Junkyard Blawg 

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

Dawgs’ superlative first half enough to overwhelm Razorbacks

  • 10:00 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Bill King
Nick Chubb scores against Arkansas Saturday. (John Kelley / UGA)

If you’re going to lose focus defensively, draw a bunch of flags and go conservative in your offensive playcalling in the second half of an SEC game, and you still want to win, you better have had a heck of a first half.

Fortunately for Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs, that certainly was the case Saturday at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium as the Dawgs came out fast, led by 32 at the half, and then held on for an important 45-32 road win over a hard-fighting, never-say-die bunch of Razorbacks.

The game opened with a textbook 13-play, 75-yard drive by the Hogs, [More]

Fourth quarter likely the key to ‘smashmouth’ Georgia-Arkansas matchup

  • 10:43 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Bill King
The Razorbacks hope to force Hutson Mason to have to pass more. (Ben Walton / UGA)

Ordinarily, you wouldn’t expect a game between the first-place team in the SEC East and the last place team in the SEC West to be considered that close a call, especially when the latter school has a 15-game conference losing streak.

But the phrase that’s popped up most frequently this week to describe Georgia’s game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock Saturday against the Arkansas Razorbacks is “strength vs. strength,” and that’s a big reason why 10th-ranked UGA is only a 3.5 point favorite over the Hogs.

Arkansas leads the SEC and is the 10th best team in the nation in [More]

Dawgs prove they’re not a one-man team

  • 5:56 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Bill King
Nick Chubb had a big day in his first start for the Bulldogs. (Associated Press)

My middle brother Jonathan, the family optimist, who in the midst of all the woe-is-us reaction to Todd Gurley’s suspension this week preferred to see the road game against Missouri as “an opportunity” for the Dawgs, texted me shortly after Saturday’s final whistle:

“Told ya!”

Fortunately, Mark Richt’s Bulldogs were of the same mind as Jon, with young tailbacks Nick Chubb and Brendan Douglas, quarterback Hutson Mason and, especially, the much-maligned Georgia defense stepping up big in the absence of Heisman candidate Gurley.

Me, I thought the Bulldogs might be able to pull a close one out, maybe by a field goal, if [More]

Sometimes, UGA’s football program just seems snakebit

  • 10:50 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Bill King
Will this latest turn of events end Todd Gurley's chances of winning the Heisman? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

We should be getting used to this by now, but UGA fans rightfully have grown tired and frustrated over the carrot-and-stick routine fate seems to have in store for us.

As my son put it yesterday afternoon following the announcement of Todd Gurley’s suspension, Georgia is on a brutal run that combines bad luck with self-imposed pain from attempting to run a program with some integrity in a sport that provides no reward for it.

Choose your poison: When the Dogs aren’t playing shorthanded and losing because of self-inflicted wounds due to the school’s strict policies, or aren’t having victory snatched from [More]

If Richt likes rotating QBs, why the hesitancy?

  • 11:18 pm Sunday, October 5th, 2014 by Bill King
Mark Richt is being coy about whether Brice Ramsey will continue to get designated series. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Some random notes and observations from Georgia’s win over Vanderbilt and a topsy-turvy weekend in college football …

Brice Ramsey seems to have definitely settled in to the No. 2 QB position for the Dogs (Faton Bauta only got in for one play against Vandy, a 1-yard loss on a keeper), and Ramsey’s initial appearance on the third series of the game was scripted in advance.

He made a couple of passes and overthrew several others (he was a bit pumped up, which is to be expected), but generally seemed sure of himself and, frankly, looked better making fakes than starter Hutson [More]

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]

Dawgs’ lack of a passing threat hindering Bobo’s playcalling

  • 9:04 pm Sunday, September 28th, 2014 by Bill King
Hutson Mason hasn't been able to get Georgia's passing attack on track. (John Kelley / UGA)

You can check out my post-game Blawg here. Meanwhile, a few more thoughts and observations from Georgia’s win over Tennessee …

Mike Bobo has always been a streaky kind of playcaller, alternating brilliant series with predictable, pedestrian calls that go nowhere. But, over the past three seasons, the high points generally were more prevalent than the lows as Georgia set records offensively.

This season has been back to the off-and-on mode, with Saturday’s game against Tennessee not exactly one Bobo would want to include in a career highlights reel.

Of course, it’s possible the reason so much of Bobo’s playcalling so far [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]