Junkyard Blawg 

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

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]

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]

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]

Vandy will find out Gurley isn’t ‘just another running back’

  • 10:58 am Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Bill King
Vanderbilt defenders likely will find out Todd Gurley is not just another SEC running back. (Ted Mayer / UGA)

Another week, another defensive back gone and another ridiculous point spread out of Vegas for a game between Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs and an SEC opponent.

It’s Homecoming in Athens (even if a nasty weather forecast forced Friday’s parade to be canceled) and the Dawgs are better than a 33-point favorite according to oddsmakers who seem to be daring folks to bet on a game that otherwise might not draw much gambling action.

While Vandy came out on top last year in Nashville, largely due to a perfect storm of Bulldog special teams meltdowns, injuries to key offensive players and bad [More]

Dawgs’ lack of a passing threat hindering Bobo’s playcalling

  • 9:04 pm Sunday, September 28th, 2014 by Bill King
Hutson Mason hasn't been able to get Georgia's passing attack on track. (John Kelley / UGA)

You can check out my post-game Blawg here. Meanwhile, a few more thoughts and observations from Georgia’s win over Tennessee …

Mike Bobo has always been a streaky kind of playcaller, alternating brilliant series with predictable, pedestrian calls that go nowhere. But, over the past three seasons, the high points generally were more prevalent than the lows as Georgia set records offensively.

This season has been back to the off-and-on mode, with Saturday’s game against Tennessee not exactly one Bobo would want to include in a career highlights reel.

Of course, it’s possible the reason so much of Bobo’s playcalling so far [More]

Junkyard Mail: Unleashing the ‘Wild Dawg,’ scheduling ‘icons’ and more!

  • 10:42 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Bill King
Sony Michel excited fans, especially when he was in the wildcat or "Wild Dawg" formation. (John Kelley / UGA)

Let’s face it, noon kickoffs are way too early for anyone and tend to negate just a bit of the home field advantage, at least early in the game, but they’re a fact of life in this ESPN-run world of college football. So here’s hoping everyone planning on going to Georgia’s game against Tennessee Saturday at Sanford Stadium shows up early and ready to get loud from the start.

This week’s game will include a special halftime recognition marking the 50th anniversary of Vince Dooley’s first team. The 1964 Bulldogs will be acknowledged on the field, plus this week’s tickets are [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]