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Saturday's Notables

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 15, 2013 at 08:22 PM

THEY SAID IT

I'd just as soon not go through it again, to be honest with you. It did get pretty tiresome."

- Georgia coach Mark Richt on how he handled the preseason hype of being ranked No. 1.

It's a story of a group of young men that have come together and said, 'We're tired of losing. We want to accomplish something special.' Their working very hard for that on the field, and I'm very proud of them."

- East Carolina coach Skip Holtz after the Pirates' upset win against No. 17 Virginia Tech.

UGA VII MAKES DEBUT

Wearing a red "G" jersey, a pure white English bulldog calmly trotted across green turf to be collared the University of Georgia's new mascot.

Uga VII made his debut Saturday in a ceremony before the Bulldogs' 45-21 win over Georgia Southern.

After the ceremony, the new mascot retreated to his new sideline doghouse to rest upon a throne of ice in his new air-conditioned doghouse.

Uga VII bears a strong resemblance to his father, Uga VI, who died of heart failure in June after a nine-year reign.

TEXAS RETIRES YOUNG'S NO. 10

The video on the stadium scoreboard Saturday replayed the moment Texas fans have committed to memory.

Vince Young took the snap, bolted to his right and crossed the goal line, lifting the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship with a 41-38 win against Southern California in the Rose Bowl.

On Saturday, Texas retired Young's No. 10 jersey, honoring the former Longhorns quarterback with a short ceremony before the kickoff of the season opener against Florida Atlantic.

"I definitely want to thank our fans," Young told the crowd, which saluted him with a standing ovation as he flashed a "Hook 'em Horns" with his right hand. "Y'all's heart, y'all's spirit ... y'all mean a whole lot to me."

Young, who now plays for the Tennessee Titans, was presented with a framed burnt-orange jersey on the field and got a hug from Texas coach Mack Brown.

WHAT A RUSH

Shun White rushed for a school-record 348 yards as Navy ran past Towson 41-13 to give Coach Ken Niumatalolo a win in his debut.

White scored on runs of 33, 87 and 73 yards to break Eddie Meyers' record of 298 set in 1981 against Syracuse.

Navy, the top rushing team in the nation the past three seasons, totaled 558 yards against the Tigers, the third-best team total in school history.

ARKANSAS RUNNING BACK SUSPENDED

Arkansas RB Michael Smith was suspended for the team's opener against Western Illinois on Saturday night for improper use of scholarship textbooks.

A school spokesman said the matter involved an NCAA secondary violation, which the school has turned in.

Freshman Dennis Johnson started at running back for the Razorbacks, who are trying to replace stars Darren McFadden and Felix Jones from last year's team.

Smith, a junior, has gained 6.8 yards per carry in limited duty the past two years. He was atop the depth chart before being suspended.

The Associated Press

THEY SAID IT

UGA VII MAKES DEBUT

TEXAS RETIRES YOUNG'S NO. 10

WHAT A RUSH

ARKANSAS RUNNING BACK SUSPENDED

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