For the first time since last Thursday, UGA hit the practice fields in Athens. And unless you’re here by complete accident, you know that a lot has happened since the last time they worked on fundamentals and trying new things in the playbook. After a Hesiman Trophy worthy performance from running back Todd Gurley and a lights-out second half from the Bulldog defense, the mood is one of optimism around here as opposed to the month-long “nobody knows.” And Bulldawg Illustrated was there on Tuesday afternoon to bring you any news of note as they boys endure a bye week to regroup before being tested on the road in two weeks at South Carolina.
Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley and senior inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera have been awarded Southeastern Conference Players of the Week following the Bulldogs’ 45-21 win over #16 Clemson, according to a league announcement on Monday
The weekend is over, but the high that so many fans of the University of Georgia football program received after finally winning a big home opener is likely all but worn off. So while you sit back in your offices, cubicles, classrooms or homes as you embark back into the real world, re-live one of the greatest days to be a fan in Athens in nearly a year with what I considered my top-75 photos from Saturday’s big 45-21 Georgia win over Clemson, as seen by me, Logan Booker.
The big game is over. The long weekend has officially ended and the thousands of extra heads in Athens who came and partied for about 12 hours before the game and about 2 days afterwards have left. Normalcy has returned to the University of Georgia campus, albeit with a bit of a buzz in the air as the nation has joined UGA fans in being high on their program. So now that it’s all been digested, let me break down the ten biggest takeaways as noted from the sidelines after finally seeing what was the most mysterious team (UGA) in college football play:
Matt Hinton (Grantland) describing the Todd Gurley performance and presence:
Georgia’s 45-21 run-away win over Clemson on Saturday was a strong opening statement for a season with loads of potential. It was, at least based on preseason rankings and expectations, a high-quality win — against a bitter non-conference rival, no less, which will look very good on a UGA resume come November.
Conducting his first media teleconference of the new football season Sunday night, Georgia coach Richt said he wouldn’t exactly call the Bulldogs’ second-half performance in the 45-21 smashing of Clemson Saturday a “turnaround.”
Welcome back, Tailback U! In a 45-21 rout of the Clemson Tigers, it looked like 1985 all over again with Georgia running backs taking the toss sweep and just running over and past people. Dabo Swinney made a comment about how dominant the Georgia offense was after we ran the toss for the umpteenth time in his presser. The toss looks like an easy play to execute. Everyone who runs a pro-style offense has it in their playbook, but it requires precise coordination of the entire team. Last night was the textbook for a coaching clinic on how to execute the toss. Let’s get to the rundown.
Kevin Butler, former University of Georgia legendary kicker and a member of the Georgia radio broadcast team, will each week during the 2014 football season select his offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week for Bulldawg Illustrated. Here are Butler’s selections and reasons why for the Bulldogs’ 45-21 season-opening win over Clemson Aug. 30.