- 10:26 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Bill King
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]
- 10:00 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Bill King
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]
- 5:56 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Bill King
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:
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]
- 8:04 pm Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by Bill King
It’s a good thing Todd Gurley has strong legs, because thanks to continued defensive problems against the pass and inferior quarterback play that made Georgia’s offense one-dimensional, the magnificent tailback had to carry his team to its squeaker victory over a young, modestly talented Tennessee team Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
The win but gave the Dogs five in a row over the Vols and evened the series at 21-21-2.
Gurley’s career-high 208 yards on 28 carries, resulting in two touchdowns (including one on a 51-yard run in the fourth quarter), was the most rushing yards by a Bulldog in a game since [More]
- 11:01 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Bill King
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]
- 11:04 pm Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Bill King
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]
- 11:28 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Bill King
“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]
- 12:09 pm Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Bill King
In case you missed it, the news sneaked out Friday that Georgia has added Nicholls State, another obscure FCS program from Louisiana, to the Dogs’ home schedule for 2016 on a date to be determined.
Mercer (UGA’s first football game was a 50-0 win over the Bears at Herty Field).
Sewanee (a charter member of SEC).
Tulane (also a charter member of SEC).
Kennesaw State (which plays its inaugural season in 2015).
Furman (an FCS school, as Scates put it, “for Georgians too proud to go to Auburn”).
SMU (Scates suggests a “1980s day at Sanford”).
(If you’d like to check out Scates’ Poor Man’s Game Notes, [More]
- 12:12 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Bill King
Two weeks to go until Clemson arrives Between the Hedges, and excitement is building. So let’s get to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail …
Howard Terry writes: Bill, we all know what Malcolm Mitchell can do (if he can ever stay healthy) and likewise Chris Conley and Michael Bennett. But what other wide receiver are we likely to be talking about this season? Who do you see maybe coming up big?
Howard, I realize some folks have cooled on last year’s hot topic at receiver, Jonathon Rumph, since he didn’t show much last year (except against Appalachian State) or in the [More]
- 12:49 pm Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 by Bill King
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]