Junkyard Blawg 

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

Georgia’s mantra: When in doubt, let Todd Gurley do it

  • 11:25 pm Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by Bill King
Devin Bowman had a pick-6 against the Commodores. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

When some Georgia Bulldogs fans talked this past week about wanting to see someone at quarterback other than Hutson Mason, they probably didn’t have in mind Todd Gurley.

But while backup QB Brice Ramsey getting to run a designed series as early as the first quarter of Saturday’s 44-7 Homecoming win over Vanderbilt was a bit of a surprise, the bigger eye-opener came in the second quarter when star tailback Gurley, who took quite a few direct snaps in the “Wild Dawg” formation, suddenly pulled up and launched a 50-yard pass to freshman tight end Jeb Blazevich that set up an [More]

A different Bulldog story: Finishing the drill outside the spotlight

  • 10:16 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Bill King
Linebacker Tommy Long, a walk-on player from Marietta. (John Kelley / UGA)

Let’s take a moment away from the ongoing discussion of Jeremy Pruitt’s defense and the strength of Hutson Mason’s arm for a generally overlooked aspect of Mark Richt’s Bulldogs.

Tom Hodgson, with whom I grew up and went to school from kindergarten through college in Athens, passed along an inspiring story about the kind of young man who plays a big part in college athletics, even if he doesn’t get the headlines.

It’s about one of those nonscholarship players who “walk on” the team and spend long hours practicing without getting to enjoy the spotlight. Often, their main contribution in the eyes [More]

One-dimensional Georgia offense is lucky it has Todd Gurley

  • 8:04 pm Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by Bill King
Todd Gurley hurdles Tennessee defensive back Brian Randolph Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

It’s a good thing Todd Gurley has strong legs, because thanks to continued defensive problems against the pass and inferior quarterback play that made Georgia’s offense one-dimensional, the magnificent tailback had to carry his team to its squeaker victory over a young, modestly talented Tennessee team Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

The win but gave the Dogs five in a row over the Vols and evened the series at 21-21-2.

Gurley’s career-high 208 yards on 28 carries, resulting in two touchdowns (including one on a 51-yard run in the fourth quarter), was the most rushing yards by a Bulldog in a game since [More]

Junkyard Mail: Unleashing the ‘Wild Dawg,’ scheduling ‘icons’ and more!

  • 10:42 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Bill King
Sony Michel excited fans, especially when he was in the wildcat or "Wild Dawg" formation. (John Kelley / UGA)

Let’s face it, noon kickoffs are way too early for anyone and tend to negate just a bit of the home field advantage, at least early in the game, but they’re a fact of life in this ESPN-run world of college football. So here’s hoping everyone planning on going to Georgia’s game against Tennessee Saturday at Sanford Stadium shows up early and ready to get loud from the start.

This week’s game will include a special halftime recognition marking the 50th anniversary of Vince Dooley’s first team. The 1964 Bulldogs will be acknowledged on the field, plus this week’s tickets are [More]

Optimistic view from Rocky Top bucks oddsmakers on Georgia-Tennessee

  • 10:50 am Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Bill King
Georgia needs its student section to show up early Saturday. (Philip Williams / UGA)

There’s a bit of a disconnect this week between the Vegas oddsmakers, cautious Georgia fans and those folks in orange pants, who believe history is in their favor as they come into Sanford Stadium Saturday.

With the Dawgs favored by 17 to 19 points this week, Georgia is clearly the favorite of the folks who want you to bet on the game, but with another noon kickoff that could diminish the noise and crowd energy level Between the Hedges, a still-suspect secondary facing a team with talented receivers, and the Dogs’ own passing game still not completely out of the wrapping, [More]

Dawgs score a lot of points, play a lot of people and have some fun

  • 7:59 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Bill King
Isaiah McKenzie had an exciting punt return. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

“I don’t know what to take from this game,” one of my Sanford Stadium neighbors said Saturday after Georgia had completed its 66-0 romp over Troy.

I shrugged. The Dogs, I said, did exactly what they were supposed to do. So what if it was against an outmanned Sun Belt opponent.

Of course, that in itself is something worth noting about this game: Too often in the past, particularly coming off a disappointing loss in a big game, Mark Richt teams have taken the field for such matchups seeming distracted, bored, as if they’d rather be somewhere else. The result often has [More]

Junkyard Mail: Bulldog Nation is not a happy place right now

  • 10:53 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Bill King
Hutson Mason is completing 70 percent of his passes but hasn't challenged anyone downfield. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Not a great week for Georgia Bulldogs fans, with the super media hype after the opening win over Clemson turning negative. Even Rolling Stone, which normally doesn’t cover sports, jumped on the pile, declaring Mark Richt the Charlie Brown of college football! So, let’s open this week’s fan talk on a couple of positive notes: Georgia plays football again Saturday in Athens (noon kickoff against the Trojans from, where else, Troy) and someone thinks UGA has the best home uniforms.

Now, let’s get to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. A lot of folks wrote in the past week [More]

UGA coaches’ postmortem outscores game performance

  • 10:31 am Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Bill King
Mike Bobo, seen with quarterback Hutson Mason, defended his controversial call. (Philip Williams / UGA)

Whether issuing a mea culpa or defending what they did, college football coaches’ comments after a controversial loss don’t change anything. But, if the tone and substance are handled right, they can at least score some points with the fan base. In that regard, Georgia’s head coach and his two coordinators did pretty well this week.

First, Mark Richt candidly admitted that, in hindsight, he wished the Dogs had “hammered it” (meaning given the ball to tailback Todd Gurley) when they had first-and-goal at the 4 Saturday night in Columbia. Then, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, neither [More]

Junkyard Mail: Do the Dawgs really deserve their early Top 10 ranking?

  • 11:14 am Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by Bill King
Josh Dawgson sacks Clemson QB  Cole Stoudt. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

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

Harry Charbonneau writes: Bill, I do not see how the Bulldogs can be ranked as a Top 10 team at this point. Their pass defense is very weak and they have not yet developed an effective passing game. All great teams have strong defenses and balanced offenses that are strong in both the passing and running game. The Dogs are not there yet. In fact, I am very concerned that they will not be able to defeat South Carolina. What do you think?

Harry, based on just one game played, I [More]

Sanford Stadium crowd earned ‘12th man’ status against Clemson

  • 11:04 pm Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Bill King
Mark Richt said Saturday's Dawg Walk was one of the best ever. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Happy Labor Day! Hope you’re all enjoying a great holiday. If you haven’t checked out my initial Georgia-Clemson post-game Blawg (“Welcome to the Todd Gurley Appreciation Society”), you can do so here. Now, here are some additional observations from Georgia’s season-opener …

Mark Richt asked the Georgia fans, particularly the students, to come early and be loud, and that certainly was the case Saturday night, especially on key third-down plays. A couple of times, including after Todd Gurley’s kickoff return touchdown, the decibel level came close to the all-time high achieved last year against LSU. Clemson had to burn two [More]