QB Eddie Printz Jr. not trying to be another Hutson Mason

CHANNEL 2 SPORTS ZONE GAME OF THE WEEK: WALTON AT LASSITER

Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said he hasn't seen a kid with as much 'arm talent' as sopomore Eddie Printz Jr.

Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said he hasn't seen a kid with as much 'arm talent' as sopomore Eddie Printz Jr.

Quarterback Eddie Printz Jr. had the best seat in the house last year as Hutson Mason set passing record after passing record for Lassiter High. But now Mason has taken his golden arm to the University of Georgia and it’s Printz that is expected to pile up the yards and points for the Trojans.

Printz was a freshman backup last season as Mason set state records for passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54). What’s more, Mason did it while leading Lassiter to an undefeated regular season and its first and only region championship. The Trojans (12-1) eventually lost to Colquitt County in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Now here comes Printz, and the similarities between the two players are remarkable. Like Mason, Printz stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at just under 200 pounds. Printz’s arm, they say, may be a little stronger. And while Lassiter has undergone a coaching change — Jep Irwin replaced Chip Lindsey – the Trojans are still chucking the ball all over the place out of the spread.

“I’ve coached for 16 years and I haven’t had a kid with as much ‘arm talent’ as Eddie,” said Irwin, a 17-year coaching veteran who came to Lassiter this year from Pelham, Ala.

Likewise, the expectations for Printz aren’t any different than they were for Mason. Even though he is just a sophomore, fans expect Printz to play like his predecessor.

So far that hasn’t happened.

“It’s not my biggest concern,” said Printz, who has thrown for 673 yards with 8 TDs and 4 interceptions in four games for Lassiter (2-2), which takes on rival Walton tonight in the Channel 2 Sports Zone Game of the Week (7:30 p.m., Comcast 248/Charter 126; 1 a.m. replay on WSB Ch. 2). “My biggest concern is to win games. I’m not worried about replacing Hutson. He was a great quarterback, one of the best in Georgia history. Hopefully I’ll be as good as him. But this is a new year, we’re in a new division and have a new coaching staff. That’s all in the past.”

Said Irwin: “You can’t replace Hutson Mason. His job is to be the best Eddie Printz he can be. I think he has a chance to be a great player. He’s getting better each week. But he can’t be Hutson Mason.”

Not that he doesn’t want to be. Mason and Printz are close. Mason took him under his wing last season and still talks to him via phone or social media at least once a week.

“Oh, yeah, he’s helped me a lot,” Printz said. “He’s given me a lot of pointers. You know, ‘when they do this, do this.’ He’s a good guy to look up to.”

Fortunately for Printz, he hasn’t had to learn a whole new system amid the coaching change. Like Lindsey, Irwin is a self-professed “Tony Franklin cult member” who employs the pass-happy spread offense.

“It’s pretty much the same thing,” Printz said. “I’d say about 70 percent of it is the exact same.”

Meanwhile, recruiting is already picking up for Printz. He was invited up to Clemson for the Miami game on Saturday. He’s already been to Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee and is planning trips to Florida and South Carolina.

Other than the trips, Printz said, he couldn’t tell you much about recruiting.

My dad handles all that,” he said. “If I received a piece of mail he’d hide it from me. He’s keeping it away from me and I think that’s a good thing. He doesn’t want me to get a big head. He wants me to concentrate on what I can control and that’s trying to get better every day.”

45 comments Add your comment

Glory Glory

October 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

Best of luck young man!

Hope to see you in the Red and Black a few years down the road!

Walter Sobchak

October 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

Tech Maggot

October 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

Come to Tech! We can REALLY showacse that arm of yours! You could possibly get 9 or 10 attempts in the first 4 games of the year!!!

To Hell with the Team that OWNS US!!!!!!!!

GT Sambo

October 1st, 2010
1:16 pm

You don’t own us! You know why, because football isn’t everything. And how can fans a of a team that is 1-3 be talking smack to anyone else’s team? Hey, I think I hear your GT grad boss calling. Get back to your meaningless, dead-end job!

Dawg House

October 1st, 2010
1:24 pm

And that, GT Sambo, is why Tech gets NO love, from UGA or anybody else.

Talking trash about football is one thing, but then you take it to the pompous level of self worth.

Take note Eddie…… do not become one of these types of people.

Cobb Dawg

October 1st, 2010
1:33 pm

Chip: Not to nit-pick, but has Irwin coached for 16 years or 17?

Cuz

October 1st, 2010
1:41 pm

Another good article Chip, thanks.

Observer

October 1st, 2010
1:42 pm

You are nitpicking Cobb Dawg, why does it even matter….geez!

JMar

October 1st, 2010
1:43 pm

Poor kid has probably had to deal with Freddie Prinze Jr. jokes for years.

BDAWG

October 1st, 2010
1:55 pm

That’s funny, showcase his arm at a school that only wants to run. You will never attract a throwing QB.

Ramblin Man

October 1st, 2010
2:15 pm

Actually it says something about somebody and thier self worth when they feel the need to comment on a team that is not even mentioned in the article. Why would GT even consider recruiting this kid? He could be the best passing QB in the nation but that does not translate to the kind of QB GT needs. Hopefully when Vad Lee gets to GT he can show that a dual threat QB can prosper at GT, that of course means the o-line will have to be better than they are right now. Who knows Washington might surprise people when he gets his chance.

TheTaxJacket

October 1st, 2010
2:15 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

1eyedJack

October 1st, 2010
2:32 pm

A Sophomore huh? He’ll probably grow another couple of inches and gain another 20-25 lbs by graduation.

Smart Poppa Bear

October 1st, 2010
3:24 pm

I applaud his father for keeping his son level headed when so many distractions could easily derail a good players future. It has to be a tall task for a young man to follow Hutson Mason after Hutson had such an amazing record breaking season in 2009. It sounds like his Coach knows what he is doing to develope his young QB. Good luck to Eddie Printz and the Lassiter Trojans.

UGA would be a great place for this young man to play college football. GO DAWGS!!!!!

Dooley Noted

October 1st, 2010
3:27 pm

I can guarantee you playing time early at Rocky Top. The cupboard is bare. GBO!

Chase

October 1st, 2010
3:30 pm

Dude looks like a giraffe.

Collin

October 1st, 2010
3:33 pm

Agree sambo. What kind of idiots run their mouths for a team that’s the worst in the conference and only win against La Laf. Just like what Stewart Mandel said uga fans are the most delusional on earth and many just plain stupid.

Nark

October 1st, 2010
3:35 pm

Yay let’s get excited over a high school game! Yippe. Dog fans are such idiots.

Sophomore Signal Caller

October 1st, 2010
3:41 pm

Hey Chip,
Nice article on Eddie printz. I have heard a lot about him the past year.
How was he to talk with? Did you see him practice? Does he have a supporting cast of good receivers at Lassiter? I will be looking for him on tonight broadcast.

GT21

October 1st, 2010
4:13 pm

I’m doubling down on Vad Lee… this kid, with a good offensive line, is a gem for the CPJ GT offense.

Jake

October 1st, 2010
4:37 pm

Lassiter runs a more balanced offense than they did last year or the year before. You really can’t compare a young Sophomore to Hutson as a Senior…two completely different situations. This kid is more than an arm…he is a cerebral player who will do really well over the next few years. Be patient

slick

October 1st, 2010
6:26 pm

Face fact tards, Tech people are just better, always have been, always will be!

You'll Never Learn

October 1st, 2010
7:42 pm

You redneck UGA fans will never learn and know what’s it like to be a graduate of GT. You better believe we have a VERY HIGH regard for ourselves and do become pompous butts!!! A student at UGA, or non-student as for that matter, will understand what it’s like to remain in academic good standing and become an Engineer (Nuclear, Chemical, etc.). WE ARE THE BEST OF THE FINEST IN THE U.S. AND HAVE REASON TO TALK SMACK.

You'll Never Learn

October 1st, 2010
7:46 pm

A student at UGA, or non-student as for that matter, will NEVER understand what it’s like to remain in academic good standing and become an Engineer (Nuclear, Chemical, etc.). WE ARE THE BEST OF THE FINEST IN THE U.S. AND HAVE REASON TO TALK SMACK.

BamaDog

October 1st, 2010
8:36 pm

…just as long as he isn’t another Nash Nance.

GT Sambo

October 1st, 2010
9:02 pm

My post at the beginning of this thread was not meant as a flame on all UGA fans. I just really get annoyed when fans come on this RECRUITING blog and start talking trash. Go to the UGA blogs and trash the Tech fans posting there. So hopefully some of the other Tech fans posting crap will stop, too. There are plenty of very successful UGA grads just as there are very many successful Tech grads. I will also admit that UGA is overall a stronger football program than Tech, given its recruiting and facilities. I am ok with that. But guys like Tech Maggot and Dawg House live a pathetic existence where their meaning in life can only be derived by trashing Tech. Obviously I struck a nerve with Dawg House when I brought up working for a Tech grad… I bet you he does and eats at him everyday.

Joe for 3

October 1st, 2010
9:55 pm

No kudos for you, Walter.

Stinger

October 1st, 2010
11:02 pm

24-12 Missy St

UGA owns you tasty bees..

October 1st, 2010
11:37 pm

I like the GT fans who have to “live vicariously” through other teams, b/c they have only tasted victory once in almost a decade.. That’s directly at YOU, Stinger. Do you think UGA fans go on FL websites, and talk trash? No, because they have not earned it. Tech fans, however, find it satisfying to come onto UGA (or related) sites, and talk trash, about a game almost two years ago that we led by 17 pts., and tech only won by three. This being their ONLY victory against their biggest rival in the past decade, further if you count the several years earlier than that tech forfeited wins in three years for using academically ineligible players. Give me a break. You have NO place to talk trash. we could put our second string in every game and still win 75%. So go ahead techies, talk trash. Funnier when you bring other things than football into it lol

5150 P.O.A.D

October 2nd, 2010
12:05 am

Tim what s he doing in the Classroom? Do you have any knowledge about what he wants to do is school? Is he like a Stanford, Navy, UAB, Ga Southern type of STUDENT/ Athelet kind of guy? I Hope the Kid deas well but is he hitting the books too?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

Looks like Damon got one of those Obama created jobs.

tdawg

October 2nd, 2010
3:11 pm

This kid’s ok but their sophomore RB is better. By the way i played against them last night and they are both 17 because they got held back. They both transferred from Wheeler

GTECH RULES

October 2nd, 2010
4:32 pm

That is not true TDawg, you should get your facts straight before you post false info. They are 16….

Jake

October 2nd, 2010
6:30 pm

Both of them are 16. That’s like saying, I watched you play last night & somehow I know how old you are…300 yards for Printz & 177 for the RB Tyren Jones! these kids are for real! Just wait til they’re Seniors in 2 years!

To tell the truth

October 2nd, 2010
6:43 pm

Actually, one is 15 and one is 16. My son plays for Walton and is friends with both of those boys. Shut up tdawg. I coached the RB. They are both great young men with great grades and will do great in High School and will do great in college.

Jake

October 2nd, 2010
8:08 pm

I was mistaken. I knew they weren’t 17…didn’t realize one was only 15. Thanks for the clarity “To tell the truth”

tdawg is correct

October 2nd, 2010
9:52 pm

TDawg is correct about the QB, he was held back so would “technically” be a junior. Know the kid, my son went to school with him in grade school, same class, mine’s a junior now…

naganole

October 2nd, 2010
10:42 pm

Ouch guys. I wont even talk smack. I feel really bad…

RxDawg

October 3rd, 2010
10:05 am

Yeh Naga, it’s gotten about as bad as it can get.

Louie

October 3rd, 2010
10:27 am

Well, where do I start.

The doggies are a joke.
Total dissaray, a chinese fire drill in action.

Think Colorado ran up your hiney hole last night, wait till CPJ and a well oiled JACKET team cruises through Samford stadium in Nov.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

tdawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:54 pm

sorry guys i got it wrong. I play for Walton and one of my buddies told me that they were both 17. They are both really good, but Tyren Jones is amazing; you should have see the way he ran.

tdawg is a liar

October 3rd, 2010
5:56 pm

I know who you are tdwag and you don’t play, you ride the bench! You suck!

Father Knows Best

October 3rd, 2010
8:27 pm

Now I know why Mr Printz doesn’t allow his boy to read media reports about his son. Chip Towers does a positive article on an up and coming player in Georgia while a bunch of misfits try to attack Chip, a High School player and anything else people want to throw in to the mix. This is a sad batch of comments people.

Chip, I watched Friday nights game and I thought you added a lot to the game with your color commentary. #3 for Walton is a talented runner and I was very impressed with #51 on Waltons defense. #4 for Lassiter looked like he was in on every play. Terrific game.

Walker, Texas Ranger

October 4th, 2010
8:45 am

Chip speaking of guys following in footsteps, I hear the kid from Flowery Branch is lighting it up and now Clemson is after him. Any word?

KeithB

October 4th, 2010
10:33 am

I am sure that Dad has everything under control. Keep up the good work ‘Little’ Eddie.