Junkyard Blawg 

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

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]

Tricky Dick, Chico and the Man, and Glidin’ Glynn

  • 10:55 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Bill King
Vince Dooley and Sylvester Boler on the cover of the 1974 Georgia football media guide. (University of Georgia)

This weekend, when Georgia travels to Columbia to meet the Gamecocks, it will mark the third week of the 2014 football season. But in my first year attending games as a UGA alum, mid-September was when the season actually started!

That was 1974, a year of important events in my life that are now marking their 40th anniversary.

It’s 40 years since I graduated from the University of Georgia. Forty years since I started working at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And 40 years since I became a UGA football season ticket holder and Bulldog Club member.

Looking back on the latter half of 1974, [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]

Dawgs have to learn to deal with early success, rapid rise

  • 11:15 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Bill King

I’ve noticed a mild debate among fans online about just how much celebration there should be over the defeat of Clemson and Georgia’s rapid rise in the polls.

Many are taking the tack of Mark Richt, noting that it’s just one game and a long season remains, including some pretty tough challenges. As one fan put it in commenting on the Blawg, “Time to slow it down a tad. I suggest that everyone and team watch 1st half of 2012 Carolina game, before our heads burst.”

Others are just enjoying the ride as the talking heads of ESPN proclaim the Dogs an early [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]