Georgia ranked No. 10 in the nation in attendance for its spring football game, according to figures compiled by Sports Business Daily.
Alabama again had the largest spring-game crowd (91,312), followed by Nebraska (77,936), Ohio State (65,223), Auburn (63,217), Penn State (55,000), Florida (51,500), Florida State (51,000), Texas (44,000), Virginia Tech (41,000) and Georgia (38,472).
Also topping 30,000 in spring-game attendance: Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Michigan State.
A full chart of the attendance for BCS schools’ spring games (except for a few on which attendance was unavailable) can be found here.
According to this report in the Knoxville News Sentinel, Barbara Dooley was in attendance — and in orange — at Wednesday night’s Atlanta stop of Tennessee’s Big Orange Caravan.
“There is no way I can come into this state without my mother finding me,” Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley told the audience. “I never knew how good she looked in orange. All these years she’s been wearing the wrong color.”
Dooley — Derek, not Barbara — also talked about the importance to the Vols of recruiting in Georgia, according to the News Sentinel report. “We started it on signing day,” he said, “and we’re going to keep pushing it to bleed orange right into this state for a long time.”
Fullback Shaun Chapas and wide receiver Kris Durham will play their final football season at Georgia this fall with their college degrees already earned.
Chapas and Durham will graduate at Georgia’s spring commencement ceremonies in Sanford Stadium on Saturday evening.
Chapas is a marketing major and Durham a middle-school education major. They will take graduate courses while completing their football eligibility in the fall.
In addition to current players Chapas and Durham, 10 former UGA football players will get their degrees Saturday. Among them: defensive tackle Geno Atkins, a recent fourth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.