Howard, Williamson fired up about 20th season on UGA broadcasts

This will be the 20th season on Georgia’s radio broadcast team for both Scott Howard and Neil Williamson. In 1993, they joined the team as color analyst and pregame show co-host, respectively. Howard succeeded the legendary Larry Munson as play-by-play voice in 2008, and Williamson has maintained his spot alongside Loran Smith on the “Tailgate Show.”  On the cusp of their 20th season, which opens Saturday against Buffalo in Sanford Stadium, Howard and Williamson chatted with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about past and present. (Answers were edited for length.)

AJC: What, to you, is the most memorable moment in the past two decades of UGA football?

Howard: “I get asked that a lot. The one that always jumps out to me is the Tennessee game in 2001, the ‘Hobnail Boot’ game as it became known [because of Munson’s famous call of Georgia’s game-winning play: ‘We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their face.’] It was just one helluva moment –- not only for the football program and its new head coach but for our radio guy, for Larry, because he had to me a second Belue-to-Scott call. It was like for a new generation. And to be able to witness that firsthand and be a part of that was an amazing moment.”

Williamson: “And it was so cathartic for the Bulldog Nation. I’m in full agreement – that game and winning the SEC championship in 2002. One of the funny stories from that Tennessee game is Larry and I are walking to the bus together after the game, and Larry looks at me and goes, ‘I think I said something stupid.’ I was, like, ‘No, you sounded great.’ He said, ‘Are you sure I didn’t say anything stupid?’”

AJC: What’s your forecast for the 2012 team?

Howard: “I’m terrible at predictions, and no one can predict injuries and suspensions and all of that kind of stuff. But given the guys we have right now, I have a lot of confidence in them and a lot of confidence from listening to the coaches talk about what they have seen in the practices to this point. There are a couple of road blocks on the schedule but not too many, which I think certainly plays in our favor. I think the outlook is very good. I think this is a top 10 team at least. I like the prospect of two freshmen running backs making a name for themselves and being here for a while. The defense, I think, is going to be outstanding, even with the suspensions we know about and maybe some pending ones we don’t know at this point. Concerns? I guess offensive line is probably the biggest one.”

Williamson: “Fourteen and O, baby! I’ll tell you what excites me is 29 [Jarvis Jones] coming off the edge. They always talk about [David] Pollack’s motor. Same type of motor with the quickness and size that [Jones] has, that’s what excites me.”

AJC: What do you think Larry Munson would be saying about this team right now?

Howard: “’We’ve got no linemen. We’ve got no backs. There’s no experience.’ That kind of thing, on and on and on.”

Williamson: “‘You know what’s going to happen if we get late in the game and have to worry about one of these pups, one of these youngsters, one of these kickers, having to come through? We have no chance.’ And he’d just stop. ‘We have no chance.’”

Howard: “He would be worrying about everything.”

Williamson: “And that was not an act, folks. That was at dinner, sitting around the fireplace, riding home in the car. … What a joy for the two of us, though. We both went to Georgia. To be doing this for your own school for 20 years, what a dream come true.”

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thinkalittle

August 27th, 2012
2:03 pm

First. ON A ROLL. RIP Larry.

DGD!

August 27th, 2012
2:12 pm

Congrats guys! They both do a great job. GOOOOOOOOO DAWGS SIC EM

Lenny

August 27th, 2012
2:17 pm

This is blasphemy to some other Dawg fans, but I think Howard is doing a better job now that Munson was in his last 5 or 6 years. You could tell that his eyesight and other faculties just weren’t what they used to be. With Howard, you can be driving down the road and know exactly what’s going on and which players are executing which actions. I think Howard is fantastic!

Larry Munson was a legend and can never be replaced, but Scott Howard will be remembered as an exceptional play-by-play man in his own right. He’s much better than the goofuses calling UT and Bama games, I can tell you that.

Lenny

August 27th, 2012
2:18 pm

That first sentence was supposed to read, “…better job now THAN Munson…”

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
2:26 pm

I was born in 1983, so I haven’t experienced the national title firsthand, that would be nice…I can say though, the greatest memories of my childhood revolved around Saturday mornings listening to Larry and the gang with my grandfather. My grandfather has passed now, but I still listen to the radio, making memories with my son. I know one day he will look back on these Saturdays in the South with the same fondness I look back on my early years now. Thank you Larry, Thank you Scott, Thank you Loran, Thank you everyone for the greatest memories of my life!

Newman

August 27th, 2012
2:52 pm

Scott Howard is a pro’s pro.

shankit

August 27th, 2012
3:01 pm

Greatest complement for Larry:
Father and Son sitting in Den with HD Flat Screen TV on watching Ga. game,
with sound turned off of TV, and listening to Larry on the Radio.
There was a delay between the TV broadcast and Larry’s broadcast,
Father turns to Son and says “You know what this means, we can’t put up
with watching a play and then ten seconds later hear Larry call the play.”
Son says, “Okay Dad, we’ll just turn the TV off.”

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:06 pm

shankit, You are absolutely right! It was so much better listening to the broadcast than it was watching it! With Larry there, you could see the game in HD in your head. You were there. You could smell the sweat and hear the pads hitting! He was the Spirit of the Bulldogs! Scott Howard has done a wonderful job. I think he knows, he can’t be the next Larry, and has become Scott instead…and is another in a long line of EXCELENT UGA broadcasters! I would still rather listen to the radio than watch the TV

Joey Joe Joe Shabadoo Jr.

August 27th, 2012
3:12 pm

LOVE these guys! Go Dawgs!

Top Dawg

August 27th, 2012
3:14 pm

Scott and Hondo do an outstanding job! Its hard to replace Legends, but we are lucky to have them. Two DGD’s!

Brian

August 27th, 2012
3:31 pm

I am so glad we aren’t opening up against a top 10 team this season! We almost always suck in the opener. That being said, South Carolina will be a tough game and hopefully we won’t have anyone suspended at that point (much to Spurrier’s displeasure). I think we will win that game because of our defense and because we will be able to expolit South Carolina’s secondary and we will be able to force the Gamecocks to throw the ball thanks to our front seven. That being said, the line is a huge concern and we really don’t know how good they are going to be, at least early on in the season. My guess is we will beat Auburn and Georgia Tech again, but due to past history, there is no way we can just assume a win over Florida. They will play us hard again.

how2fish

August 27th, 2012
3:31 pm

True story I remember Hondo..way before he was Hondo as a student at UGA sitting in my bar and talking about how old fashioned Larry Munson was calling games..he later repented. I miss driving the roads around my hunting lease and listening to the games and Larry..great days. Hondo and Scott both do a great job and I hope they will continue for another 20 years..hey it could happen !

Tampa Gator

August 27th, 2012
3:33 pm

I met Williamson and his new bride (at the time) when my wife and I went on a 94Q adventure cruise……he was just starting out in the radio business and working for that station with the top guy in town at the time….can’t remember his name….but remember Williamson’s…..because he was a much nicer and friendlier person….same for his wife. I wonder if they are still married? Hope so.

Brian

August 27th, 2012
3:33 pm

Missouri definitely looks like it will be a tough game for Georgia, but if you have looked at their injury situations, they’ve already lost a starting offensive lineman and now another starter went down with an injury. I’m not sure of the severity, but blocking our front could be an issue for Missouri.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:38 pm

Brian, I agree 100 percent. I think they would have had problems anyway, because they aren’t use to having to block such a physical front, but now, they almost don’t have any chance to stop us from getting to the QB. I just hope no one gets hurt, on either side. You have to remember, these are just kids trying to get an education…or at least they should be…I hate it for anyone who gets hurt. FL, GT, AU…these are all included. May the best team win!

Brian

August 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

Dawg for Life, my main concern about that game is that they may try to neutralize our likely solid front seven with short quick passes and tear up the middle of the field similar to the way Kellen Moore attacked our defense last season. A lot of that may have had to do with Rambo not being there to cover the middle and he won’t be there this time, either. I hope our guys can defend against the short passing game.

old dog

August 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

O-LINE…………difference in us being good, and us being great.

Brian

August 27th, 2012
3:52 pm

Old dog, I agree. And also Murray taking care of the ball.

Bullseye

August 27th, 2012
3:56 pm

Before he attended UGA, Hondo was a superstar fry-guy at Red Lobster.
We gave him a hard time because was a Yankee at the time. He is a total Bulldog now and I enjoy his commentary. Good Luck this year.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:59 pm

LOL! Isn’t that amazing! Hondo, and Larry! Both Yanks! Proves it doesn’t matter where you come from, if you’re a DAWG, you’re a DAWG!!! We bleed RED and Black!

Old Dawg

August 27th, 2012
3:59 pm

There was a such a sense of energy and excitement to Munson’s work. It didn’t matter who UGA was playing or what the score was, he always made it seem like it was the most important play in the history of football.

The current crew is good, there just isn’t the same sense of excitement. So I don’t listen to the radio while watching TV like so many of us did in the past … which always drove my ex-wife crazy!

duckafawg

August 27th, 2012
4:01 pm

Neil Williamson…what a joke….who else refers to themselves in third person by their nickname?

greg

August 27th, 2012
4:03 pm

Damn! I miss The Munson!

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:03 pm

dawgafawk, go the hell away. This is to pay tribute to one of the greatest legends in commentary, and one of the greatest commentary crew in college football! You’re petty skankary isn’t wanted here.

fishook dawg

August 27th, 2012
4:04 pm

Who is this Lenny guy…Scott Howard’s brother. Scott Howard is better than Larry was his last few years??? Are you really listening to the radio. Howard tells us a pass is complete & 10 seconds later it’s incomplete. Better than Eli Gold at Alabama, are you kidding me.

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crusherdawg

August 27th, 2012
4:08 pm

Boring to listen too. I’ve been a Dawg fan for life and now I refuse to listen to the radio broadcast. Sad!!!

duckafawg

August 27th, 2012
4:11 pm

>dawg for life…hahahahahahahahaha…i suggest you try that some new technology like streaming audio…it’s been around a while but this is news to you I’m sure…and listen to other broadcasts around the country…just like the expectations for your mutts EVERY year… “NC this year”…your broadcast team is no better than most….but of course I wouldn’t expect perspective on your part

Brian

August 27th, 2012
4:12 pm

I like the current radio team. Of course I preferred Munson, but the guys we’ve got are good too. I prefer watching the games on TV anyways.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:16 pm

Got news for you duckafawg bitch, when I was in the USMC, quite often I was in areas where I couldn’t stream my team, so yes, I am well aware of streaming, however it’s obvious you are unaware of how to be an sensable f*ck!

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:16 pm

a sensable f*ck. sometimes I hate my keyboard

Brian

August 27th, 2012
4:17 pm

Injury update: Starting offensive lineman Jack Meiners for Missouri out a “minimum” of two weeks according to his head coach.
A starting cornerback and a starting safety for Missouri are both doubtful for their opener, though maybe a week off before Georgia will be enough for them to take the field against the Dawgs.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:18 pm

Who is your team anyway moron? I bet they have a losing record against UGA

Brian

August 27th, 2012
4:19 pm

Missouri had already lost a project starter on the o-line in Travis Ruth as well as one of their top backups.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:19 pm

@ Brian, I hope they do get better. Don’t want any excuses when we beat them.

duckafawg

August 27th, 2012
4:21 pm

it’s just too easy to get mutt fans pissed at the smallest, insignificant thing….thanks for taking the bait

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:22 pm

do the world a favor and go jump off a building idiot. Make it a good high one. Make your mama proud

ARdawg

August 27th, 2012
4:27 pm

Thank Gawd technology has made great strides since the days of Larry Munson. I remember listening to him because there was no other options. It didn’t matter I appreciated him then and do much more now. I did the routine of listening to Larry and watching it on the tube. The delay didn’t mean anything. We could see the game through Munson’s voice.

Nowadays, I have options and if I am listening to Bulldog radio it is because I have no other options. I don’t think I’ve heard Scott and Neil more than 2-3 times. Thankfully, that was on satelite radio. Most games these days are on the big screen or I am in the stands

Pj

August 27th, 2012
4:36 pm

I’ve worked in radio for 12 years and the whole crew is top notch. One very small suggestion, when scott calls a big play he eats the microphone when he yells. He’s probably responsible for more than a few car speakers being blown. Munson would cock back a little when he screamed.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:43 pm

Pj, was that why the chair broke under Munson when he made the Lindsay Scott call? Unfortunately, I wasn’t alive when it happened, but I have listened to that call many, many, many times!

AthDog

August 27th, 2012
4:45 pm

I’d take Mr Munson cigars from around the world, gotten on my business travels. First thing he’d say after I asked him how he was doing, was ‘we are gonna have a hard time protecting the quarterback’ or ‘ we’re not gonna be able to stop anybody’. Then after,hashing that out, he’d ask about some movie or another, the football problems set aside temporarily. Truly broke the mold with Mr Munse.

Maddawg

August 27th, 2012
4:47 pm

LInk to an article in the Columbia, MO newspaper below. Their new freshman slot receiver, 6′ 6″ is having success taking short passes over the middle and extending them. Sounds like our A.J. As a previous poster said, quick-hitting passes very well may be how they counter-act our rush with their depleted O-line.

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2012/aug/26/dgb-is-getting-up-to-speed/?tigerextra

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:48 pm

Greatest broadcaster ever AthDog!

mad~catfish

August 27th, 2012
4:51 pm

well i do miss ole’ munson very much too. and i do admit i get a little sqemish sometimes when i here scott howard get all jacked up on a call. he sometiems sounds like a 15 year old girl that just got asked to the prom…does the 2007 stafford to mikey henderson overtime touchdown ring a bell. but i am very proud of these guys and there loyalty to the university. i can say they love the dawgs every bit as much as we do, if not more somehow and i would much rater have scott and the legend eric zeier in there calling plays than some generic nobody from up north who even those its florida in jacksonville oh well its just another game and a pay check to them. bring to mind any body been watching the falcons pre season games… that charles davis or whatever his name is oh my god he is horrible.. he is the same guy that use to be with fox and during the sugar bowl against hawaii he called us the florida gators like 6 times. so just be glad we don’t have that.

mad~catfish

August 27th, 2012
4:57 pm

also one other thing i wanted to ask the dawg nation. back in the day when i was growing up ( im 35 now ) i remember there use to be buuldawg clubs and they would meet and have dinner and discuss the dawgs and the other bums in the sec and plots to assassinate spurrier. does that ever happen anymore or know anywhere it does… i wouldn’t mind meeting with some guys say on thursday nights at like buffalo wild wings or hooters or something…watch the thurs night game and talk a little football. any ideas… i guess the main reason i ask is we just move over to the westside of town Hiram / dallas area. im originally from fairburn, and dont’t know alot of people over here. idk just a thought

Brian

August 27th, 2012
5:03 pm

“LInk to an article in the Columbia, MO newspaper below. Their new freshman slot receiver, 6′ 6″ is having success taking short passes over the middle and extending them. Sounds like our A.J. As a previous poster said, quick-hitting passes very well may be how they counter-act our rush with their depleted O-line.”

That’s their best chance of winning in my opinion, besides trick plays. I hope our guys are preparing for that in practice. If there’s anyways we could put Josh Harvey Clemons, who’s 6′5, on their freshman receiver we should… at least near the goal-line.

Brian

August 27th, 2012
5:03 pm

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
5:12 pm

If you only have one offensive threat in league, you are in for a world of hurt. Good defensive teams will take away one or two strengths. You have to have at least three threats to be successful in the SEC. One for the run, and two for the pass. Otherwise the defense will load up and take your threat away, then take you out.

markedawg

August 27th, 2012
5:15 pm

The broadcasters, Scott, Eric, Neill and the rest do a great job, and replacing the great Larry Munson isn’t easy. I wish that the radio broadcast could be synchronized to the TV broadcast.

I like to listen to Scott and watch the action on TV, but the radio is several seconds ahead of the video. I bet their radio ratings would improve if they did this, and I’m not the only one that would like to see this happen.

mad~catfish

August 27th, 2012
5:28 pm

markedawg… pull out your labtop and google uga football broadcast on i-tune radio…it will give you several radio station feeds..the internet broadcast is delayed and is just about spot on with tv..well comcast cable anyways… only a few work i usually listen to one in blackshear….i have a plug that one end is speaker head phone jack in / out to red/white rca’s plug that in to your big stereo to run through the big speakers works great for us. a litlle planning and quite a pain to go through but i refuse to listen to some woman espn analyst call football games.