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.

179 comments Add your comment

albert

May 17th, 2010
4:31 pm

I hope he plays better than he did in the state finals last year. Oh 1st by the way.

The D

May 17th, 2010
4:40 pm

albert dont do the first crap, I hope he is ready to compete, lot’s of GA state records, Washaun did the same thing, didn’t get that much hype, and now he is considered one of the best in the SEC, I sure hope the same happen for Mason, all those records and so few offers. I hope he proves the ney sayers wrong!!! Go Dawgs

Sven Ottke

May 17th, 2010
4:45 pm

Shouldn’t this read “Hutson Mason moving up the depth chart by default?”

HugoStiglitz

May 17th, 2010
4:46 pm

Hutson Mason will never play QB at UGA. He is the next Logan Gray only without another position to possibly fall back on.

Waycross Dawg

May 17th, 2010
4:51 pm

He’ll transfer after a year because he won’t be able to compete with Christian LeMay.

Dacula

May 17th, 2010
4:53 pm

Lassiter didn’t make it to the state finals last year.

"Home of Mediocrity"

May 17th, 2010
4:56 pm

Georgia loosing to Florida just goes in cycles, it just so happens Georgia is in a 20 year cycle in just about every sport.
Carty Seay

MSDAWG

May 17th, 2010
4:57 pm

I too think Mason won’t play QB and Murrey will only play this year with LeMay coming on board.
Hate it for him!!!!!

The General Feeling

May 17th, 2010
4:57 pm

Hey Tim, that was a photo of Charlie Brown in a UGa cap, right?

mike loves mandy

May 17th, 2010
4:57 pm

mason will be happy 2 be 3rd string at UGA.

Go Dawgs

May 17th, 2010
4:59 pm

Sign Ricky Cochran from Madison – He still has 1 yr of eligibility left and his knee is on the mend!!

St. Richt

May 17th, 2010
5:00 pm

Great news. I’m still watching Aaron Murray’s high school tapes as our fearless leader suggested I do. He looks great against midget DB’s that run 5.1 40’s. Did you see that play where he blew up that 145 lb DE? I can’t wait!

Delbert D.

May 17th, 2010
5:01 pm

albert – The Colquitt County coach, Rush Propst knew the Lassiter playbook really, really well. He was head coach at Hoover (Alabama), and Lassiter’s HC Chip Lindsey was OC under Propst at Hoover. You can download the 2001 Hoover playbook online. It’s a variant of the spread system that Tony Franklin teaches. 90% shotgun passing.

St. Richt

May 17th, 2010
5:02 pm

Where can I get ahold of some Hutson Mason high school highlight tapes? I want to be prepared for what we can expect of him in the SEC. GATA.

Delbert D.

May 17th, 2010
5:02 pm

“It’s a variant of the spread system that Tony Franklin teaches.”

Which is why Mason will fine the Georgia offense very different.

Delbert D.

May 17th, 2010
5:05 pm

Find, not fine. Definitely not fine.

Old Dawg

May 17th, 2010
5:11 pm

Home of Mediocrity: it’s losing, not loosing. Talking about mediocrity!

AceDawg

May 17th, 2010
5:15 pm

I wish Mason well. Lemay is going to make the competition tough for the future, however. I guess that’s a good thing for the Dawgs.

To those who think Lemay would supplant Murray next year if Murray plays well… that would probably indicate that UGA will have a tough season, because Murray is well regarded himself and will get a lot of experience this year with a veteran offense. If Lemay won the job next year, he’s either a future Heisman winner, or UGA fell short of a New Year’s bowl and may or may not have Richt at the helm.

82Dawg

May 17th, 2010
5:16 pm

Good to see the Techies are out in force today.

11Dawg

May 17th, 2010
5:16 pm

It’ll be interesting to see the battle between Mason and LeMay once Murray’s gone.

St. Richt

May 17th, 2010
5:20 pm

Can you provide a link to Mason’s high school highlights? According to coach that is a good indicator of what we can expect on Saturdays.. GATA

St. Richt

May 17th, 2010
5:21 pm

Throw up a link to lemay’s highlights as well while you’re at it.. I want to see the future. GATA

82Dawg

May 17th, 2010
5:25 pm

St. Richt ..STFU!!!!

The D

May 17th, 2010
5:30 pm

thank you 82Dawg!!!!

Bobby Joe

May 17th, 2010
5:32 pm

Boy, it seems that UGA gets lots of un-needed attention lately. Please, tell me something good.
I would like to comment on conference expansion. I hope they do it. All conf. I was a cfb playoff hater, but now, seeing the twists BCS brings, not so much. Bring on confernence exp, AND a playoff. Maybe that will get cfb more exciting. Itll mean more reg season games, better bowls, or playoffs, depending who u talk to, and all that other stuff yall are about to bust on me. Im no expert, just a fan. I go to games(UGA), love ‘em. I watch other skools on TV. Just beat Fla. 1-11 baby!!!

70 Dawg

May 17th, 2010
5:33 pm

Hey St Richt, shouldn’t you sign off with GTAA since you obviously are a nerd from North Ave? Either that or just another cynical pretender.

St. Richt

May 17th, 2010
5:38 pm

82Dawg, you can’t shut me up- I’m one of the only voices of reason in these blogs. Without me and some of the others here, you guys would have yourselves believing you will win the SEC and possibly a NC every year. Oh wait, never mind, you do that anyway. Shut this up.

St. Richt

May 17th, 2010
5:39 pm

70Dawg and The D, STFU doesn’t work with me. Now get back to those Aaron Murray highlight tapes pronto! I think he just outran a special needs student to the corner of the end zone.

New Gator Fan

May 17th, 2010
5:46 pm

Tim, what is this Georgia football crap? I thought you were the new Florida Gator beat writer for the AJC?

Paul Johnson

May 17th, 2010
5:52 pm

would someone please mention my gimmick highschool offense.

Dave In Tampa

May 17th, 2010
5:52 pm

Good one New Gator fan – after that last piece of crap Timmy wrote.

Kluless

May 17th, 2010
5:53 pm

Mason will get a chance to start if Murray throws too many int’s, or gets injured, or if Mason just beats him out. Mason’s accurate, 73%, and efficient, 55 td’s, 10 int’s. 6′ 3” for those obsessed with height.

Here’s a video clip of Mason’s highlights that earned him a Parade All American, one of 7 QB’s chosen for that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtTqY4fyZDk

Greg from Marietta

May 17th, 2010
5:56 pm

I really don’t care who is the quarterback so long as he is a winner. I don’t think I can take another year like last year.

Gillislee

May 17th, 2010
6:05 pm

Mason was a token player on Parades All American team along with Brett Farve’s nephew Dylan. Where did they land on other recruitment services?

ESPN 150 – Not on it
Rivals 100 – Not on it
Rivals 250 – Not on it
Scout – Mason 54th ranked QB in U.S.A., Farve not ranked
UA All American Team – Not on it
U.S. Army All American Team – Not on it

Uncle Shawn

May 17th, 2010
6:08 pm

If you want to see some highlights, go to http://www.youtube.com and search
“Hutson Mason”.

Manny

May 17th, 2010
6:14 pm

Tebow & Sanchez 7 Stafford were all Parade All Americans, like Hutson Mason, only 7 are picked each year.

Manny

May 17th, 2010
6:15 pm

Ryan Mallett, and Jimmy Clausen, and John Bratley were all Parade All-Americans.

Nina S

May 17th, 2010
6:21 pm

The only way that Mason will ever take a snap in a real game is if Murray and Gray fizzle out (which is very possible) or if both of them are arrested and suspended (also a real possibility).

This fellow will ultimately transfer, probably to a lower division school, since he’s just not a Division I quarterback, if truth be known.

Eric in Eufala

May 17th, 2010
6:24 pm

What made anyone at UGA so confident that Mason can be a college QB?

He’s not and never will be.

St. Richt

May 17th, 2010
6:26 pm

Uncle Shawn, thanks for heads up. I will make sure I check out Hutson’s high school highlights. That Milton High School defensive backfield reminds me a lot of the Florida Gators.

dawgwalker

May 17th, 2010
6:27 pm

hey(MSDAWG)go back to sleep,what are you basing this on.

Keister Meister

May 17th, 2010
6:29 pm

Pretty cool that Hutson Mason’s in the same “club” (parade all-american) as Tebow and Mark Sanchez. Says a lot. They turned out ok.

Manny

May 17th, 2010
6:30 pm

Certainly, there’s no reason to think Florida’s new QB will be any good, what good team has he started against in his 3 years at Florida?

Keister Meister

May 17th, 2010
6:40 pm

One of Mason’s rival coaches had this to say about Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year Hutson Mason:

“He is a special player,” said Rocky Hidalgo, head coach of rival Walton High. “As a player, he’s the best quarterback I’ve faced as a coach in 15 years. He’s got great pocket awareness. He’s incredibly difficult to sack. He has an incredible ability to feel the pressure and keep his eyes on his receivers downfield. He’s something else. He is their football team.”

-Special Player
-Best QB he faced in 15 years
-Great pocket awareness
-Incredibly difficult to sack
-Incredible ability to feel the pressure and keep eyes on receivers

Keister Meister

May 17th, 2010
6:41 pm

Mason had 2 games where he threw for over 500 yards passing. He threw for 7 td’s in one game!

collegeballfan

May 17th, 2010
6:43 pm

Even talking about Mason in the depth chart is an insult to the Head Coach.

Coach Small Johnson

May 17th, 2010
6:46 pm

Begining to wonder if we have people who can recruit QB’s

Doesnt matter if FL substitutes the kicker for the QB

against our coaching staff they will just find a way to beat the stupidity out of us like usual.

Keister Meister

May 17th, 2010
6:48 pm

Highlights from the Georgia record for best game from a QB in the history of Georgia high school football, threw for over 500 yards and 7 td’ds in a play-off game.

Tip:
run the video to halfway to get past the marching band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SGtKRYoENM&feature=related

MajorPain

May 17th, 2010
6:58 pm

Mason will be a servicable backup that’s it. When he palyed a team with real speed on defense (Colquitt County) they lit him up. Yes Rush wrote the palybook but it works both ways and Lassiter had way to stop Colquitt. Mason has a lot of work to do.

mwh6767

May 17th, 2010
7:00 pm

Serious question for the dog fans. Murray comes in this yr. and does perform well. Next year Lamay comes in and he has already said he plans to be the guy from the start. Does he get a real shot at being the guy next year or is he doomed to 3 yrs behind Murray?