Junkyard Blawg 

Lifelong Bulldog Bill King offers a fan's perspective on UGA sports

Welcome to the Todd Gurley Appreciation Society!

  • 1:02 am Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Bill King
Todd Gurley showed again Saturday why he's considered the nation's best running back. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

I’ll have more on Georgia’s 45-21 triumph over old rival Clemson on a steamy night in Sanford Stadium, but first I wanted to offer a few quick thoughts:

Todd Gurley is one of those special players we need to savor while we have the tremendous pleasure of watching him. He certainly placed himself prominently in the early-season Heisman Trophy conversations with Saturday night’s stats: 198 yards on 15 carries and four touchdowns, plus a 100-yard-plus kickoff return that was a thing of beauty.

I’d said before the game that I wasn’t crazy about the game plan to play all Georgia’s tailbacks, meaning [More]

Does Georgia really need to play five tailbacks against Clemson?

  • 10:27 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Bill King
When Georgia has the ball, do we really want to see Todd Gurley on  the sideline? (John Kelley / UGA)

By all accounts, Georgia’s Todd Gurley, a Heisman Trophy candidate considered by many to be the best college running back in the country, is fully healthy, in the best shape of his career and rarin’ to go, carrying a full load against the Clemson Tigers.

Assuming his coaches let him stay on the field, that is.

While I understand the fascination on the part of both fans and coaches with highly touted freshmen Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, I’m a bit concerned about all this talk about playing all five tailbacks against Clemson.

Now, when offensive coordinator Mike Bobo first Nobody follows Georgia-Clemson [More]

Junkyard Mail: Are some cupcakes more palatable than others for Dawgs fans?

  • 12:09 pm Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Bill King
Vince Dooley's career is honored in a new memorabilia exhibition. (UGA)

In case you missed it, the news sneaked out Friday that Georgia has added Nicholls State, another obscure FCS program from Louisiana, to the Dogs’ home schedule for 2016 on a date to be determined.

Mercer (UGA’s first football game was a 50-0 win over the Bears at Herty Field).

Sewanee (a charter member of SEC).

Tulane (also a charter member of SEC).

Kennesaw State (which plays its inaugural season in 2015).

Furman (an FCS school, as Scates put it, “for Georgians too proud to go to Auburn”).

SMU (Scates suggests a “1980s day at Sanford”).

(If you’d like to check out Scates’ Poor Man’s Game Notes, [More]

Junkyard Mail: How much should 2014 Dawgs rely on the run?

  • 12:49 pm Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 by Bill King
Hutson Mason opens fall practice under the watchful eye of Mike Bobo. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

It’s officially football season, now that Mark Richt’s Bulldogs have started preseason camp, so let’s see what’s on the minds of fans in some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Jimmy Howard writes: Bill, I know all about the benefits of a balanced offense, and Mike Bobo has shown in recent seasons that he understands well how a strong running game sets up a strong passing game. But with Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Brendan Douglas and elite newcomers Nick Chubb and Sony Michel at tailback, plus a changeover at quarterback, do you think maybe Georgia will (or should) rely on the [More]

Bulldog Nation confidence check: All over the place

  • 11:17 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Bill King
UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. (John Kelley / UGA)

The level of confidence on the part of fans as Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs report for preseason camp today varies greatly.

There are those who think a healthy offense loaded at tailback and receiver will be unstoppable despite a change in quarterbacks, and that the defense can’t help but be better than last year, meaning another trip to the Dome in December.

At the other extreme are the worriers who lament the unsettled offensive line, all the personnel losses from an already suspect secondary, the departure of Aaron Murray and the Dogs’ spotty history in special teams. A lot of those folks [More]

Junkyard Mail: Bulldogs fans’ 2014 football expectations mostly optimistic

  • 12:09 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Bill King
John Theus, Todd Gurley and Hutson Mason are all key components in the Georgia offense's 2014 prospects. (John Kelley / UGA)

This week saw 11 members of Mark Richt’s 2014 Georgia football team named to the Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC Team: Tailback Todd Gurley, inside linebacker Ramik Wilson and placekicker Marshall Morgan were named to the first team, while flanker Malcolm Mitchell, center David Andrews and outside linebackers Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins were second-team picks. Tackle John Theus and cornerback Damian Swann were picked for the third team, and defensive end Ray Drew and inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera were named to the fourth team. Gurley, Wilson and Floyd also were named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America Team this week.

Meanwhile, [More]

Is opener against Clemson the home game Dawg fans are most excited about?

  • 11:38 am Saturday, May 31st, 2014 by Bill King

Friday’s announcement that Georgia and Clemson will kick off in Athens at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30 with ESPN televising the game nationally means the Tigers and Bulldogs won’t have a second consecutive clash in prime time, but that’s not really surprising since this year’s game most likely won’t pit two Top 10 teams or a pair of Heisman-potential quarterbacks like last year’s did.

Still, it’s going to be one of the marquee events of college football’s opening weekend.

Mindful of how hot and muggy Athens usually is in late August, UGA fans are thankful that the unusual kickoff time means at least [More]

UGA fan talk: Raising football ticket prices, Gurley skateboarding, jersey changes and more!

  • 11:31 am Saturday, May 24th, 2014 by Bill King

Let’s get straight to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Sammy Bowden writes: I couldn’t believe Greg McGarity was talking this week about an increase in ticket price before the 2015 season, considering the Dawgs will play a home schedule that will feature the likes of Southern, ULM and Georgia Southern! OK, so Alabama will be playing in Athens that season, but I still question whether raising ticket prices is a good idea when everyone in college football, even in the SEC, seems to be worried about stemming a decline in attendance and enhancing the game day experience to lure [More]

Just how high should ‘high expectations’ for Mark Richt’s Dawgs go in 2014?

  • 11:15 pm Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Bill King

What sort of football season should Georgia Bulldogs fans expect in 2014?

Speaking at his UGA Day appearance in Augusta earlier this week, The Augusta Chronicle reported, head coach Mark Richt said he hoped fans have “high expectations.”

“We all have high expectations for our team for our season,” Richt said. “The fact we have Hutson Mason as our starting quarterback [replacing the departed Aaron Murray] doesn’t make me feel like it can hold us back in any way. I think he’s ready for the challenge. I feel a lot better about him as a starter now that he’s done it [More]

Mark Richt’s incredible shrinking football team

  • 11:17 am Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Bill King
Shaq Wiggins makes a play during the G-Day game.  (Hyosub Shin / AJC)

We were in Chapel Hill late last week for my son’s graduation from UNC (he already has two degrees from UGA) when one of his old Athens roommates tweeted the news that Shaq Wiggins was transferring.

It came as a bit of a surprise considering Wiggins provided some of the few brights spots in Georgia’s secondary last season despite some inconsistent play, but then again the news wasn’t really a bolt out of the blue considering new defensive coordinator/secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt started a walk-on over Wiggins in the G-Day game.

That was probably a major factor in his decision to leave, [More]