1 Jerick McKinnon, QB 5-9, 208 Jr. Marietta, Ga. (Sprayberry H.S.)

#66 Brent Russell 6-2, 300 Sr. Comer, Ga. (Madison County H.S.)

As dynamic as Georgia Southern’s quarterbacks have been in their years of greatness, the success of the “Hambone” triple option starts with the fullback. The Eagles have had plenty of great ones before, most notably Adrian Peterson, who goes down with Ham as the two best players in school history, Joe Ross and Gerald Harris. Well the Eagles have a dynamite quarterback/fullback duo again in 2012. Swope is a big time player with power and speed. When he is running strong up the gut, then the Eagles are doubly dangerous on the perimeter. Swope was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year last season, chalking up 1,033 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging over six yards per carry. Swope, who has missed a couple of games this year, is producing over 100 yards a game and a touchdown per game. He and McKinnon are two of the front-runners for Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors.

A front-runner for the Walter Payton Award, the Division I-AA/Football Championship Subdivision’s version of the Heisman Trophy, McKinnon is a dynamic threat who’s running sparks reminiscences of past Eagle greats Tracy Ham, Raymond Gross and J.R. Revere. The Eagles don’t throw the ball very much, attempting around seven passes per game, but McKinnon is the trigger-man for the best FCS rushing attack in the country, as Georgia Southern averaging nearly 400 yards on the ground. As a sophomore, McKinnon threw, caught and ran for touchdowns. He also intercepted two Maine passes in a playoff game. This season, he is posting nearly 100 yards per game, and distributing to a stellar collection of skill personnel. The Eagles have another outstanding quarterback, Ezayi Youyoute, who takes a lot of snaps and puts up big numbers. This is a terrific duo of quarterbacks who provide numerous problems for opposing defenses. The rare times they do throw, the Eagles have big play potential.

One of the dominating forces on the defensive line in the nation, Russell has had an exceptional senior campaign. He is fifth on the team in tackles, and leads the squad in sacks and tackles for loss. He also has a blocked kick. As a big body on the defensive interior, one of Russell’s primary duties is to tie up blockers. He does that – and makes plays. He started the season opener as a true freshman against Georgia in 2008, but injured his knee, missed the rest of the year and was redshirted. Russell came back strong as was the Southern Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year. Since, he has simply been the best defensive lineman in Division I-AA. Russell was a consensus first team All-American and finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award in 2010 and 2011. He was the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and is a leading contender again. Russell is in the conversation as arguably the greatest defender in Georgia Southern history.

Conference: Southern Conference

Eagles in a thumbnail: Until they were tripped by Appalachian State 31-28 on Nov. 3, the Eagles (8-2, 6-2 Southern Conference) were ranked No. 1 in America in the FCS Division poll. Georgia Southern’s only other defeat was a 23-21 setback to The Citadel in the Eagles’ second outing this season. Georgia Southern, which has gained at least a share of its 10th Southern Conference championship, has toppled Jacksonville (58-0), Elon (26-23), Samford (35-16), Western Carolina (45-13), Wofford (17-9), Furman (38-17), Chattanooga (39-31, 3 OTs) and Howard, this past Saturday by 69-26. A look at the Georgia Southern offense: In their patented triple-option attack, the Eagles are led by the double-barreled running attack of junior quarterback Jerick McKinnon (5-9, 208) and sophomore back Dominique Swope (5-11, 221). McKinnon, from Marietta, has run for 1,056 yards and 11 touchdowns while Swope, from Buford, has run for 819 yards and a conference-leading 14 touchdowns in just eight games. Both average over 100 yards per game rushing and in the romp over Howard, McKinnon ran for a career-high 198 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles rolled up a staggering 529 yards on the ground. Georgia Southern, of course, doesn’t throw it much as McKinnon has passed for 396 yards and five touchdowns. The Eagles average a whopping, league-leading 401 yards a game on the ground and also lead the SoCon in scoring at 37.6 points per outing. A look at the Georgia Southern defense: The Eagles have struggled at times on this side of the ball, giving up point totals of 23, 23, 31, 31 and 26 but have also had their bright moments in a shutout of Jacksonville and limiting Samford, Western Carolina, Wofford and Furman to 16, 13, 9 and 17 points, respectively. Georgia Southern ranks second in scoring defense in the SoCon, surrendering 18.9 points an outing, and is led by senior linebacker John Stevenson (5-11, 202) and senior safety J.J. Wilcox (6-0, 215). Stevenson, who hails from Stone Mountain, has recorded 83 tackles while Wilcox, from Cairo, has notched 63 stops. What Eagles head coach Jeff Monken says: “It was critical we find a way to win. We had to get to eight wins. Last year only two teams made the playoffs with seven wins, and 22 of the top 25 in the rankings this year already had seven wins. We couldn’t afford to hope and cross our fingers. There’s still no guarantee we’ll get in postseason play, but this will help. Now, we’ve got to prepare to play the University of Georgia.” Game Prediction: This game is most timely for the Bulldogs as it falls between Auburn and state-rival Georgia Tech and since the Eagles run the triple-option offense under Monken, who learned the craft under Tech head coach Paul Johnson, it should provide the Georgia defense with a look at what the Bulldogs will see Thanksgiving weekend when the Yellow Jackets buzz between the hedges. Georgia Southern has never been intimidated by the Bulldogs in their past meetings in Athens and likely won’t be this coming Saturday, either. I called this contest 38-17, Georgia, in the preseason and although I believe the Bulldogs should now tally 45 points or more against the smaller Eagle defense, with Georgia coming off the big SEC East title clinching in Auburn and likely being a bit emotionally spent, let’s keep it at that 38-17 prediction.

Five keys for a Bulldog victory By Jeff Dantzler

1. Stop the Fullback – When it comes to stopping the triple option, from the wishbone to the Eagles and Tech’s flexbone (originally named the “Hambone” by the great icon Erk Russell for star quarterback Tracy Ham), everything begins with the fullback. If the fullback is gashing the front, then the option pitch becomes easy and the defense is flat out defeated. Remember, in that painful loss to Tech in ’08, Johnathan Dwyer set the tone with a long touchdown run to start the second half. The Eagles have a standout fullback in Dominique Swope. He’s one of the top runners in Division I-AA. To avoid the upset, the Dogs front can’t let him run wild.

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Pressure the QB on the Pitch – It’s the next stage of defending the option. It start with limiting the effect of the fullback. When the quarterback decides to keep it and fakes to the fullback, he’s going wide right or left with a pitch man. If the quarterback is right handed and the ball is on the left hash, making the wide side the right side, this is when the next phase of the triple option can be its most dangerous. JeRick McKinnon is one of the dominant players in the country, and the other quarterback Ezayi Youyoutei s very dangerous as well. Georgia must be physical with the quarterback on the option. Hit them hard every time and don’t make it an option.

3. High Octane Offense – It is important for the Georgia offense to set the tone and put the pressure on the Eagles. This will far and away be the most talented offense that Georgia Southern has faced all year, and the Bulldogs ability to move the ball and strike for big plays on the ground and through the air should mean a big day on the scoreboard for the red and black. It would be nice to take some pressure off of the defense, since this will be the first of two straight games against the tough-to-defend triple option, and special teams. The Dogs will have the ability to come out fast, and keep the foot on the accelerator from start to finish.

4. Get Physical Up Front – Georgia’s offensive line is going to have to be tough and strong. The Eagles have a stellar defensive tackle in Brent Russell, who is on his way to becoming a three-time consensus All-American. He’s big and strong at 6-2, 300. But the Bulldogs offensive front has a size advantage and they can set the tone for a big day on offense, and be in a physical frame of mind against an underdog defense that will be flying around like it’s the Super Bowl. This week and next, Georgia’s offensive line can continue to grow, improve and make their mark as a standout up-and-coming unit.

5. Sound Special Teams – Turnovers and kicking game blunders, more than any other issues, tend to open the door for major upsets. Georgia must be solid here and not lose the game on special teams. There have been issues on special teams – primarily in place-kicking and the return game. For the most part, Georgia’s kick coverage has been outstanding, and punter Collin Barber has had a couple of excellent games here in the second half of the season. It would be a big plus if the Bulldogs could get a quick strike on special teams with a big return or a blocked punt. photo by Rob Saye

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Jeff Dantzler’s Top 25 It was an incredible day in college football with a slew of fantastic finishes, upsets and near misses. The biggest story of course was Texas A&M’s 29-24 victory at Alabama. Florida got a once-in-a-decade magic win against Louisiana-Lafayette on a blocked punt that landed perfectly. Vandy beat Ole Miss by one in Oxford, Missouri topped Tennessee by three in quadruple overtime, and Georgia clinched the SEC East with a rout of Auburn. This week there aren’t nearly as many huge match-ups, as everyone wants to tune up with the Thanksgiving rivalry games on deck. 1. Oregon – It was 24-17 and tight with Cal this past Saturday. Next thing you know, the Ducks flat out got it rolling. Oregon collected a 59-17 victory over the Golden Bears and are sitting pretty at 10-0. There are two tough challenges with Stanford and Oregon State remaining, but the Ducks are rolling. 2. Kansas State - What a job by Kansas State. The Wildcats played great defense in Fort Worth, jumped in front and held off TCU 23-10. Kansas State hits the road again this week, going to Baylor. Then Texas comes to call on the first Saturday in November. 3. Notre Dame – The Fighting Irish played great defense in a 21-6 win over Boston College in Beantown. Notre Dame hosts Wake Forest Saturday, and the Demon Deacons are struggling. Then comes Southern Cal in Los Angeles, and a ton figures to be on the line. 4. Alabama – It was a tough loss for the Crimson Tide against Texas A&M. Bama fell behind 20-0 and came storming back, but the Aggies responded. Bama has a tune-up and then Auburn. A win over the Tigers would get Bama to the SEC Championship Game. But their national title hopes have taken a severe blow. 5. Georgia – The Bulldogs flat out took care of business, dumping down Auburn 38-0 to improve to 9-1 and clinch the SEC East title for a second straight year. Todd Gurley, Jarvis Jones and Aaron Murray were all outstanding. Georgia has to not look ahead as Divison I-AA power Georgia Southern comes to Athens. 6. Ohio State – Urban Meyer’s team is a perfect 10-0 with two more big hurdles to climb. The Buckeyes have a couple of major hurdles to clear in Wisconsin and Michigan. Ohio State caught a break with the schedule and they had an improbable win over Purdue. But 10-0 is 10-0, and Meyer has the Buckeye express right back on track after their NCAA woes. 7. Florida - It was a red alert day for the Gators, who trailed LouisianaLafayette 20-13 with under two minutes to go. But the Gators scored and then blocked a punt, got perfect trajectory off the thud and got another TD with two seconds to go. The Gators host Jacksonville State Saturday then go to Tallahassee. 8. LSU – There was no hangover for the Bayou Bengals on the heels of that devastating loss to Alabama. The Fightin’ Tiger defense was terrific and Zach Mettenberger came up big in a 37-17 victory over Mississippi State. Next up is Ole Miss, which lost a heart-breaker by one to Vanderbilt, then comes a trip to Arkansas. 9. Texas A&M – What an incredible win for the Aggies. Beating top-ranked defending national champion Alabama in Tuscaloosa goes down as the program’s biggest win since defeating undefeated Kansas State in the 1998 Big XII Championship Game. Gig ‘em Aggies! They are smiling big and bright in College Station. 10. Florida State – The Seminoles pulled out an exciting come-from-behind win at Virginia Tech, as E.J. Manuel hit Rashad Greene, who made a tremendous run after the catch for the TD. If the ‘Noles win at Maryland, they wrap up a berth in the ACC Championship Game. Then the Gators come to call. 11. South Carolina – The Gamecocks took advantage of their open day and put together an outstanding performance in a 38-20 win over Arkansas. The South Carolina defense is rugged and Connor Shaw is playing very well. 12. Clemson – This looks like Clemson’s best team in over 20 years and maybe the best offense the Tigers have ever had. Clemson makes big plays on the ground and through the air. They have done a great job avoiding the upset this season. Clemson has a golden opportunity to make it to a BCS game for a second straight year.

13. Oklahoma – The Sooners got in a shootout with Baylor, but came out on top. Bob Stoops has his team primed to win out and go 10-2, staying in the picture for a possible BCS berth. Oklahoma lost twice at home this year, the first time in the Stoops era. 14. Stanford – In a PAC-12 thriller, the Cardinal held tough at home and took care of tough Oregon State. That Stanford defensive line is just stellar. Not many saw this team sitting at 8-2 on the heels of Andrew Luck’s departure to the NFL. And how good is he, by the way? 15. Texas – Something has clicked for Texas the last couple of weeks. That win at Texas Tech got the Longhorns going. It was a great tribute to the late Darrell Royal, as Texas came out in the wishbone and hit a big trick play to get rolling this past Saturday in a rout of Iowa State. That Kansas State game on the first Saturday of November will be huge for a lot of teams. 16. Oregon State – What a heartbreaker for the Beavers, as they fell at Stanford 27-23. The Beavers have lost just twice this year. It is one of the best years in school history thus far. The losses are by three at Washington and four at the farm. 17. UCLA – The Bruins have been a big surprise this season, and at 8-2, a berth in the PAC-12 Championship Game is on the line against Southern Cal. I don’t think too many people gave the Bruins a shot before the season started. 18. Louisiana Tech – This is the king of the shootout this season. The Bulldogs from Ruston out-gunned Texas State 62-55. Now they get Utah State, one of college football’s big surprises this season. Their only loss was by two to Texas A&M. 19. Louisville – When a 9-0 team is only a two-point favorite at a 4-5 team’s place, that is a red flag. Uh-oh. Syracuse smoked Louisville, handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season. The Cardinals can still win the Big East if they win out. 20. Nebraska – Do it Big Red. Nebraska took down Penn State in a hard fought affair – this game 30 years ago was an all-time instant classic with both riding high. Nebraska got a couple of breaks and the defense was tremendous in the second half against the Nittany Lions. 21. Mississippi State – The rigors of the toughest league in the land got to Mississippi State. The Maroon Bulldogs were 7-0, but have fallen to Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU the last three weeks. Dan Mullen has a good squad, but the SEC West is just downright brutal. 22. Texas Tech - The Red Raiders survived a huge scare from Kansas. Texas Tech was coming off of a five game stretch that was one of the toughest any team faced this year. So you could see a letdown coming. But Tommy Tuberville’s team got the win to move to 7-3. 23. Southern Cal – The Trojans had national championship dreams, but three losses clearly blew those away. But their next two games are enormous. Southern Cal plays its two rivals, UCLA for a berth in the PAC-12 Championship Game, and then Notre Dame. 24. Michigan – In one of the best games of the day and all season long in the Big Ten, Michigan rallied back to defeat Northwestern 38-31 in overtime, keyed by a hail mary that set up a tying field goal. The Wolverines had to do it without injured star quarterback Dennard Robinson. 25. Northwestern – Pat Fitzgerald has done outstanding work in Evanston. The Wildcats are a physical team on defense and they do an excellent job running a spread passing attack. The loss to Michigan was a real heart-breaker. That last gasp pass is a painful stinger.

Kevin Butler’s Players of the Game

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Kevin Butler, former University of Georgia legendary kicker and a member of the Georgia radio broadcast team, will each week during the 2012 football season select his offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week for Bulldawg Illustrated. Here are Butler’s selections and reasons why for the Bulldogs’ 38-0 win over Auburn Saturday, a victory that clinched the SEC East title for a second consecutive year. OFFENSE – Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and the entire UGA offensive staff, which directed an attack that scored on the Bulldogs’ first four drives and totaled right at 500 yards of offense on the night. “Mike Bobo and his staff have done an excellent job of developing a young offensive line,” said Butler. “Mike has done an unbelievable job of creating true balance with our offense through the air and with the running game. Mike had to battle to get the right receivers on the offense and Aaron (Murray) distributes the ball to all the receivers and the way he has used our freshman running backs (Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall) to establish the run game has created tremendous balance for the Georgia offense that will give them an opportunity to win the SEC title.” DEFENSE – Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and the entire Georgia defensive staff, which directed an effort that saw the Bulldogs blank Auburn for the first time since 1976 while holding the Tigers to just 57 yards rushing and 181 passing. “Todd and his staff have worked through injuries and suspensions from Day 1 this year and have consistently improved the play of our defense week by week,” said Butler. “The play of Jarvis Jones, the play of Jordan Jenkins has shown the ability to get everybody involved on the defensive front. And the secondary, once we got everybody back from suspension, has developed each week into a tougher pass defense. They are finally playing at the level that everybody expected them to play at the beginning of the year and now is the time of the season you want to have that happen.”

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SPECIAL TEAMS – All the Georgia coaches who instruct areas of the special teams, which enjoyed outstanding kick coverage and had excellent punting and kicking nights in the complete win over the Tigers. “This is the area that has seen the biggest improvement for the Georgia football team from the beginning of the year,” said Butler. “Going into the season with two freshman kickers (Marshall Morgan, Collin Barber), the specialty teams were obviously the biggest question mark but through the work of the coaches and the development of the special teams, they are now creating great field position and adding to the offense and defense like specialty teams should for a championship drive.” - Compiled by Murray Poole

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