- 11:04 pm Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Bill King
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]
- 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]
- 11:05 am Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Bill King
Ah, Athens in August.
With school not yet in session and no classes to schedule around, Mark Richt and his staff have been moving right along with preseason camp, including starting two-a-days. And that’s meant …. Isaiah McKenzie turning heads with his open-field moves … Richt providing a little Dawg porn when he has the team run quick three-on-three Oklahoma drills with the media (and their camera phones) watching while Todd Gurley goes airborne (in practice!) … the daily media injury watch to see who limped off the field, who’s in what color jersey, who didn’t dress out and whether Hutson [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]
- 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]
- 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]