Junkyard Blawg 

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

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]

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]

Georgia-Clemson: It doesn’t get any better!

  • 11:28 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Bill King
The play of John Theus and Georgia's offensive line will be a key to a win over Clemson. (Jason Getz / AJC)

“Are you ready for the new season?”

“Dawgs gonna do it against Clemson?’

Those are the typical greetings I’ve been getting around the office the past week or so, and the answsers are:

“Definitely” and “I think so.”

I hedge on the second because, like all Georgia fans, I’m wondering just how much better a largely inexperienced Bulldogs secondary will be with Jeremy Pruitt, late of national champion FSU, at the helm in place of the departed Todd Grantham.

My answer to a friend on that question yesterday: Well, at least they should all be on the same page of the playbook, which in itself [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]

20 of life’s amazing moments for a Dawgs fan

  • 10:33 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Bill King
Players and fans celebrate after last year's big win over LSU. (Radi Nabulsi / UGA)

Recently I was looking at some photos from last year’s LSU game, which was not just the high point of the season but probably of the past seven or eight seasons.

As I wrote after that memorable late-September day:

“I’ve been going to Georgia football games for 50 years and I can say without hesitation that was the loudest I’ve ever heard Sanford Stadium from first kickoff to final whistle. On that last futile drive by LSU, particularly the fourth-down incompletion, the place was literally vibrating with a decibel level that must have approached that of a jet engine. A spine-tingling moment [More]

Junkyard Mail: Fan talk on receivers, breakout freshmen, Trenton Thompson and more!

  • 12:12 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Bill King
Will Jonathon Rumph finally step up big-time in his senior season? (Sean Taylor / UGA)

Two weeks to go until Clemson arrives Between the Hedges, and excitement is building. So let’s get to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail …

Howard Terry writes: Bill, we all know what Malcolm Mitchell can do (if he can ever stay healthy) and likewise Chris Conley and Michael Bennett. But what other wide receiver are we likely to be talking about this season? Who do you see maybe coming up big?

Howard, I realize some folks have cooled on last year’s hot topic at receiver, Jonathon Rumph, since he didn’t show much last year (except against Appalachian State) or in the [More]

Preseason concerns about Dawgs shift as injuries mount

  • 11:35 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Bill King

As Mark Richt’s Bulldogs approach the midway point in preseason practices, I decided to take stock of what parts of Georgia’s team have this fan feeling pretty good and what areas have me somewhat concerned.

The concerns actually have shifted a bit from before practice started. Yeah, I’m still taking a wait-and-see attitude on Jeremy Pruitt’s rebuilding project in the secondary as well as the reshuffling of the offensive line. And those still could prove to be the major points on which the Dogs’ early part of the season turns.

But as injuries have mounted and lingered, I’ve become more concerned about [More]

August in Athens: ‘Red and Black Christmas’!

  • 11:05 am Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Bill King
The UGA Bookstore has a Georgia-Clemson game T-shirt. (Olivia King / special)

Ah, Athens in August.

With school not yet in session and no classes to schedule around, Mark Richt and his staff have been moving right along with preseason camp, including starting two-a-days. And that’s meant …. Isaiah McKenzie turning heads with his open-field moves … Richt providing a little Dawg porn when he has the team run quick three-on-three Oklahoma drills with the media (and their camera phones) watching while Todd Gurley goes airborne (in practice!) … the daily media injury watch to see who limped off the field, who’s in what color jersey, who didn’t dress out and whether Hutson [More]

Junkyard Mail: Getting Dogs’ secondary on track, Clemson game, honoring Dooley and more!

  • 11:59 am Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Bill King
Can Jeremy Pruitt turn the Dogs' dysfunctional secondary around in one season? (University of Georgia)

Bulldogs reserve linebacker Davin Bellamy, a redshirt freshman, was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of DUI and speeding, which means Jordan Jenkins may not get quite as much relief as expected at outside linebacker during the Clemson and South Carolina games.

So, yet another off-season arrest for Mark Richt’s team, and I’m not sure what’s left to say about that other than I’ve given up trying to figure out why so many college players these days keep doing dumb things that they know are going to cost them playing time.

Anyway, let’s dive into some Junkyard Mail. …

Andrew in Charleston, [More]