Junkyard Blawg 

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

NCAA’s message in the Gurley case: Honesty doesn’t pay

  • 3:52 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Bill King
Todd Gurley didn't catch a break from the NCAA despite his honesty. (Associated Press)

For those who prefer to dwell on the positive, you can check out my Blawg on favorite plays from the Georgia-Florida series over the years here. For the rest of you, here are some thoughts on UGA’s latest unsatisfactory interaction with the NCAA …

Let’s say you’re the next high-profile college athlete who runs afoul of the NCAA rule against profiting from your own name and image (and Todd Gurley surely won’t be the last). Are you going to follow the admit-everything-and-throw-yourself-on-the-mercy-of-the-NCAA approach taken by UGA and Gurley, or are you going to opt for the deny-everything model that’s worked [More]

A Dawgs fan’s favorite plays from Jacksonville

  • 10:53 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Bill King
The Knowshon Moreno dive that set off one of college football's most infamous celebrations.  (Jason Getz / AJC)

There’s no better way to get in the mood for Georgia-Florida week than to look back at the rivalry’s storied past. (Contrary to what some Gators fans believe, that begins way before 1990.)

And one natural result of looking back is thinking about favorite plays. Of course, the two big plays against the hated Gators that always come to mind first for Bulldogs fans are the “Run, Lindsay” touchdown pass from Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott in the 1980 national championship season, and the Richard Appleby-to-Gene Washington fake end-around TD pass from 1975, both of which featured legendary calls by Larry [More]

Junkyard Mail: Fans sound off on Gurley, Richt, Bobo and more!

  • 7:01 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Bill King
If you look, you can still find the Redcoat Band's recording of "Krypton Fanfare" and other game day favorites. (Sean Taylor / UGA)

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

Claudia Davis writes: I am so proud of the way Mark Richt and the Dawgs have responded to this [Todd Gurley] controversy, but I would never want to underestimate how important Gurley is to Georgia. I so hope he will be reinstated soon because he is an outstanding player and person who has been taught honesty is always the best answer. What a sad day it will be if we teach our young men that to cover up and to lie is the best way to go. I have an [More]

What needs to happen for the Dawgs to ‘finish the drill’

  • 10:26 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Bill King
The return of Todd Gurley would be a big plus for the Dogs as they enter the second half of their season. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

With the college football season at about the halfway point, I’ve been talking with fellow fans this week about what Georgia needs to do this season to make it to Atlanta and beyond.

My brother Tim has no doubt about what’s needed: “Only one thing, get their best players back on the field, Todd and Sony.”

Obviously, it would be a big help if Todd Gurley is reinstated. I know Nick Chubb has done a fantastic job carrying the load the past two weeks, but I couldn’t believe it when I saw fans caught up in the excitement of the wins over [More]

A tale of two Bobo’s, favorite plays and more

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Bill King
Mike Bobo's playcalling in the first half showed a deft mix of Hutson Mason's passing and Nick Chubb's running. (John Kelley / UGA)

A few more random thoughts and observations from Georgia’s win over Arkansas and other SEC games …

I complained in my post-game Blawg, which you can read here, about how conservative Georgia’s offensive playcalling was for most of the second half in Little Rock. Trying to sit on a lead is never fun to watch.

But I absolutely loved the way Mike Bobo opened the game.

Everyone, including the Arkansas defense, was expecting Nick Chubb to get the ball, and instead Bobo had Hutson Mason defy his reputation by going long to Chris Conley for 48 yards. And then follow that up [More]

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]