Junkyard Blawg 

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

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]

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]

Bobo does not deserve lion’s share of blame for UGA loss to South Carolina

  • 9:08 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Bill King
Sony Michel scored his first career touchdown against South Carolina. (John Kelley / UGA)

A few more thoughts and observations from Saturday night’s disappointing game in Columbia …

Georgia’s defense was wretched most of the game against South Carolina. But, despite all the positive declarations after the second-half shutdown of Clemson, perhaps that’s what we expected all along. Maybe Dogs fans have come to accept as a given that Georgia’s defense is a liability. Call it the Grantham Effect, which appears to live on even after he’s gone.

How else do you explain the fact that on the blogs, on social media and on the call-in shows late Saturday and Sunday Georgia fans by a large [More]

Close but no cigar: Another epic fail in Columbia

  • 11:05 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Bill King
Todd Gurley had another stellar game, but it wasn't enough. (Sean Taylor / UGA)

Much was made over the past couple of weeks about the Bulldogs not scoring more than 20 points at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium in the past two decades.

So, as quarterback Hutson Mason said after the game, you’d think if Georgia scored 35 points in Columbia that it would be enough to win.

Except Georgia’s defense, hailed for shutting down Clemson in the second half of the season-opener, proved all that Jeremy-Pruitt-is-a-miracle-worker talk to be nothing more than a mirage by giving up 38 points.

As head coach Mark Richt said, for most of the evening the Dogs’ defense didn’t get it done, [More]

Dawgs must keep from beating themselves in Columbia

  • 11:01 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Bill King
Both teams' strategies likely revolve around Todd Gurley. (Philip Williams / UGA)

Chatting this week with several South Carolina fans about the upcoming game with Georgia, I’ve noticed they don’t appear to have much confidence at all in their defense, which got sliced and diced by Texas A&M, struggled early on with East Carolina and ranks last in the SEC. But they feel better about their offense now that tailback Mike Davis is back, even if they aren’t that confident overall about the consistency of quarterback Dylan Thompson.

But despite that they still feel pretty good about the Gamecocks’ chances against UGA simply because the game is in Columbia. In other words, they [More]