Fan talk: Quayvon fever, Georgia’s ‘3-4 Punch,’ Bulldog logos and more!

mean greenAfter a week off, the Bulldogs will be back in action Saturday as a Conference USA team named after the star of the most memorable Coca-Cola commercial comes to Athens, primarily to earn a $975,000 paycheck but also no doubt with dreams of pulling off the sort of shocker upset that Akron nearly got last week against Michigan.

Mark Richt has, you can be sure, reminded the Dawgs that they can’t get caught looking ahead to next week’s game with LSU. Still, the betting line on the game has Georgia favored by 32.5 points over the North Texas Mean Green and — barring key injuries, a spate of turnovers and a complete lack of focus on the part of the team in red — that sounds about right.

Saturday’s 12:21 p.m. kickoff may well take place under rainy skies, so breaking out the ponchos on the way to the stadium sounds like a good idea. Dawg Walk is set for 10:30 a.m.

The athletic association wants fans reminded that it’s now scanning tickets as you enter the gate, so those who wait until the last minute might wind up standing a while in line — though probably not as long as at the South Carolina game since indications are a lot of folks are planning on skipping the trip to Athens and watching this one on SEC TV. While the new Young Alumni program filled in those pesky empty gaps in the upper section for the game against the Gamecocks, I wouldn’t be surprised to see quite a few empty seats this week. Probably not the week for Butts-Mehre to consider releasing an actual head count of tickets scanned at the gate.

Oh, and don’t forget the new bottomless souvenir drink and popcorn bucket program! (he said with mock excitement). Well, at least with it being a lesser game against a nonconference opponent it won’t matter quite as much if you miss an entire quarter of football waiting in line at a concession stand this week.

The pre-game festivities will include the induction of football legend Pat Dye, gymnast Lori Strong and tennis player Marissa Catlin into UGA’s Circle of Honor.

Pat Dye and brother Nat during their Bulldog playing days. (UGA)

Pat Dye and brother Nat during their Bulldog playing days. (UGA)

While Dye is now best known as the former head football coach and athletic director at Auburn, he’s apparently still a Bulldog at heart. I’ve always figured that whole bit about Georgia not being “man enough” to beat Bama in 2002 was aimed more at challenging the Dawgs than belittling them. After all, back when the centennial of the first Georgia-Auburn game was feted at a ceremony in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, Dye even recited the old rhyme about being “Bulldog born and Bulldog bred and when I die I’ll be Bulldog dead.”

Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.

Now, let’s get to some Junkyard Mail …

I’ve heard a lot of chatter from fans about the emergence of Quayvon Hicks as an offensive threat, and the fullback was on the minds of several readers this week. Harold Hale writes: Bill, I’ve pretty much concluded that the reason the Georgia defense always acts like it’s never seen the wheel route before (happened again in the South Carolina game) is because they hardly ever see it in practice since Mike Bobo’s offense rarely runs it. But with a fullback like Quayvon Hicks in the backfield, I’m wondering if that might change — at least, I hope it does. What do you think?

And Matt McGahee writes: Hey Bill, I saw this awesome post where a guy had put the music to “Levon” by Elton John to new lyrics for our fullback Quayvon Hicks. You should definitely check this out. I think if the Redcoat band would play the chorus of this song anytime Quayvon has a big play, it would be awesome. Is this a suggestion you could pass along? What do you think?

Fullback Quayvon Hicks has fans excited. (Associated Press)

Fullback Quayvon Hicks has fans excited. (Associated Press)

Sporting a 9.43 yards-per-carry average and with two catches for 61 yards in the first couple of games, Hicks has excited the fan base considerably by returning the fullback position to its status as a weapon in Georgia’s offense rather than just a blocker, as it was most of the time in recent seasons. He may well prove to be the Bulldogs’ most dangerous fullback since Verron Haynes. And I agree that since Hicks has proved he also can catch the ball that it seems like a good time for Bobo to rediscover the wheel route. Like you said, maybe seeing it in practice would help Todd Grantham’s troops recognize it when opponents use it. As for Matt’s idea, it’s a bit of a stretch, but I can see how the similarity between the names Quayvon and Levon might strike some fans. Still, I’m not sure how well that particular Elton John song would work in a football game setting. It’s not exactly cut from the same cloth as the pre-game “Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting)” and, in fact, is a rather downcast ballad. But more to the point, the speed of the game basically precludes the Redcoats playing even a snatch of a tune like that for a play by a particular Bulldog. This isn’t baseball, where players have theme songs played over the PA as they approach the plate to bat. Maybe if someone records a version of the tune with “Quayvon” lyrics it might get played at least in part on UGA radio broadcasts, but that’s about all the future I can see in that idea.

Mark Tillman writes: First off, thanks for keeping the Dawg beat exciting and informative. I read your Blawg daily all the way out here sunny in Los Angeles — grew up in Metro ATL and attended games at Sanford Stadium since I was a lad in the ’80s. I digress … seems both [Keith] Marshall and [Todd] Gurley want to separate themselves from the “Gurshall” moniker. Understood — they’re pioneering their own legacy. So I have a new term of endearment for Tailback U’s next wave: “The 3-4 Punch.” I think Dawg Nation might rally around it. It’s a nod to the running backs’ prowess as a tandem, not to mention their consecutive jersey numbers, and a play on the ol’ “1-2 punch” saying in boxing — tenacity, toughness, speed, agility, versatity that knocks out the stoutest of D’s.

I can see sportswriters warming up to such wordplay more than fans in general, but basically I think now that they’re past their freshman year and have established themselves as individual offensive threats, there’s really no longer any need for a cute nickname. The phrase “Gurley and Marshall” alone will set opposing defensive coordinators to fretting!

UGA logosKen in Houston writes: Bill, What is the full story behind the Bulldawg logo change? I was in Athens for the USC game and got my first glimpse of the picture on hats and shirts. Am I the only one who thinks this new rendition is hideous? It’s Uga with a Fu Manchu mustache. The old bulldawg was perfection, now we have an artistic disaster!

You’re certainly not alone among fans in dismissing the new logo as inferior to the traditional Bulldog. But don’t be too concerned. The new one is considered the “secondary” logo while the “power G” is the “primary” logo, according to the UGA Athletic Association. As for the genesis of the new logo, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that, as with almost anything hideous-looking in college football these days, Nike had a hand in it. It’s part of an athletic “brand identity system” developed in “close consultation” with Nike that also includes the new rounded numbers worn on jerseys in all sports. UGA says the iconic “G” logo “is the primary representation of the brand and is used as the main identifying device for athletics” while the secondary logo reflects characteristics of the bulldog as ferocious. Or something like that. Thankfully, the more traditional representations of the Georgia Bulldog remain available for licensing — and when I checked the clothing section at the UGA Bookstore last month I saw a lot more of them than I did the new one.

Go Dogs!

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64 comments Add your comment

JaxDawg05

September 20th, 2013
9:20 am

Completely agree with Ken in Houston. I just received my UGA checks from the bank and now the “Fu Manchu” Bulldog has replaced the traditional secondary logo because of licensing agreements. Thanks NIKE.

HistoryofMatt

September 20th, 2013
9:22 am

I’m sorry, but I actually prefer the new Bulldog logo to the older logo with the dog wearing a hat.

Any animal wearing a hat, whether it’s Uga or the old Miami Dolphin logo, is just utterly stupid.

Animals don’t wear hats.

I like the simplicity of the new logo. It’s bold, easily identifiable, symmetrical (which is a bigger issue than most of y’all realize), and it’s not overly busy with lines and intricate detail like the old logo… and again, the dog isn’t wearing a hat!

I like the new numbers, too. For the most part. I think they’re a little too big. Shrink them on the uniform maybe about 10% and they’d be perfect.

What I don’t like is that hideous Nike “flex” collar that looks like a fashion reject idea from the 70’s.

It’s so big and ugly, when matched with the slightly too-big numbers, the big SEC patch on the right chest and the Nike Swoosh on the left chest, it creates to… MUCH… just a too busy look to the front of the uniform.

Slightly shrink the numbers and get rid of the ugly, big black (or red for the away unis) disco collars, and the new uniforms will be perfect.

Well… and bring back the shiny silver britches and ditch the Suckeyes-wannabe grey pants. But that will be happening next year (it’s been confirmed!!!), so until then.

Quayvon Hicks

September 20th, 2013
9:27 am

Quayvon Hicks is a physical beast. We haven’t had a big bruising FB like him in quite some time. He’s a bruising FB but can also carry the ball and catch it. He just looks intimidating and when you are facing a very physical defense (i.e. LSU, Alabama, Florida, etc) you have to have a physical presence back there at FB and RB to set the tone vs. the defense and with Gurley and Hicks and our physical O-line I believe we have that to go toe to toe with LSU next week in Athens. Go Dawgs!

GDawg

September 20th, 2013
9:53 am

@HistoryofMatt You are wrong the new logo looks childish and commercial just stick with the old bulldawg with a hat just like you keep the original G.

HistoryofMatt

September 20th, 2013
9:57 am

GDawg… that’s the thing about opinions: I’m NOT wrong. But neither are you. We’re both right, in that what we believe is right for our own individual selves.

You like a stupid dog with a hat. I don’t. To you it’s not stupid. To me it is. Tomato. Tomahto.

If this is too difficult a concept for you to understand, I suggest you find a way to deposit your own head arrears.

Thanks.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

September 20th, 2013
10:07 am

The new bulldog logo looks awful just like those awful uniforms against Boise

Bulldawg35

September 20th, 2013
10:24 am

I bet y’all that the north Texas RB will have a 100 yards rushing! It’s a Grantham tradition to allow the opposing RB’s to get 100 yards!

Bulldawg35

September 20th, 2013
10:25 am

I don’t like the new bulldog logo. But I do like the new jerseys though!

Buzz-off

September 20th, 2013
10:27 am

Bill,

I mentioned on a different blog that according to the recent “USA Today top 125″…..North Texas is ranked #80. That may not strike fear in anyone’s heart, but it places them ahead of teams like: Purdue, Syracuse, Kentucky and Pitt. North Texas is ranked higher than any of Ohio State’s first 4 opponents and higher than Elon and Duke (GT’s opponents). My bet is they give us a tough game for at least the first half before we wake-up……and it could get interesting if the fans stay away and the field gets sloppy from all the rain. Go DAWGS.

James K. Polk

September 20th, 2013
10:27 am

Mark Richt and Nike will not be happy until they’ve completely Oregon-ed us out. We’ll be wearing chrome before you know it.

Dawgdude

September 20th, 2013
10:31 am

History of Matt – Disagree with you about the Bulldog logo, but in total agreement about the Nike collars. They’re horrendous and I’m adamantly against a big corporation like Nike encroaching on our look. I personally think the Herschel Walker-era uniform is the classic template Georgia should always emulate. And if you recall, there was no black collar at all on that jersey. Straight up red. Nor was there black outlining around the white numbers. I don’t mind the red collar on the away jersey. I can live with the new-style numbers, but not sure we needed? It’s irritating to me that our athletic department doesn’t have a firmer hand in dealing with these Nike suggestions.

Bulldawg35

September 20th, 2013
10:42 am

We can’t stop anybody……just damn…..north Texas will score 21-28 points….sad but true

Bulldawg35

September 20th, 2013
10:50 am

Keep calm and Quayvon! Can he play defense too? We need some help on D! Dang it!

bham dawg

September 20th, 2013
11:07 am

Hoping Murray and Gurley can sit out the 2nd half. Really interested in seeing jj green and brendan douglas get some carries. Also excited to see reggie carter and tim kimbrough at mlb. Shaq Wiggins should be fun to watch too.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 20th, 2013
11:10 am

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) – Lay off the “duds” and think positive little buddy! Have no fear……. Flo-Ri-Duh is here! Dawgs win – don’t sweat it.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 20th, 2013
11:19 am

How ’bout Quayvon, Gurley and Marshall in the triple option!

Sterling Bailey (DE) is going to be a star… just getting started & 20 tackles already. Interested in watching Chris Mayes (DT) 335 lbs play in his 1st game as a Dawg.

Also going to watch Aubarn/Bungles game – LSU should win by 3 TD’s if they are so great. Aubarn’s “D” is a disaster and they are starting a new QB and a new system under new head coach.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 20th, 2013
11:23 am

Thoughts to ponder. What if A&M hadn’t sat out 6 starters on their defense with a suspension the weeks going up to the Bama game. They looked very disorganized since they had not played together this year. Similar to UGA starting so many new guys in their 1st game against a top 10 opponent.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

September 20th, 2013
11:26 am

Flo-Ri-Duh

Texas is the premier job in college football???????

Wow thats news to me.

Lets see now

Alabama has the most national titles of any school in Div I;
the most bowl wins of any Div I program;
and the most conference championships in the best conference the last 60 years.
and according to Business insider is #3 in college football programs making the most money

Please explain to me how Texas is a better job than Bama; cant wait for this response

Desert Fox

September 20th, 2013
11:39 am

Dawgs will win and look good doing it especially on offense. don’t expect any miracles on D and early on they’ll be challenged by a credible NT offense. they’ll give up yards but not as glaringly as in their first 2 games. if dawgs aren’t bit by the letdown bug over big win vs SC or caught looking ahead to LSU it should be by mid 3rd qtr when subs get their shot at playing which should be fun to watch if not boring. at least I hope it goes that way.

I-DOG

September 20th, 2013
11:53 am

buzz off,

You are exactly right, while North Texas is a much weaker opponent than LSU, Clemson, and South Carolina, it is still ranked about the same or even higher than some name brand school’s this year.

Ohio State’s schedule is a complete joke. I would go so far as to say they are 0-0 and their season has yet to even start. You are right that even Cal (OSU’s signature win to date) is ranked below the one cupcake on UGA’s schedule through 4 games.

OSU’s opponents this year are ranked on average in the 60’s. The sixties!! On average the teams that the Buckeye’s face this season are ranked 60 something depending on the poll. That includes having Northwestern ranked about #22 and while I am rooting for NWern to have a good season, they haven’t played anybody either and I don’t think they will be ranked in the top 30 at the end of the season.

Basically, OSU will be a 10 to 40 point favorite in every game until they play Michigan and while I also like the Wolverines, I don’t think they are a top 15 team.

There are just too many bad college football games and the solution is to go to four 16 team conferences with an 8 team playoff at the end of the season. Each team would play 11 games plus a conference championship game for each division. Of the 11 regular season games, 8 would be conference games, one would be a cupcake against a non top 64/non division 1 type team, and the other two games would be non conference home and away series set at random by the ruling body for college football (The 64 teams from the 4 conferences would of course secede from the NCAA).

That is the ideal college football situation and would eliminate the 2, 3, and in some cases even 4 cupcakes that the top 25 teams seem to play each year. It would still keep the regular season of college football the MOST exciting of any of the college or pro sport REGULAR seasons, it would settle the national title on the field and be incredibly exciting with an 8 team playoff, and it would properly vet the ultimate national champion. There would be little doubt who the best team is after such a vetting process.

Ohio State can be the national champions this year by beating a decent Michigan team and then winning the national title game against a good opponent. Obviously, OSU has a good team, but really only need to win one game against a top 10 opponent (the national title game) to win it all. That makes no sense and is an abomination to the best sport in the land, college football!

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

September 20th, 2013
12:08 pm

Ohio St should be a national champion almost every year. They play in a conference with only one half decent team

NCDawg

September 20th, 2013
12:09 pm

Logo issues? Meh… It’s not hideous but it isn’t quite up to the old logo either.

No OC has EVERY play in their playbooks folks. The wheel roue is a good route and like most good plays it works when it is executed well. Our guys are young and they probably are slow to recognize the play. Spiff happens. You’d think an experienced, well coached defense like SC’s wouldn’t let a guy sneak wide open behind them either.

In a Pro style offense the fullback is a pretty important piece because it is not designed to be just a blocking back. We have had almost exclusively blocking backs for a while now. When they gave the ball to Zander last year I about had a heart attack. Q is a major weapon and defenses have to account for him in a big way. I hope to see some fake dive and pitch to Gurley or Marshall. That would be sssswwwweeeeettt. Throwing it to him on the goal line (ala Haynes) would be great to.

NCDawg

September 20th, 2013
12:29 pm

If it’s a muddy track then I’d just pound’em with Hicks and Douglass until they roll over. Gurley might be a pretty good mudder… he has great balance and stays under control when he makes cuts. If the weather is crappy… just pound ‘em and occasionally chuck it to a wide open receiver. We outweigh them 50 lbs / man on both lines… a steady dose of Gurley for a quarter mixed in with some Q followed by some more Q and Douglass would eventually yield some pretty decent rushing yardage. But that is plan B. I’d still prefer to keep them guessing. You can still pass if the rain isn’t too bad. And sometimes those turn out to be big games throwing it because the receiver knows where he is going and the DB is just trying to keep their footing.

I’d be surprised if they are hung over. Looking ahead? Maybe… but I think these guys are just seeing a chance to play again. And yeah, hopefully rack up some video game like numbers. But I think they understand that won’t happen in only 1/2 of a game so they should be ready to go from the start.

Lenny

September 20th, 2013
1:08 pm

@HistoryofMatt – you’re entitled to your opinion, but it’s a lousy opinion.

The old bulldog with the hat is our tradition, our identity. He’s tough, he’s snarling, he’s grizzled and worn and loaded for bear. The old logo was something reminiscent of Erk Russell. The new one looks like a gorilla or something. If you prefer that logo it says more about you than the logo itself.
No offense.

Bulldawg35

September 20th, 2013
1:36 pm

I could care less about the logo….I just want a defense that can stop somebody!!!!

Smartt Dawg

September 20th, 2013
1:49 pm

I can’t say that I love the new logo but, for me, it is better than the old one.

rphdawg

September 20th, 2013
2:19 pm

Speaking of options, how about Hutson Mason, Qayvon Hicks,and Todd Gurley running a triple opton???

dawgfan

September 20th, 2013
2:24 pm

I’d be all for a fairy princess riding a pink unicorn as our logo if it meant we could beat good teams more than once in a blue moon and win a championship. I could give a crap about the stupid logo right now. That’s the sort of thing you worry about when you don’t have anything else to worry about. We’ve got plenty to worry about right now, such as a defense that is giving up more than 30 ppg..

As John McEnroe would say, you cannot be serious? The logo? Good grief I can not think of anything that I could care less about.

Thanks.

Bill King

September 20th, 2013
2:37 pm

Lighten up, Francis.

NCDawg

September 20th, 2013
2:37 pm

rphdawg
September 20th, 2013
2:19 pm

I think Faton Bauta would be a better option QB from what I understand… and Christian Lemay has some wheels as well.

NCDawg

September 20th, 2013
2:44 pm

Dawgfan – LOL. How much of your manhood is invested in the success of 85 or so 18-22 year old young men? Seriously! You need help dude… you are way too obsessed with “winning a National Championship”. How about taking a chill pill and getting some balance in your life. .

Not that I wouldn’t expect that by now… but just damn…

ARdawg

September 20th, 2013
3:05 pm

NCDawg
I’m think a high fiber diet might improve dawgfan’s disposition substantially

Skokie Dog

September 20th, 2013
3:19 pm

NCDawg wrote, “The wheel roue is a good route and like most good plays it works when it is executed well.” U.Ga.’s opponents must have been executing the heck out of that play for the past five years. It has been at least THAT LONG since the ‘Dogs have been able to stop it with any regularity. No logo will make any difference in this case.

Glory

September 20th, 2013
3:24 pm

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga. ,

What school was number 2 in that list?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

September 20th, 2013
4:40 pm

Glory

Michigan was #2

UGA dropped to #5

NCDawg

September 20th, 2013
4:41 pm

Skokie – looks like there are a bunch of passes Bama has trouble defensing as well. Just more opportunity to complain… never fails

NCDawg

September 20th, 2013
4:45 pm

No amount of fiber or ex-lax is going to expel that amount of negativity.

dawgfan

September 20th, 2013
4:53 pm

If you think this is bad you should see me during the games. Keep your belongings in a secure location because they will be thrown or destroyed if within arms reach.

ARdawg

September 20th, 2013
8:26 pm

I’m thinking the ole boy is a bit stoved up.

Skokie Dog

September 20th, 2013
10:04 pm

Surely, no one who has followed U.Ga. football during this century is going to claim that the defense has been effective in covering the wheel route in the past five seasons. Call it negative if it makes you feel better about the defense. And just hope that opponents’ offensive coordinators don’t notice the weakness.
And this isn’t a blog about the Crimson Tide, although I know that there are some folks on here often who lose track of that. I’m not concerned about their defense’s shortcomings.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 21st, 2013
12:06 am

Ohio State should win the National Championship every year. Flat Tire – I think you meant they should be undefeated in their regular schedule since they don’t play anyone. It’s an absolute fact that Ohio State has NEVER beaten a SEC team! They are like Notre Dame – when they play a real team they lose.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 21st, 2013
12:08 am

Go Dawgs – Crush the Mean Green!

Creativity Dawg

September 21st, 2013
12:44 am

Murray may go down as best in
history!

Creativity Dawg

September 21st, 2013
12:50 am

FLO: This is 2013 OSU! ur boy, URBANS was smart..He”ll be in it vs Tide!

Creativity Dawg

September 21st, 2013
12:54 am

2;44rpm …NCDawg..A Richt fan happy w/ 9 wins and no TITLES!!! LMFAO!

Eddie...Lee...and..Ivory...

September 21st, 2013
12:59 am

Jackets need a good win today vs NC! Hope Dawggies and Fellcons can win as well

FGD135

September 21st, 2013
7:07 am

Are all of Richt’s freshmen players passing their remedial studies? There were rumors that some of them were flunking the ABCs 101 course.

DawgByte

September 21st, 2013
9:32 am

I want to see Murray throw a bomb to Reggie Davis! I also want to see Brendan Douglas crush linebackers and DB’s as he rumbles into the end zone!

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 21st, 2013
9:34 am

Creativity Dawg (12:54 a.m.) – Urban ain’t my boy – he’s a back stabbing skank. Us that clear enough for you?

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 21st, 2013
9:37 am

FGD135 (7:07 a.m.) – It’s a rumor and you a TROLL !