Junkyard Blawg 

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

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 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]

Welcome to the Todd Gurley Appreciation Society!

  • 1:02 am Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Bill King
Todd Gurley showed again Saturday why he's considered the nation's best running back. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

I’ll have more on Georgia’s 45-21 triumph over old rival Clemson on a steamy night in Sanford Stadium, but first I wanted to offer a few quick thoughts:

Todd Gurley is one of those special players we need to savor while we have the tremendous pleasure of watching him. He certainly placed himself prominently in the early-season Heisman Trophy conversations with Saturday night’s stats: 198 yards on 15 carries and four touchdowns, plus a 100-yard-plus kickoff return that was a thing of beauty.

I’d said before the game that I wasn’t crazy about the game plan to play all Georgia’s tailbacks, meaning [More]

Georgia-Clemson: It doesn’t get any better!

  • 11:28 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Bill King
The play of John Theus and Georgia's offensive line will be a key to a win over Clemson. (Jason Getz / AJC)

“Are you ready for the new season?”

“Dawgs gonna do it against Clemson?’

Those are the typical greetings I’ve been getting around the office the past week or so, and the answsers are:

“Definitely” and “I think so.”

I hedge on the second because, like all Georgia fans, I’m wondering just how much better a largely inexperienced Bulldogs secondary will be with Jeremy Pruitt, late of national champion FSU, at the helm in place of the departed Todd Grantham.

My answer to a friend on that question yesterday: Well, at least they should all be on the same page of the playbook, which in itself [More]

Does Georgia really need to play five tailbacks against Clemson?

  • 10:27 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Bill King
When Georgia has the ball, do we really want to see Todd Gurley on  the sideline? (John Kelley / UGA)

By all accounts, Georgia’s Todd Gurley, a Heisman Trophy candidate considered by many to be the best college running back in the country, is fully healthy, in the best shape of his career and rarin’ to go, carrying a full load against the Clemson Tigers.

Assuming his coaches let him stay on the field, that is.

While I understand the fascination on the part of both fans and coaches with highly touted freshmen Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, I’m a bit concerned about all this talk about playing all five tailbacks against Clemson.

Now, when offensive coordinator Mike Bobo first Nobody follows Georgia-Clemson [More]

Junkyard Mail: How much should 2014 Dawgs rely on the run?

  • 12:49 pm Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 by Bill King
Hutson Mason opens fall practice under the watchful eye of Mike Bobo. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

It’s officially football season, now that Mark Richt’s Bulldogs have started preseason camp, so let’s see what’s on the minds of fans in some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Jimmy Howard writes: Bill, I know all about the benefits of a balanced offense, and Mike Bobo has shown in recent seasons that he understands well how a strong running game sets up a strong passing game. But with Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Brendan Douglas and elite newcomers Nick Chubb and Sony Michel at tailback, plus a changeover at quarterback, do you think maybe Georgia will (or should) rely on the [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]

Too many tailbacks never a problem in the SEC

  • 11:26 am Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by Bill King

“What’s Georgia gonna do with all those tailbacks?”

That’s what a guy getting on the elevator the other day wanted to know, and I must say I was kind of relieved to have someone talking to me about Bulldog running backs rather than Tray Matthews and the troubled secondary.

If all Mark Richt and Mike Bobo had returning was the “Don’t call us Gurshall” duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, they’d be in excellent shape, barring a return of last year’s injury bug. But the tailback corps in Athens also includes sophomore Brendan Douglas, who did solid if not exactly game-breaker [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]