Junkyard Blawg 

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

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]

Sanford Stadium crowd earned ‘12th man’ status against Clemson

  • 11:04 pm Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Bill King
Mark Richt said Saturday's Dawg Walk was one of the best ever. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

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]

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]

Junkyard Mail: Are some cupcakes more palatable than others for Dawgs fans?

  • 12:09 pm Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Bill King
Vince Dooley's career is honored in a new memorabilia exhibition. (UGA)

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]