HD Video: Russ Gets a Promotion

ATHENS - Mary Helen Jones' quick look at Georgia's mascot Russ - who is now Uga IX.

Mary Helen Jones takes a quick look at UGA IX, aka Russ,during picture day at Georgia.

A young fan takes a close-up look at Russ (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Most fans are excited to see Russ - just not all in a good way. The dog often likes to smell the hands of young children, which can be unnerving for toddlers. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

A member of the Athletic Association landscaping crew paints the "G" on the middle of the field. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Russ, Georgia's long-term fill-in mascot, gathers himself before two hours of photos with fans of all ages. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Lines of fans, who were required to have tickets to take photos with Russ the mascot, wrapped around Sanford Stadium before the event started. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Mike Casper of Sugar Hill positions his daughter, Blakely, for a photo with Russ. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Swann Seiler, Russ' caretaker for the day, has given her time over the last 20 years to make sure fans see Georgia's mascot. Seiler's family has owned the line of UGAs for the last 57 years. The mascots have long been the main attraction of Picture Day in Athens. Lines for head coaches and star players rarely reach as long as the line of UGAs. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

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