- 10:53 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Bill King
Not a great week for Georgia Bulldogs fans, with the super media hype after the opening win over Clemson turning negative. Even Rolling Stone, which normally doesn’t cover sports, jumped on the pile, declaring Mark Richt the Charlie Brown of college football! So, let’s open this week’s fan talk on a couple of positive notes: Georgia plays football again Saturday in Athens (noon kickoff against the Trojans from, where else, Troy) and someone thinks UGA has the best home uniforms.
Now, let’s get to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. A lot of folks wrote in the past week [More]
- 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]
- 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]
- 12:49 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]
- 11:17 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Bill King
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]
- 11:59 am Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Bill King
Bulldogs reserve linebacker Davin Bellamy, a redshirt freshman, was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of DUI and speeding, which means Jordan Jenkins may not get quite as much relief as expected at outside linebacker during the Clemson and South Carolina games.
So, yet another off-season arrest for Mark Richt’s team, and I’m not sure what’s left to say about that other than I’ve given up trying to figure out why so many college players these days keep doing dumb things that they know are going to cost them playing time.
Anyway, let’s dive into some Junkyard Mail. …
Andrew in Charleston, [More]
- 10:58 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Bill King
A week ago today, my wife and daughter and I were standing in line outside 221B Baker Street on a cool, rainy London morning, waiting for the Sherlock Holmes Museum to open, when the couple standing in front of us turned around.
Apparently noticing the G on my baseball cap and my daughter’s red sweatshirt, the woman asked, “Where are y’all from?”
“Atlanta,” I replied, and she smiled. “We’re from Augusta. Go Dogs!”
Turned out they were also parents of a UGA grad and were over early for the British Open.
I don’t know what the odds are of us queuing up right [More]
Matthews dismissal shows Mark Richt’s challenge: Balancing need for talent, desire for discipline (UPDATED)
- 10:59 am Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by Bill King
There are no clear-cut answers to Georgia’s continuing attrition problem, as Tray Matthews’ dismissal marks the latest departure from Mark Richt’s team.
In the short term, the Dogs still have a loaded, talented offense and the defense looks to be strong up front, but I expect every opponent on the 2014 schedule to test the depleted secondary by throwing long and often.
Mostly due to his inability to come back from a nagging hamstring issue, Matthews never became the dominant defender he’d shown flashes of in his first spring in Athens and, in fact, lost his starting safety job late in the [More]