- 9:08 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Bill King
A few more thoughts and observations from Saturday night’s disappointing game in Columbia …
Georgia’s defense was wretched most of the game against South Carolina. But, despite all the positive declarations after the second-half shutdown of Clemson, perhaps that’s what we expected all along. Maybe Dogs fans have come to accept as a given that Georgia’s defense is a liability. Call it the Grantham Effect, which appears to live on even after he’s gone.
How else do you explain the fact that on the blogs, on social media and on the call-in shows late Saturday and Sunday Georgia fans by a large [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]
- 1:02 am Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Bill King
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]
- 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]
- 10:27 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Bill King
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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 12:09 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Bill King
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.
- 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]