Hutson Mason makes good first impression on Dogs

ATHENS – It was one practice, the first practice, and it was held in shorts, jerseys and helmets. But Georgia freshman quarterback Hutson Mason made a strong impression, nevertheless.

“I was really pleased with Hutson Mason’s command in the huddle,” offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo said Monday night. “He got in there and took charge. Everything wasn’t perfect, but I was just pleased with the way he approached practice and the way he carried himself. Liked a lot that I saw.”

Mason, from Marietta’s Lassiter High School, has a chance to be Georgia’s backup quarterback behind starter Aaron Murray. Basically, if Murray stays healthy and Mason has a good preseason camp, Logan Gray probably will remain at wide receiver.

“Hutson looked real good,” wide receiver A.J. Green said after the first practice. “He’s just so quick with his decisions, just being a freshman. Just the way he carries himself, he looked real good today.”

As Lassiter fans know, Mason last year set Georgia state single-season high-school records for passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54) and a state single-game record for passing yards (552).

+++++++++++

A few quips I thought you might enjoy from Day 1 of the Bulldogs’ camp:

  • Offensive line coach Stacy Searels on how his group looked in walk-through drills before the opening practice: “We really kicked butt in walk-through this morning. We were awesome. . . .Walk throughs, we are world-beaters.” Then, sternly: “You don’t walk through a football game.”
  • Offensive tackle Clint Boling, when a reporter jokingly asked if Boling and Searels go online and study projections of Boling’s NFL draft stock: No, but “Coach Searels and I had a couple of meetings with some agents.” Joking, mind you.
  • And coach Mark Richt, while sheepishly struggling to come up with the name of one of Georgia’s walk-on quarterbacks: “I’ll think of the other gentleman in a minute.”

+++++++++++

If you haven’t checked it out yet, please take a look at AJC.com’s bulked-up UGA page, ajc.com/uga. It has been redesigned to include more Bulldogs coverage than ever. Hope you’ll be a regular visitor throughout preseason camp and the season.

Practice No. 2 is Tuesday afternoon. Updates will be posted on the blog and @ajcuga on Twitter. See you then.

++++++++++++

Links to Monday’s coverage of UGA camp, Day 1:

“It’s a little bit scary in there,” Richt says of youth in QB room.

Logan Gray’s “new ballgame” and other notes.

109 comments Add your comment

Suckers are First

August 3rd, 2010
6:19 am

Enter your comments here

Destin dawg

August 3rd, 2010
6:21 am

parade all American !!!

[...] went on, you can read this, this and this, but I’m not really sure you need much more than Stacey Searels’ summary: “We really kicked butt in walk-through this morning. We were awesome. . . .Walk throughs, we are [...]

Destin dawg

August 3rd, 2010
6:24 am

Hutson will be ready (and keep getting better).. if needed…. Parade mag All American… 6′ 3′… good passer Go Dawgs !!!! Can’t wait !!

Jazzy

August 3rd, 2010
6:24 am

“I’ll think of the other gentleman in a minute.”

So much for making a good impression

Cunk Rogers

August 3rd, 2010
6:31 am

Hutson will prove to be a solid #2. With our superior offensive line, I expect good things from the QB’s this season. Ealey and King will help take pressure off as well. What do you think Mac Haile.

To the dude who keeps asking "how Richard Samuels looked at linebacker"

August 3rd, 2010
6:45 am

…see Stacy Searels comments – unfortunately, Samuel wasted his opportunity last year as a RB, and he will never see the field as a linebacker. He should have transferred so that he could continue to be a RB, but going to the #1 party school in the US does have its place in the mind of a 20 year old and why he chose to stay where he is – not meaning to castigate the kid, just explaining the facts – GATA!!!!!

Dawg in the Northwoods

August 3rd, 2010
6:50 am

Samuels didn’t “waste” his opportunity at RB, the Georgia coaches, IMHO, wasted him by playing him out of position in the first place. He came to UGA as one of the best “athletes” in the country. The coaches over-reacted and placed him in the Offensive backfield when he should have redshirted and been in the defensive backfield from day one. He’s 20 years old and has the ability to be a beast. Just give his young body the time it needs to more fully develop.

Destin dawg

August 3rd, 2010
6:51 am

Samuel played LB in HS.. ??? I like Athens too !!! he’ll play… we need LB’s in the 3/4 right ???

ToccoaDawg

August 3rd, 2010
7:16 am

Lets see what happens when they put the pads on. Until then don’t worry be happy. Football season is HERE.

beatdowns galore

August 3rd, 2010
7:39 am

Ha Ha …UGA pays CMR millions and he doesnt even know his players names …Classic !

DX107

August 3rd, 2010
7:50 am

Well we don’t rent our cheerleaders!

Papadawg

August 3rd, 2010
7:57 am

Expecting a coach to remember a freaking walkons name. Gimme a break you geeks

Sharkman

August 3rd, 2010
7:59 am

He’s a walkon! He don’t have to remember his name!

Yoda

August 3rd, 2010
8:05 am

beatdowns galore…please put your mini slide rule away…women and children are laughing at you Techie

82Dawg

August 3rd, 2010
8:06 am

Who was the walk on they are talking about?

CONFEDERATE DAWG

August 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

FOR REAL MAN, WALK ON FROSH THATS HAD ONE PRACTICE. YOU AINT EVER FORGOT SOMETHING…

hipdawg

August 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

I’m not sold on Murray and like what I hear about Mason ,maybe they both play.

beatdowns galore

August 3rd, 2010
8:14 am

Dont forget this conferderate CLOWN 3 – 17 against the GATORS !

Rev Dawg

August 3rd, 2010
8:16 am

Mason went to one of those sports specific training facilities over the summer that Boling and Curran and others went to. They produce some pretty amazing results. When Boling came out of HS he weighed 270 and could only bench press about 290. By the time he got to UGA, he weighed 290 and could bp 400. They are saying Mason has put on about 20 solid pounds. I’d say he’s gonna surprise alot of folks.

GeoffDawg

August 3rd, 2010
8:20 am

If that was Paul Johnson, you could replace “gentleman” with “a-hole”.

dawgster

August 3rd, 2010
8:23 am

For those that think the coaching staff messed up with Samuals, lets set the record straight…We had a need at RB last season and didn’t kinow how the rotation would play out…If you remember King had some injury issues and Ealey was a freshman also..Richard wanted to give RB a shot since he had been a successful Rb in high school and yes we know he was a very good Lb…Quit blaming the coaches for him not being as successful as we would have lkided…Its not that he didn’t play well, but others stepped up and thus the pecking order changed…Its easy to blame the coaching staff but we will or another team will have the same similar situation with Mr James Wilder as he also wants to play RB, but all indications are that he would be an awesome LB, but if the kid wants to have a go of that in college he should be given the opportiunity…Samuals was given that chance, and i don”t think he was a failure, its just others stepped up and proved they could be the go to guy as RB’s….Samuals is very competitive and wants to be on the field so the move to Lb is probably a better fit for him, but we will see…

Destin dawg

August 3rd, 2010
8:34 am

I think the UGA/Gator game should be played home/home/ or Atl/Jax….. Jax every year is like a home game for Florida ?!

Vuvu

August 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

If college teams were musical instruments, UGA would be a vuvuzela. All noise and no substance.

DawginLex

August 3rd, 2010
8:40 am

So 12-2(aka Bulldawg), who do you want to play QB?

Ealey?

You wanted to have him start at RB in the 1st game last year even though Coach Richt said he wasn’t in shape, wasn’t mentally ready and didn’t know the playbook.

But we all know you know more than the coaches.

How2fish

August 3rd, 2010
8:42 am

dawgster good points I really think Samuals will be a good linebacker and have a better chance to play in that role in a 3-4 defense than he was ever going to get at RB with the guys we have there now. Man there are players on the field and football not B.S to talk about I can’t wait for kickoff…guess from the number of Bugs and Gators on the UGA blogs they have yet to start practice….?

How2fish

August 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

Vuvu if you were a person you’d be a A-hole… Destin dawg I agree in these times keeping the money in State is a great idea…J-ville maybe a neutral site but Fla makes all the money off the game..home and home would more fairly split the revenue…

beano

August 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

it seems that every gator fan thinks that their team started playing georgia in 1990.

ugag is irrelevant

August 3rd, 2010
8:55 am

bow wow hump hump big dog eat … what a nothing school

AltamahaDawg

August 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

dawgster, I have always wondered what the critics wanted to do, just NOT field a RB to start last season. Watching the early games (replays) over the summer it was clear that while Samual was never going to be All-SEC, he wasn’t exactly lost out there. He also had the disadvantage of a line that didnt have the run blocking going till after he left. he was just a placeholder till we had better options. It seems a waste of time to even discuss it any further.

It’s amazing to me that when we have some players step up, the immediate reaction from some is always complain that the coaches were fools for having somebody in there before that happened.

How2fish

August 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

ugag is irrelevant and yet here you are again just like yesterday and the day before and the…

Bungle Bee?

August 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

MUDHOLE Pt. 2, here comes a big ole RED & BLACK can of RAID! UGA, Kills bugs DEAD! Oh one more thing, KING just scored AGAINNNNN! BUWHAAAAAAAA!

AltamahaDawg

August 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

No DawginLex, what BuLLdawg wants is to be prepared like saban and Meyers. Because obviously Fr. AJ McCarron, and Fr. Trey Burton, are ready to step in and win SEC games if something happens to thier starting QBs.

Both coaches will also have had 3 different starting QB’s in 4 years, over the new few seasons. That’s appearantly completely different that what Richt or any other team in America does in a game where players real productive careers are counted on your thumbs usually.

Why can’t we recruit a top notch starting QB every 3rd year, RS him, get him consistant PT the next, start him the next, and hope that he is never too good he leaves, or too bad that some kid is better and start ahead of him, thus messing up our perfect little rotation.

Oh yea, and also recruit a couple of back up that are good enough to start, can’t, but are ok with that….you know, just in case.

dawgster

August 3rd, 2010
9:10 am

My point AltamahaDawg…You said it very well…it amazes me the people on here who are not out there at practice everyday as the coaches are, but yet they can tell you just what the coaches should do..I too think Samuals will be a very good Lb in the 3-4..He is a very good athelete and should be able to make the move…But of course you know what will happen if he is successfurl, they will come out of the woodworks and say “we told you so”…the coaches had him at RB…

DawginLex

August 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

I understand your point altamaha but my point is this:

It is what it is.

Mett got stupid or else we would have had 2 potential studs fighting for the job.

Now we only have 1.

Bulldawg bashes richt over his handling of situations and doesn’t know what he is talking about.

Ealey start at OKie state? Richt said no. He got him ready both physically and mentally and now we have a potential 1,200-1,500 yard star. Bulldawgs plan would have destroyed his confidence, probably got him hurt and wrecked us for this year.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

August 3rd, 2010
9:21 am

Altamaha, I believe that is what CMR did; problem was, the me boy Stafford decided to forgo his senior season and one of those backups who weren’t quite good enough to start but didn’t transfer played last year.

Pago Pago Dawg

August 3rd, 2010
9:25 am

After yesterday, We think we’re looking at a #1 finish.

Randy

August 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

Hutson Mason is the real deal. Reminds me of Tom Brady. Very fast mind, quick thinking, gets the ball out lightning fast, impossible to sack. Reads coverages and hots hot receiver better than any freshman QB I’ve seen in a while. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Mason taking snaps against Florida instead of Murray. May the best man win.

AltamahaDawg

August 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

How2fish, the Golden Isles, Savannah, and several other towns make millions of dollars off of that game, so the categorization that Fla makes all the money is not accurate. You also have to consider that in a home and home, every other year you are relegating our state to virtually no revenue from that game. They also pay both Universities more money than they make on a 1/2 home game.

There is also more hotel rooms booked down here that all of Athens contains (again only every other year as well). They book up here starting midweek and not just for what would be a weekend only event home game.

The economic argument “for the state” just doesnt hold up. It’s just redistribution within the state.

Paddy

August 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Walk-ons don’t have names!!!!!!!!!!!

Schmeckdawg

August 3rd, 2010
9:35 am

Beano @ 8:54 a.m. GREAT CALL! And Destin DAWG I totally diagree with you regarding where the GEORGIA-fla. game should be played. It needs to stay in Jacksonville. Look nobody was bitching when Dooley was coaching and we were drilling there a$$es in Jacksonville almost every year. And I’d bet if we could get back to beating the swamp lizards on a regular basis, all of this let’s move the game crap would stop! I mean what happens is we went home and home and they were still beating us up here? What’s the next complaint?

Summer Madness

August 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

My goodness…..Hustson Mason is the best QB in the SEC after just one no pads, no contact practice. Get him his superman cape.

How2fish

August 3rd, 2010
9:43 am

AltamahaDawg you make good points I’ve never been to Golden Isles, Savannah during the WGOCP just drove down for the game so you make a strong point and one I was not aware of thanks for the insight.

Flushed out of the pocket

August 3rd, 2010
9:44 am

Wow the QB is really a midget. CMR really needs to know his QB’s names, walk ons or not because he is paid pretty well to have not let the QB situation developed into this mess.

Real dog

August 3rd, 2010
9:44 am

Murray’s height is going to be a big problem. Look for mason to be the starting qB after a few games.

Jacksonville or Not

August 3rd, 2010
9:47 am

Yeah like bringing the game up to Athens really made a difference a few years back (50 plus points for the Gators and then you came to Gainesville and the Gators kicked your butt in the rain). Worse butt wipping in Stanford stadium ever. You’re better off in Jax. At least there you can just “party” and go back to your hotel and sleep off another loss.

How2fish

August 3rd, 2010
9:51 am

Jacksonville or Not and yet we still hold the series record…see you in Jax..this year.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

August 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

I’m sure it makes you feel wonderful How2 every time you go to sleep thinking about the series record.

Gators 17 Dawgs 3

August 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

How2fish

August 3rd, 2010
9:51 am
Jacksonville or Not and yet we still hold the series record…see you in Jax..this year.

Actually Fish, Florida has kicking your a$$ since 1950, look it up, Florida is leading
the series 34-25-1 and of course in the past 20 years it has gotten worse,
lately you are 3-17 ouch!

Fish, want to try that home and home thing——it really
didn’t work out for you to well, you came to Gainsville and were beaten
52-14, now you did do better in Athens, you only lost 52-17.

Vick=Dog killing thug

August 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

go dawgs !!!