When Cole Marcoux fired a 50-yard strike to Ivan McCartney for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, nobody was happier about it than Marietta’s Hutson Mason.
Mason was in San Antonio this past week with Marcoux and the six other quarterbacks that competed in the made-for-TV documentary “The Ride.” As the winner of that competition, Marcoux was able to suit up for the East team and play in the U.S. Army game, the oldest and most prestigious of the national all-star contests. Mason and the other “cast members” from the television series were also there Wednesday through Sunday to shoot a reunion show, which will air next Tuesday, Jan. 19, on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).
Marcoux, a senior from The Bronx, N.Y., made the most of his opportunity. He completed 5-of-8 passes for 99 yards with two laser-like touchdown throws in the fourth quarter. He looked better than all of the other quarterbacks playing in the game, all of whom have accepted scholarship offers to BCS schools.
“I was really happy for Cole,” said Mason, a UGA commitment who set the Georgia record for passing yards (5,460) and TDs (54) his senior season at Lassiter. “He took his opportunity and did what most people might have had a meltdown trying to do.”
Mason said the U.S. Army All-Americans weren’t very accepting of the Marcoux, whose only offer ’til then had been from Dartmouth, which does not extend football scholarships.
“What most people don’t know is that those guys were giving Cole a hard time out there,” Mason revealed. “They were, like, ‘we’re out here because we’re Army All-Americans and Cole is out here because he was on a reality TV show.’ Going through the week he was getting a hard time from those guys. They were giving him the cold shoulder.
“So for Cole to go out there and play like he did, that’s awesome for him. I hope the best for him. I hope he gets a school close to home he can play at. I think what it shows is that all these people can list you at whatever, Rivals can list you at whatever, Scout can list you at whatever, but all that doesn’t mean jack on the end. It was a great point for Cole to prove. Cole proved he can play with those guys and proved all those other people wrong.”
Marcoux’s performance was the highlight of an enjoyable week in San Antonio for Mason and his fellow contestants. They were followed around by a film crew gathering footage for next week’s finale.
“We went a couple of places for fun and they followed us around,” Mason said. “We did one interview and they asked me a bunch of questions and I was wearing my all my Georgia stuff .They’ll go back and make cuts and make it into a TV show. It’ll be interesting to see what they put on there.”
Mason said he made a point to wear Georgia gear the whole time he was in San Antonio and he talked up the Bulldogs whenever he got a chance. After going into the season without a BCS scholarship offer, Mason ended up with a half-dozen and accepted the one from Georgia shortly before Christmas.
“I was out there doing my recruiting,” Mason said. “Christian Green, him and Jeff Whitaker, I saw them a lot and talked to them a lot about Georgia. Christian Green was actually on my plane flight back to Atlanta. I told him, ‘Man, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do but I hope you’re a Dawg. If I ever get to play quarterback at Georgia I guarantee you I’ll get you the rock.’ He laughed at that. But I needed to get my word in. I was trying to push Georgia.”
Mason said he’s concerned about Georgia’s recruiting class, which remains ranked in the Top 10 nationally but is encountering onslaughts from rivals due to the uncertainty over the defensive coaching staff.
“I hope we can keep our recruiting class together and keep it in the Top 5,” he said. “We need it to be able to compete with the Floridas and Alabamas in the SEC.”