Hutson Mason ‘moving up the depth chart rapidly,’ and other notes
Cleaning out the notebook:
- With all the turmoil at Georgia’s quarterback position of late, Mark Richt has been fielding a lot of questions on the speaking circuit about incoming freshman Hutson Mason. “I’m sure he’s very excited about what’s going on,” Richt told a group last week. “He’s been moving up the depth chart rapidly because of what happened with Mr. Mettenberger and Logan Gray probably spending most of his time at wide receiver now.”
Asked the followup question of whether he sees Mason playing or redshirting this year, Richt said: “I don’t know. I want to see what he can do. If we don’t think he’s ready, I’d be more apt to have Logan continue to be our No. 2 and just go from there. I don’t want to say because I have no idea how he’s going to perform until he shows up.”
- Another hot topic, of course, is conference expansion. Richt is on record against it for the SEC, mainly because “I think if you get into what would be a super-conference, you’re just not going to play everybody. I think it would feel like two leagues rather than the Southeastern Conference.”
- Georgia’s baseball season is down to its final series: a visit by Kentucky to Foley Field Thursday through Saturday. The Bulldogs (14-36, 3-22 SEC) will enter the series with a staff earned run average of 8.63, which ranks 283rd among the nation’s 292 Division I teams and is almost two runs per game higher than the previous worst in UGA history (6.80 in 1998). Georgia pitchers have walked 261 batters and thrown 80 wild pitches in 433 innings this season.
- When Georgia’s men’s tennis team rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat Florida State 4-3 Sunday, it marked the Bulldogs’ 17th win in 18 NCAA tournament matches since 2007. The victory puts the Dogs in a round-of-16 match against Florida at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, which once again will be the center of college tennis this week. The NCAA Championships, men’s and women’s, begin a 12-day run there on Thursday. The Georgia-Florida match is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.
- The NCAA softball tournament also is heading to Athens this week, with Georgia -– the No. 6 national seed –- hosting one of the 16 regionals. Other teams in the Athens regional: Florida State, Radford and Elon. Georgia’s opening game in the double-elimination regional is against Elon at 7:30 p.m. Friday.