Junkyard Blawg 

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

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]

It’s a Dawg’s world, whether you’re in London or Hoover

  • 10:58 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Bill King
Mark Richt was unusually confident meeting the media in Hoover. (Associated Press)

A week ago today, my wife and daughter and I were standing in line outside 221B Baker Street on a cool, rainy London morning, waiting for the Sherlock Holmes Museum to open, when the couple standing in front of us turned around.

Apparently noticing the G on my baseball cap and my daughter’s red sweatshirt, the woman asked, “Where are y’all from?”

“Atlanta,” I replied, and she smiled. “We’re from Augusta. Go Dogs!”

Turned out they were also parents of a UGA grad and were over early for the British Open.

I don’t know what the odds are of us queuing up right [More]

Junkyard Mail: Bulldogs fans’ 2014 football expectations mostly optimistic

  • 12:09 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Bill King
John Theus, Todd Gurley and Hutson Mason are all key components in the Georgia offense's 2014 prospects. (John Kelley / UGA)

This week saw 11 members of Mark Richt’s 2014 Georgia football team named to the Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC Team: Tailback Todd Gurley, inside linebacker Ramik Wilson and placekicker Marshall Morgan were named to the first team, while flanker Malcolm Mitchell, center David Andrews and outside linebackers Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins were second-team picks. Tackle John Theus and cornerback Damian Swann were picked for the third team, and defensive end Ray Drew and inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera were named to the fourth team. Gurley, Wilson and Floyd also were named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America Team this week.

Meanwhile, [More]

Matthews dismissal shows Mark Richt’s challenge: Balancing need for talent, desire for discipline (UPDATED)

  • 10:59 am Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by Bill King

There are no clear-cut answers to Georgia’s continuing attrition problem, as Tray Matthews’ dismissal marks the latest departure from Mark Richt’s team.

In the short term, the Dogs still have a loaded, talented offense and the defense looks to be strong up front, but I expect every opponent on the 2014 schedule to test the depleted secondary by throwing long and often.

Mostly due to his inability to come back from a nagging hamstring issue, Matthews never became the dominant defender he’d shown flashes of in his first spring in Athens and, in fact, lost his starting safety job late in the [More]

Is opener against Clemson the home game Dawg fans are most excited about?

  • 11:38 am Saturday, May 31st, 2014 by Bill King

Friday’s announcement that Georgia and Clemson will kick off in Athens at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30 with ESPN televising the game nationally means the Tigers and Bulldogs won’t have a second consecutive clash in prime time, but that’s not really surprising since this year’s game most likely won’t pit two Top 10 teams or a pair of Heisman-potential quarterbacks like last year’s did.

Still, it’s going to be one of the marquee events of college football’s opening weekend.

Mindful of how hot and muggy Athens usually is in late August, UGA fans are thankful that the unusual kickoff time means at least [More]

Just how high should ‘high expectations’ for Mark Richt’s Dawgs go in 2014?

  • 11:15 pm Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Bill King

What sort of football season should Georgia Bulldogs fans expect in 2014?

Speaking at his UGA Day appearance in Augusta earlier this week, The Augusta Chronicle reported, head coach Mark Richt said he hoped fans have “high expectations.”

“We all have high expectations for our team for our season,” Richt said. “The fact we have Hutson Mason as our starting quarterback [replacing the departed Aaron Murray] doesn’t make me feel like it can hold us back in any way. I think he’s ready for the challenge. I feel a lot better about him as a starter now that he’s done it [More]

Fan talk: Offensive line talent, defensive backfield concerns, true silver britches and Jacksonville! (Updated)

  • 10:51 am Saturday, May 17th, 2014 by Bill King

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

Larry Tucker writes: Bill, Any thoughts on why we seem to miss out on so many O-Line prospects? This year the state is loaded and already the top 5 are committed to out of state schools. When was the last time we have had an O-Lineman go in the first round of the draft?

First of all, Larry, I think it’s way too early to be fretting about the 2015 recruiting class. However, you’re not alone in worrying about how the OL will perform this coming season, particularly considering all [More]

Mark Richt’s incredible shrinking football team

  • 11:17 am Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Bill King
Shaq Wiggins makes a play during the G-Day game.  (Hyosub Shin / AJC)

We were in Chapel Hill late last week for my son’s graduation from UNC (he already has two degrees from UGA) when one of his old Athens roommates tweeted the news that Shaq Wiggins was transferring.

It came as a bit of a surprise considering Wiggins provided some of the few brights spots in Georgia’s secondary last season despite some inconsistent play, but then again the news wasn’t really a bolt out of the blue considering new defensive coordinator/secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt started a walk-on over Wiggins in the G-Day game.

That was probably a major factor in his decision to leave, [More]