QB Hutson Mason uses boxing to get ready for UGA

For a while there you couldn’t be sure if Hutson Mason was planning to play quarterback for Georgia or trying to become this country’s next great cruiserweight.

OK, that’s an exaggeration. But up until a couple of weeks ago the record-breaking quarterback from Lassiter High School was using boxing as a training method to prepare for his fast-approaching college football career with the Bulldogs.

Hutson Mason while competing on the TV series "The Ride."

Hutson Mason while competing on the TV series "The Ride."

Mason said he read a story a while back about a Division I quarterback who used boxing as a way to get ready for the football season.

“They said the arm strength that he gained and how much stronger he got in his shoulders and triceps and pecs and biceps was amazing,” he said.

So Mason decided to give it a shot. Back in early January he began working out three days a week at Triple Boxing up in Woodstock. The benefits, he said, were obvious.

“You’re always up on the balls of your feet bouncing around, jumping and moving,” said Mason, who did not fight other boxers but sparred with his trainer. “And your shoulders just burn. There’s a lot of ab work in it and most people don’t realize you have to have a strong core to play quarterback.

“It definitely got me in a lot better shape. It’s the most intense workout I’ve ever done. After a month of that I was in the best shape of my life.”

Alas, Mason had to give it up. There just wasn’t enough time in a day, or days in a week.

“I’ve stopped it for now,” he said. “I had to stop doing it because I had so much on my plate. I’m learning the [UGA] playbook, trying to keep my academics up, working out every day. It just got to be too much. I was driving all over the place.”

Mason said preparing to become a quarterback at Georgia is like a full-time job. The Bulldogs run a pro-style offense and it comes with the resident NFL-like playbook. UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo wants Mason to have the entire system mastered by the time he reports to campus in early June.

So in addition to Calculus homework, Mason is studying Bulldogs Offense, Volume One.

“They didn’t send me all of it,” Mason said of the enormous playbook. “They’re sending it in bits and pieces. Right now I’m learning personnel formations and motions. I’ve got a whiteboard at home and I draw up the plays. My dad will ask me things like, ‘what’s the personnel groups for ‘Houston?,’ and I’ll draw it on the board.”

Mason also has enlisted the help of a football tutor. Dave Archer, current Atlanta Falcons broadcaster and longtime NFL quarterback, has been helping Mason on and off the field.

“I’ve worked with him for a while now,” Mason said of Archer. “He spent 12 years in the NFL and Georgia runs a very NFL-oriented system. So he helps me a lot. He shows me ways to break it down and understand it better.”

Meanwhile, Mason hasn’t stopped preparing himself physically. He’s just changed the venue.

Now he’s doing a traditional football workout at Atlanta’s Energy Fitness under the direction of John Lewis and Thomas Flowers. Lewis is the brother of former Tennessee Vol and NFL player Jamal Lewis. Flowers was a defensive back and kick returner for the Bulldogs who spends part of his time playing Arena League football.

“What I’m doing at Energy Fitness is a lot different,” Mason said. “I do a lot of explosive training, stuff that tight ends and quarterbacks do. I do five- and seven-step drops wearing a weight vest, run a lot of cones and ladders and lift weights. It’s intense, hard work. I do it five days one week and three days the next week. Right now I’m in a five-day week and that’s pretty tough.”

At last check the 6-foot-3 Mason was up to 198 pounds from 193. So much for kicking back and gliding through senior semester.

“That’s all right,” Mason said. “I know I’ll be in great shape by the time I walk into Georgia this summer.”

74 comments Add your comment

Lewis Buzzard

February 26th, 2010
5:17 am

He should get some boxing practice in, just in case he bumps into Knowshon in a bar while in Athens riding the pine.

Iraq Dawg.... HOOAH!

February 26th, 2010
5:21 am

VA DAWG

February 26th, 2010
5:34 am

Wow! That’s impressive that Hutson would be so dedicated to getting in shape and getting better. If he maintains this attitude he will definitely make a difference at UGA. Hope his attitude rubs off on others going to Athens.

GEORGIA97

February 26th, 2010
6:43 am

When he gets to Athens he’ll be doing an entirely different type of “boxing.” huh uh huh

jimbob

February 26th, 2010
7:33 am

He should get a trx, which i what Drew Brees uses for core strengthen and shoulder stability. I use on and it’s a tough workout.

Smokewagon

February 26th, 2010
7:42 am

Iraq Dawg- No you and your fellow soldiers are #1.

OLD DAWG58

February 26th, 2010
7:51 am

you might be able to see why uga chose mason over nance.

Go Dawgs

February 26th, 2010
7:52 am

I like this kid!!!! Great attitude and he came to UGA because he loves the Dawgs!!!! Sic ‘Em! Woof! Woof!

dawgbone

February 26th, 2010
7:55 am

If you techies would stay out of Athens Knowshown wouldn’t have to knock you out , but I understand anything to get out of midtown.

What the Huck!

February 26th, 2010
7:56 am

Do anything you need to do, kid, to get strong enough to help us beat Tech!

tenn. junkie

February 26th, 2010
7:58 am

u mean why nance chose tenn. over leg humpers. get it right old dawg 58.

Larvell "SugarBear" Blanks

February 26th, 2010
8:02 am

I already like this kid alot!! I will be keeping an eye on his progress. I wouldn’t be surprised if he works his way into 2nd or 3rd string position. We are clearly set at QB. If we can’t win with Murray, Metz, Matson and Logan then CLEARLY it is on the shoulders of one MIKE BOBO!

GeoffDawg

February 26th, 2010
8:08 am

Wow, impressive young man. Even if he doesn’t contribute much on the field for awhile, it’ll be a big plus for the program to have that kind of energy and attitude around.

3rd String Dawg

February 26th, 2010
8:14 am

good luck to him. Not sure he sees the field in athens…
The boxing should help, lol

CPO Dawg

February 26th, 2010
8:15 am

Sounds like he has the type of work ethic and attitude needed. Good luck to you Hutson and GO DAWGS!!

UTSUX

February 26th, 2010
8:16 am

tenn. junkie; that UT degree in toothless-ness is serving you pretty well isn’t it? dawg 58 is correct, UGA didn’t want Nance or his baggage (aka meddling father). On the other hand you are completely wrong; Nance didn’t have a choice, either sign with Vandy or get Duh-rick to come to UT and get a free ride on the pine at the Big Orange cesspool, UGA wasn’t an option for Nance, unless he wanted to be a walk-on blocking dummy, lol.

drunk dawg

February 26th, 2010
8:17 am

Chip-

What kind of Arm and feet does Mason have?

jb's house

February 26th, 2010
8:19 am

Hutson will eventually be starting for Georgia. How can you keep a guy off the field who throw 55 td’s, 4500 yards, 72% pass completion, Parade All-American?

Hutson has the 2nd highest td-to-int ratio of the UGA QB’s.

Owns the state of Georgia passing records.

VERY cool under pressure and EXTREMELY competitive.

Great size at 6′ 3” and 200 lbs.

Vick=Dog killing thug

February 26th, 2010
8:19 am

You got to like this kid.

ArmyRangerDawg

February 26th, 2010
8:32 am

Look out for this kid in a couple of years…Could be a SLEEPER….Just Sayin! GATA!

Bull the dawg

February 26th, 2010
8:32 am

Sounds like he is going to be a force in the QB competition, got to like that attitude!

that game meant nothing to tech or paul johnson

February 26th, 2010
8:37 am

take it easy hutson…all you need to beat tech is a small baton…the flagboys aint real good and their army style coach has no respect for Georgia…thats why he lost a game he should have one…that and all the yellow wigged flagboy fratboys had his johnson distracted

Hip Hop Dawg

February 26th, 2010
9:00 am

I bet he will be ready to do some side line dancing this fall between the hedges and show his fellow homies some nice moves…..

Vol Fan

February 26th, 2010
9:03 am

Big deal! Nash Nance is doing the P90X workout under water wearing a weighted vest. So there!

Goldtimer

February 26th, 2010
9:08 am

LOL… maybe he can join Herschel in the MMA after his time is up @ thUGA

private plane watching

February 26th, 2010
9:21 am

What a fighter! I am so impressed–WOW!

Hey Iraq Dawg!!

February 26th, 2010
9:24 am

Iraq Dawg ,keep up the good work overseas.Dawg fans SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!!!!

70 Dawg

February 26th, 2010
9:24 am

Why don’t you guys who are LOL take a ride up to Woodstock and ask to spar a couple of rounds with this 18 year old. You might not be lol quite so loud afterward. You guys make me want to puke. Good luck to you Hutson and stay dedicated. Let the naysayers motivate you even more.

Who was that 4th year QB from MS? Blake ??

February 26th, 2010
9:31 am

A huge disappointment from a few years back was the QB from Mississippi, that to my knowledge barely made the travel squad and his was supposedly ALL WORLD. QB in the SEC is one tough spot and to play, you usually have to have the arm, the smarts, the toughness and all of the intangibles ……..like coolness and ability to lead.

Richt just might see some things in this East Cobb kid that he can work with, groom and get ready for say three years down the road, when he will only be a red shirt junior, with two years to play.

That 40 year old ( just kidding, like 25 ) Heisman Chris Weinke from FSU played pro baseball for 10-15 years, then went to FSU and sat and sat and then played like one year and boom …………..Heisman. Odd, the QB position is to play. Remember all those average QBs from U of Miami that never, ever played beyond college? All we want is to get one to play really well for two years and keep the train moving forward.

Richt can coach em up …………………question is can Bobo??

Go Dogs.

Smoke Dawg

February 26th, 2010
9:45 am

I am sure Nash Nance’s Candy a$$ isn’t doing this to get ready for UT. Mike this is why offered Mason and had no room for your kid. Nash you better do some of this cuz your daddy can’t buy you a spot off the scout team no matter how much he wants too.

DawginLex

February 26th, 2010
9:53 am

It’s nice to know that we have choices and competition at the QB position.

Murray
Mett
Gray
Mason

Hopefully Marshall in 2011.

A lot different than 2009 where we had no option other than joe Cox.

Vol Fan

February 26th, 2010
9:59 am

Smoke Dawg

February 26th, 2010
9:45 am
I am sure Nash Nance’s Candy a$$ isn’t doing this to get ready for UT. Mike this is why offered Mason and had no room for your kid. Nash you better do some of this cuz your daddy can’t buy you a spot off the scout team no matter how much he wants too.

Big deal! Nash Nance is doing the P90X workout under water wearing a weighted vest. So there!

Jaxdawg

February 26th, 2010
10:14 am

Give Nance a break, I heard he’s been punishing rolls of Carpet at his Dad’s store a la Sly Stallone in Rocky. Meanwhile Da’rick has been splitting up to 8 pieces of hardwood flooring with his incredible karate chops. Now that is the kind of training UT expects

Jaydawg

February 26th, 2010
10:18 am

This will come in handy if one of fat boy Paul Johnson’s tech fans try to “punch him in the mouth.”

California Tannin'

February 26th, 2010
10:19 am

Ladies and gentleman….the next….Joe Cox.

nash

February 26th, 2010
10:24 am

THIS KID IS UNBELIEVABLE.. How can you not rut for a guy that gets is dream job at his dream school and bust his but to get better and compete before he even gets there

Dawg-faced Boy

February 26th, 2010
10:27 am

rut? really?

TuckDAWG

February 26th, 2010
10:29 am

Chip any idea on whats going on with Teddy Bridgewater if he is going to appear at junior day?

Rambo Wins!

February 26th, 2010
10:30 am

Mason will eventually be backing up Murray, without a doubt. And if Murray gets hurt, and Murray is injury prone each of last 2 seasons, then Mason will get his chance in 2010.

We need a QB who can score and protects the ball.

Murray and Mason fit the bill, Mett and Gray havn’t done that.

Dan

February 26th, 2010
10:33 am

Ladies and gentleman….the next….Joe Cox is NANCE!! Wait, Cox was a starter.. Nance never will be!

BigTimeTECHFan

February 26th, 2010
10:34 am

It’s not like all the other kids that signed with Div 1 programs are sitting back doing nothing. This is standard stuff all the kids do from 10th grade on.

Some box, some bike, some lift, they all get into programs recommened by their coach.

Dale

February 26th, 2010
10:44 am

Is it true that the Vols had new carpeting installed throughout their athletic complex the day after signing day?

bitter da trick rogers FAN

February 26th, 2010
10:51 am

i get my boxing training in high school, class room fool, f with me and ill kick yo a—s coach dooley is a pus ill run on rocky top its all about me dawgs suc

Chip Towers

February 26th, 2010
10:56 am

TuckDAWG: Haven’t heard anything about Teddy Bridgewater coming. . . .

toph: Nick Marshall is not coming to UGA’s junior day. He will lead Wilcox County in the first round of the state basketball playoffs tonight against Montgomery County. He’s averaging 26.9 ppg as a 2-guard for the Patriots. However, coach Mark Ledford tells me he may come up to Athens for the Georgia-Kentucky basketball game on Wednesday.

toph

February 26th, 2010
10:58 am

Chip, thanks! You’re doing a great job. Appreciate the info. Do you know anything else about QBs UGA is recruiting?

drunk dawg

February 26th, 2010
11:00 am

thanks chip! You’re probably not the best source anyway.

suwaneedawg

February 26th, 2010
11:09 am

Let’s be real here, while I am not knocking this kid’s potential what sort of competition did he face in high school? I agree he is talking the talk but, can he back it up? We are set at qb for a while and maybe we will lose one of the three due to transferring if they are all this talented. Good situation to have for the future.

richtfan

February 26th, 2010
11:11 am

is mason tutoring knowshon moreno?

Delbert D.

February 26th, 2010
11:21 am

Boxing should be a requirement for all skill players. Really emphasizes the footwork and builds upper arm strength and endurance.

KeithB

February 26th, 2010
11:27 am