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

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]

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]

Preseason concerns about Dawgs shift as injuries mount

  • 11:35 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Bill King

As Mark Richt’s Bulldogs approach the midway point in preseason practices, I decided to take stock of what parts of Georgia’s team have this fan feeling pretty good and what areas have me somewhat concerned.

The concerns actually have shifted a bit from before practice started. Yeah, I’m still taking a wait-and-see attitude on Jeremy Pruitt’s rebuilding project in the secondary as well as the reshuffling of the offensive line. And those still could prove to be the major points on which the Dogs’ early part of the season turns.

But as injuries have mounted and lingered, I’ve become more concerned about [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]

Bulldog Nation confidence check: All over the place

  • 11:17 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Bill King
UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. (John Kelley / UGA)

The level of confidence on the part of fans as Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs report for preseason camp today varies greatly.

There are those who think a healthy offense loaded at tailback and receiver will be unstoppable despite a change in quarterbacks, and that the defense can’t help but be better than last year, meaning another trip to the Dome in December.

At the other extreme are the worriers who lament the unsettled offensive line, all the personnel losses from an already suspect secondary, the departure of Aaron Murray and the Dogs’ spotty history in special teams. A lot of those folks [More]

Junkyard Mail: Changes Between the Hedges, Bobo’s offense, Georgia-Florida and more!

  • 12:29 pm Saturday, June 21st, 2014 by Bill King

The players are working out in Athens, but otherwise we’re in college football’s summer downtime. Come mid-July, however, the first harbingers of a new season will arrive, including SEC Media Days July 14-17 (UGA takes the spotlight on the last day), and the annual Countdown to Kickoff, organized by Bulldog greats Jon and Matt Stinchcomb and David Greene, which is set for noon to 3 p.m. July 19.

This year, the fan festival will move from its longtime home at the Woodruff Practice Fields to inside Sanford Stadium, which will give the many kids who attend the chance to run around [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]

Will Todd Gurley rank one day in your all-time dream Bulldogs backfield?

  • 9:24 am Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Bill King
Will Todd Gurley one day rank as one of UGA's greatest running backs? (Sean Taylor / UGA)

Welcome to the new location for the Junkyard Blawg! In case you missed it, here’s my most recent post …

The other day a Bulldogs fan asked me to look into my crystal ball a bit and predict whether potential Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley will go down in the annals of UGA football as one of the program’s greatest backs.

My answer was that, if he is 100 percent healthy this season and remains that way, he certainly would at least merit being in the conversation.

Gurley definitely is one of the most talented running backs I’ve ever seen playing in Athens. [More]