When a quarterback the caliber of Aaron Murray leaves, the next man up has one heck of a hard act to follow. But make no mistake, Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Hutson Mason is up to the task, and can lead this team to their ultimate goals.
Mason may not be another Murray or Matthew Stafford, but he’s got a winner’s attitude, and a wealth of knowledge after playing understudy to Murray for the better part of four seasons.
The 6-foot-3 Mason appeared in five games for Georgia last season, including the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, and looked very impressive in Georgia’s spring game.
Speaking with the media via BleacherReport.com, Mason made a statement that impressed head coach Mark Richt when he said “You know, I can’t really break any records, but the one thing I can do is win a championship.’
A knock on Murray? Absolutely not. But it shows the kind of attitude that Mason brings to this Georgia team. It’s not about personal records or how much face time he gets on television highlight shows, but about leading his team to wins and to a championship – something his predecessor was unable to accomplish.
When you watch him play, he has all the throws, including one of the prettiest back shoulder fade passes you will see (something he undoubtedly learned well from Murray). His release is quick, and his decision making continues to get better.
Best of all, as evidenced in the 2013 regular season finale against Georgia Tech, he doesn’t quit. Mason doesn’t think there is any lead that can’t be overcome, or any defense whose weaknesses can’t be found.
Mason will also have a full compliment of offensive weapons at his disposal, and knows how to utilize every one of them. Barring another unreal rash of injuries (pounding on wood) like Georgia experienced last season, Mason will find lots of places to distribute the ball.
Richt commented on Mason’s surrounding cast.
He has a veteran receiving corps and those guys really understand the system. They’re good route-runners. They’re strong ball-catchers. Mason’s going to have some running backs who are just…tremendous.
In short, if you had any concerns that there would be a big fall-off at the quarterback position without Murray, you can rest easy. Because Hutson Mason has what he needs — both inside himself and surrounding him on the field — to lead the Bulldogs to a ring, and even to a College Football Playoff appearance.
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