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]

Georgia’s mantra: When in doubt, let Todd Gurley do it

  • 11:25 pm Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by Bill King
Devin Bowman had a pick-6 against the Commodores. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

When some Georgia Bulldogs fans talked this past week about wanting to see someone at quarterback other than Hutson Mason, they probably didn’t have in mind Todd Gurley.

But while backup QB Brice Ramsey getting to run a designed series as early as the first quarter of Saturday’s 44-7 Homecoming win over Vanderbilt was a bit of a surprise, the bigger eye-opener came in the second quarter when star tailback Gurley, who took quite a few direct snaps in the “Wild Dawg” formation, suddenly pulled up and launched a 50-yard pass to freshman tight end Jeb Blazevich that set up an [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]

One-dimensional Georgia offense is lucky it has Todd Gurley

  • 8:04 pm Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by Bill King
Todd Gurley hurdles Tennessee defensive back Brian Randolph Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

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]

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]

Optimistic view from Rocky Top bucks oddsmakers on Georgia-Tennessee

  • 10:50 am Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Bill King
Georgia needs its student section to show up early Saturday. (Philip Williams / UGA)

There’s a bit of a disconnect this week between the Vegas oddsmakers, cautious Georgia fans and those folks in orange pants, who believe history is in their favor as they come into Sanford Stadium Saturday.

With the Dawgs favored by 17 to 19 points this week, Georgia is clearly the favorite of the folks who want you to bet on the game, but with another noon kickoff that could diminish the noise and crowd energy level Between the Hedges, a still-suspect secondary facing a team with talented receivers, and the Dogs’ own passing game still not completely out of the wrapping, [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]

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]

Tricky Dick, Chico and the Man, and Glidin’ Glynn

  • 10:55 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Bill King
Vince Dooley and Sylvester Boler on the cover of the 1974 Georgia football media guide. (University of Georgia)

This weekend, when Georgia travels to Columbia to meet the Gamecocks, it will mark the third week of the 2014 football season. But in my first year attending games as a UGA alum, mid-September was when the season actually started!

That was 1974, a year of important events in my life that are now marking their 40th anniversary.

It’s 40 years since I graduated from the University of Georgia. Forty years since I started working at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And 40 years since I became a UGA football season ticket holder and Bulldog Club member.

Looking back on the latter half of 1974, [More]

Junkyard Mail: Do the Dawgs really deserve their early Top 10 ranking?

  • 11:14 am Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by Bill King
Josh Dawgson sacks Clemson QB  Cole Stoudt. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Let’s get straight to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Harry Charbonneau writes: Bill, I do not see how the Bulldogs can be ranked as a Top 10 team at this point. Their pass defense is very weak and they have not yet developed an effective passing game. All great teams have strong defenses and balanced offenses that are strong in both the passing and running game. The Dogs are not there yet. In fact, I am very concerned that they will not be able to defeat South Carolina. What do you think?

Harry, based on just one game played, I [More]