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Georgia Athletics | December 21, 2015

Georgia football: Former mascot Uga IX, ‘Russ’ passes away

ATHENS, Ga.-- Former University of Georgia mascot Uga IX, also known fondly as "Russ," passed away in his sleep early Monday morning according to the Seiler family, long time owners of the Georgia line of mascots.

Russ, born June 20, 2004, officially retired at the Nov. 21 football game with Georgia Southern turning over mascot duties to Uga X, also known as "Que."

The half-brother of Uga VII, Russ compiled an overall record of 44-19. He served as an interim Bulldog mascot for a total of 25 games, working nine games during the 2009 and 2010 seasons after Uga VII and VIII passed away. Russ roamed the sidelines at all 14 games during the 2011 season. He then served for two wins at the beginning of the 2012 season before being officially promoted as Uga IX prior to the Florida Atlantic game on Sept. 15, 2012.

The continuous line of Georgia Bulldog mascots has been owned by the Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler family of Savannah, Ga., since 1956.

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