Que on the Sidelines for UGA

ATHENS - Georgia hasn’t officially named him Uga X quite yet, but the leading candidate to be the next Bulldogs’ mascot was on the sideline Saturday in Sanford Stadium.

“Que” was “on duty” for the Louisiana-Monroe game, as athletic department spokesman Claude Felton described it. He even stayed inside the Uga dog house during the first lightning delay when heavy rain fell.

Russ has been the only bulldog representing Georgia on the sidelines since he came out of retirement in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis at the end of the 2010 season for an ailing Uga VIII, who died in February 2011. Russ filled in all of the 2011 season before becoming Uga IX in September, 2012. He filled in for the final games two games in 2009 and the first six in 2010.

Russ, who is retiring, is “fine,” according to Felton. The Seiler family, which has cared for the famed line of Bulldogs since 1956, didn’t want to bring both dogs to Saturday’s game.

Que, a grandson of Russ, already has had tryouts of sorts at UGA Picture Day and the Countdown to Kickoff fan event earlier this summer.

A collar ceremony for “Que” would come later in the season. Consider Saturday a way to see how he responded to a gameday atmosphere.

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Georgia had three first-time starters in the game: UAB inside linebacker transfer Jake Ganus and freshman star defensive back Rico McGraw, who had three tackles each, and quarterback Greyson Lambert.

Atlanta rapper Pastor Troy led a spirited rendition of the UGA Bulldog cheer. He came wearing his Pastor Troy belt that looks like a boxing champion’s belt.

Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell’s touchdown catch was the 12th of his career.

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