THERE'S ANOTHERDawg coming of age in Athens. After Uga VI died of heart failure in June, theSeiler family of Savannah, which has raised the Georgia mascots for the last 52years, tabbed 3-year-old Loran's Best to be Uga VII just two weeks before theseason. (He's named after longtime Georgia radio reporter Loran Smith.) The57-pound Uga VII seems to be saving his energy for bigger games. In theBulldogs' opening win over Georgia Southern, TV cameras caught him snoozinglate in the 45--21 blowout. And last Saturday he looked less than pugnacious attimes as he retreated to his ice-filled kennel to escape the desert heat."He has a sense of his role," says attorney Frank W. (Sonny) Seiler,75, "but he hasn't really figured it out yet."
His ancestors setthe bar high: Uga VI roamed the sidelines for the most Georgia wins (87 overnine seasons, with just 27 losses), and Uga V graced SI's cover in 1997 as thenation's best college mascot. Says Seiler of Uga VII, "He has big paws tofill."