QB Hutson Mason considers transfer due to lack of playing time

ATHENS – Georgia backup quarterback Hutson Mason said he is seriously considering transferring due to a lack of playing time behind starter Aaron Murray.

Mason, a sophomore from Marietta, said he would prefer to remain at Georgia — “I love this place even more than I expected,” he said – and would consider taking a redshirt year next season to put a year between him and Murray.

In any case, Mason said he will have to make a decision after the Bulldogs’ season is completed with the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl against Michigan State.

“I’ll just try to sit back and get away from the every day stuff and people telling me what I should do,” Mason said. “I’ll go home after the bowl game and talk to my family and talk to people I look up to. I talked to D.J. Shockley. He’s somebody who has been very valuable to me. I’m just trying to look at it from every angle. I ponder on it a lot and it’s extremely tough.”

Mason (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) signed with Georgia in 2010 after becoming the state high school record holder for passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54) as a senior at Lassiter High. But after his second full season with the Bulldogs, he has gotten minimal playing time and then only in mop-up duty.

In two seasons, Mason has appeared in eight games, completing 57 percent of his passes for 356 yards with 3 TDs and no interceptions. His first college play from scrimmage was a TD pass to Logan Gray.

“He’s got an uncanny ability to hit the open receiver,” quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “He has great vision and feel. He has great pocket presence and a very quick release. He throws all the intermediate balls extremely well. The deep ball is something we continue to work on that he’s got to improve on. But his ability to get rid of the ball quickly and spread it out underneath, he does very well.”

Bobo said that the Bulldogs are considering redshirting Mason next season and have current redshirt freshman Christian LeMay and walkons handle the backup duties. But it’s not something they’ve decided on yet.

“It’s something we’re going to talk about after the season,” Bobo said. “I’d rather not get into it now.”

Redshirting is something Mason said he would consider.

“I would. It’s something I’ll have to sit down and talk to Coach Richt about and see how they feel about it,” Mason said. “I don’t think that would be something that they’d be opposed to. I want to stay here. I really do. I want to be here; I want to be at UGA. I love this place more than I expected I would. My goal is to stay here and I want to stay here. I just need to find out whether that allows me to play the most or not.”

Mason probably would have played more by now if he hadn’t been behind one of the most durable quarterbacks in the business. Despite taking numerous shots the last two seasons, Murray has missed only a couple of snaps in any significant, meaningful games.

“You can’t take away from Aaron being that tough,” Mason said with a laugh. “It’s just the way the ball rolls. You see guys have severe injuries when they barely get hit and then you see Aaron take a shot like he did against Auburn, where he did a quadruple flip and landed on his neck. I’m like, ‘he’s got to come out after that.’ But he just gets up and trots back to the huddle.”

Malcome on top of depth chart

Redshirt freshman Ken Malcome is currently running No. 1 at tailback for the Bulldogs. Leading rusher Isaiah Crowell is No. 2 and Brandon Harton is No. 3.

That’s the way it was as of Saturday, at least, as Richard Samuel (ankle) and Carlton Thomas (knee) remained sidelined. Samuel, however, was able to practice in a limited role on Saturday. He is returning for the bowl from Nov. 1 ankle surgery.

“We expect both those other guys back, but it’s hard to have a real full-fledged competition when they’re not getting an reps,” Bobo said. “So Ken and Isaiah and Brandon are the only three we’ve got right now.”

Injury update

Starting right guard Chris Burnette did not at practice Saturday due to an illness, line coach Will Friend said. . . . Middle linebacker Mike Gilliard (ankle) and defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (ankle), both starters, still were not practicing on Saturday. . . . Wide receiver Rantavious Wooten, out since late September with a concussion caused by a car accident, is practicing in a green jersey. He will not play in the bowl, however, to preserve a medical redshirt season.

542 comments Add your comment

ScoutDawg

December 17th, 2011
4:53 pm

Mason is a DGD. I hope he gets a redshirt so afterwards he can COMPETE for the starters job.

FLADAWG

December 17th, 2011
4:54 pm

TallaDawg

December 17th, 2011
4:55 pm

Good. In the Tech game it looked like it finally clicked with Boo.

TallaDawg

December 17th, 2011
4:56 pm

I mean good about the TB, not about Mason. Sorry for any confusion.

AF Dawg in Va

December 17th, 2011
4:56 pm

Glad to see “Boo” get recognized for his effort. My assumption is he’s building on the work from the LSU game. Go Dawgs

pj

December 17th, 2011
4:57 pm

First? I hope Hutson stays. With a redshirt, he could have 2 years with Lemay as a dynamic 1-2 punch.

schley dawg

December 17th, 2011
4:57 pm

Mason redshirting would be great long-term for the Dawgs. Murray is really growing into a great quarterback,and demands all of the snaps. Having Mason for one year when Murray graduates would allow the Dawgs not miss a step at the all-important quarterback position!

brandon

December 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

He’s gotta do what’s best for him.

MarineDog

December 17th, 2011
4:59 pm

Good for Malcome! Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.

TampaGator

December 17th, 2011
5:00 pm

@DestinDawg (only)…..

What is happening now…..Mason leaving…..all of Georgia’s players are leaving….left and right….nobody happy in Athens….everyone jumping ship….just like so many bandwagon Dawg fans. Who is leaving next? Probably everyone….leaving on the scout players. Dawgs on the way down…..FOREVER…..no hope in Athens whatsoever!

dawgerbrown

December 17th, 2011
5:02 pm

Like Mason alot. Hope he stays, It does seem there has been times when Murray stayed in games longer than needed. Mason could and should have more minutes. He’s a sollid backup. That’s a rare commodity to have.

Hit REAL Hard

December 17th, 2011
5:07 pm

Enter your comments here

TampaGator

December 17th, 2011
5:08 pm

Hey I’m leaving to go to my friends house and play with his balls.
We call it cue stick in the TampaGator’s pocket.
I’m a total looser just like the GATORS this year.

Rebar

December 17th, 2011
5:09 pm

Hey TamponGator,
why don’t you worry about that little 6-6 team you root for; the Dawgs will be fine and we aren’t worried about who leaves. We can reload now, something your team is struggling with. Georgia is going to run the table next year, and you, you will have to suffer another loss to the Dawgs and cry on your pillow, dreaming of Tebow.

BigDawg

December 17th, 2011
5:10 pm

TampaGator, you are a joke. How’s your new coach and new offensive coordinator? Oh, not so good, eh? How is your QB situation? Also bad! How about your top rated RB recruit? Oh, visiting UGA twice! How about your stellar defense? Not so good, eh? How about your fast RB this past season? Oh, not good enough, can only direct girlfriends to die! You’re a joke, go enjoy your great property values in Tampa!!

TampaGaytor

December 17th, 2011
5:14 pm

Meanies stop picking on me or I’ll pinch you!

Phuch Le` Duch

December 17th, 2011
5:15 pm

H.Mason, with reps, might just be a better Qb than Murray.
In retrospect, DJ was the better QB than D.Greene.
Although, no one , can argue the results of DG.
It is fortunate fo the Dawgs to have both, yet unfortunate
for the youngsters.
My best wishes for young Hutson as he struggles with this
life decision.
Go Dawgs !

kb

December 17th, 2011
5:17 pm

Tampagator, You must have been able to get through school at UF without reading. Where in the article does someone say they’re unhappy. Good luck with little willie roaming the sidelines.

Glock 45

December 17th, 2011
5:18 pm

BigDawg

December 17th, 2011
5:10 pm

TampaGator, you are a joke. How’s your new coach and new offensive coordinator? Oh, not so good, eh? How is your QB situation? Also bad! How about your top rated RB recruit? Oh, visiting UGA twice! How about your stellar defense? Not so good, eh? How about your fast RB this past season? Oh, not good enough, can only direct girlfriends to die! You’re a joke, go enjoy your great property values in Tampa!!

And Florida has how many National Championships? No Big Dawg…you’re the joke!

supsalemgr

December 17th, 2011
5:21 pm

I don’t understand why he was not redshirted for 2010?

Glock 45

December 17th, 2011
5:24 pm

Hey you know the coach that lead us to a NC is now going to be leading OSU to NC’s and our new coach is looking a lot like R. Zook.

monty

December 17th, 2011
5:24 pm

best QB is not always the best passer. See Tim Tebow

hipdawg

December 17th, 2011
5:25 pm

sorry to hear about mason but i understand…….

Cdpridg

December 17th, 2011
5:25 pm

Hey Gatorboy!! Your head coach has no experience and is inept…your fat man left as well. Stick ya tail between ya gata legs….you are going to be owned fpr quite some time!

Destin Dawg

December 17th, 2011
5:32 pm

I love TamapGator’s attitude !!! by the way this is a Ga. newspaper and a Ga. blog… I hope Hutson Stays.. we”ll need him.. great passer.. Go Dawgs beat MSU !!!

Destin Dawg

December 17th, 2011
5:35 pm

I read the Fla. newspapers… nobody around here likes the coaching situation in the Swamp…

Greg

December 17th, 2011
5:35 pm

Richt ought to give the guy a chance. He can play. I would play him some rather than lose him. I think he can be better than Murray if you give the guy a chance. It’s crazy not letting him play some.

rally

December 17th, 2011
5:37 pm

I think Mason is a more durable QB in the long run and could get us back to Stafford like days. I have said over and over again. Mason can see over the line more than Murray can. I believe his passes will be more accurate and well floated for recievers to catch. Not taking anything away from Murray. He has done a great job….in a mediocre situation. If its mediocre you want. Murray is your guy to get you by. If you want excellence I believe Mason and Lemay both have it.

Dawgdad (The Original)

December 17th, 2011
5:47 pm

There were so many games when we had the big lead and Murray played on and on. Don’t know if they were trying to build up his stats or just trying to avoid a QB contraversy. I think Mason would outperform the short man if given the chance.

Except for Shockly, Richt is very poor at getting his back ups PT or having them ready when they are needed. He has been this way from the beginning.

this dawg want hunt!!

December 17th, 2011
5:47 pm

this is typical of RIcht and Bobo. They always play their favorite, and they never give anyone a chance, because they dont want everyone to see that they made a mistake. Murray is a joke, and he is terrible in ball protection whether it be ints, or fumbles. Plus the fact he cant throw a deep ball to save his life. Yet Richt and Bobo will get raises for playing favorites and UGA fans can only sit there and ask why. McGarity is an idiot to allow this B.S. to continue. He is a joke as is Richt and Bobo. Get ready for 5 more years of this pathetic coaching and player evaluation, and one more thing, get ready to finish 4th in SECE, because this recruiting class is pathetic.Bama has more commitments from the state of Ga. for 2012 class than UGA. And 5 of them are rated in top 100, this is pathetic and unacceptable, yet this clown McGarity is going to reward this head coach with a raise and extention. UGA is not in good hands with McGarity. He said earlier that it takes more than one dream team to build a championship team, you must have a dream team every year to compete for championships in the SEC. What the hell happened to his comments. Oh i forgot, Adams runs the UGA football program. Just proves that McGarity is full of hot air, and he is again nothing more than a yes man to Adams. McGarity has no authority what so ever as it relates to the football program. So now Richt and Bobo have run off 2 Q.B.s that are better than Murray. Mett, and now Mason. When Bama lines up Jenkins, Tomlinson, Lee, and the top 2 players in the USA next year the tackle from Grayson, and Rueben Foster, that will be 5 of their starting front 7 on defense from Ga. That is the most pathetic job of recruiting i have ever seen, yet this clown RIcht and his coaches get raises and extentions. If this guy was in sales or any other profession he would be fired. But the idiot McGarity gives him an extention. And UGA fans wonder why UGA is playing second fiddle to Bama and LSU. Just look at the A.D, and the head coach. Richt is a total joke, and UGA will NEVER win an SECC with this clown. My God McGarity, grow a pair of balls, or go back to Florida where there A.D. would never put up with RIcht and his medioce program

Bean Counter

December 17th, 2011
5:49 pm

Murray having two years left, we will lose Mason or LeMay. The only way to save both of them would be to red shirt Mason next year. Then he would have one year as quarterback as a senior and the following year would be LeMay’s year. Either that or go to a two quarterback system. This is a good problem to have and as long as we continue to recruit good athletes we will always have this problem.

Rabun Dawg

December 17th, 2011
5:51 pm

I certainly understand Mason’s situation. CMR stays with his qb through thick and thin, and that’s not always a good thing. While Murray has progressed nicely, there have been many times when Murray has struggled and CMR did not give Mason a chance to play. While I hope he stays, I would not blame Mason for transferring. Now the redshirt thing is an interesting possibility, but then you run into the Lemay situation and future qb recruits. There are places around that probably need someone of his ability as the SEC was not blessed with very good qb’s this year. And, if he goes down a notch, he does not have to sit out a year.

tool

December 17th, 2011
5:52 pm

MONKEN WILL COME AND GET HIM

Old Dog

December 17th, 2011
5:53 pm

I would not blame Mason for leaving. He should have gotten more playing time. The trouble is, with our coaches, we are always in desperation mode, so we have to keep Murray in there as long as he can handle it, because we never get enough ahead.

Even with ten wins, we were playing desperation football – remember those fourth-down TD passes? We did those because we didn’t trust our place-kicker. But if we could make fourth-down TD passes, why not make them on the second or third down? (maybe because we were TRYING to run the ball?

Vampire Bill

December 17th, 2011
5:54 pm

Mason has looked very good with the limited amount of playing time. I still have to think that the coaches know what’s best. Love to see Mason get some snaps in a meaningful game. Then we have Lemay….

are all the coaches coming back too?

December 17th, 2011
5:55 pm

Why don’t we redshirt Bobo and Richt for one season and see what happens?

Russell Hall

December 17th, 2011
5:57 pm

A redshirt year for Mason would be a great thing. He is a very talented quarterback, and some space between him and Murray would give him a chance to shine. I hope he stays.

Also, I’m glad to see Boo getting some recognition.

STEPHEN A. DAWG: I told y'all.

December 17th, 2011
5:58 pm

I predicted Mason would have to transfer for a fair chance at getting some playing time. And no one can blame him because he would be crazy to backup Murray, when the idiot coaches don’t have enough guts to open the quarterback competition. Murray doesn’t have a single win over a top twenty school in two years as a starter. He played poorly vs. LSU and clearly is not even an average professional prospect. I’ve seen many QBs at UGA and Adam Murray has as good a chance at the pros as Joe Cox ! LOL ! Murray is the Richt/Bobo braintrust’s favorite and that’s why he will never be a NFL QB because of it. Forget all of the meaningless stats, Murray wasn’t considered for one post-season award, and that says it all. He can’t win a big game and for Georgia to improve at QB, Richt has to open up an un-biased competition for the starting QB job. But he and Bobo aren’t that smart because they play their favorites. Poor D.J. Shockley is out of football now and really is regretting the day he listened to Richt and wasted three years of eligibility on the UGA bench, when he clearly was a Division I starter QB elsewhere. So let’s wish Mason a fond farewell and good luck in the future. Sorry the goon offensive coaches lied and lured you to Georgia just to waste your talent and eligibility. Richt + Bobo = Talent Vampires ! To all top high school QBs out there come to UGA while Richt is here at your own risk. When Richt comes a knocking at your door: Just say NO Dawgs !!

JDawg1785

December 17th, 2011
5:59 pm

I definitely hope Mason stays, but I understand his frustration over lack of playing time. Maybe a redshirt year would do him good to get some distance between him and Murray. He definitely has all the tools to be an outstanding QB for Georgia.

Glad to see Boo moving up on the depth chart. He’s always struck he as a talented and tough runner.

Go Dawgs!

Truth

December 17th, 2011
5:59 pm

@This dawg want hunt (whatever the hell that means?)

Son, not one wants to read anything that long, and didn’t………

GT Man

December 17th, 2011
6:00 pm

Come to Tech, so PJ can make you into a running QB and mess up your chances as a pro !!!!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

December 17th, 2011
6:00 pm

Murray/Lemay show, Mason might as well leave. Like the young mans attitude, but if he isnt going to play. Most popular player on anyteam is the backup QB. Mason will have his following as Mett did, as Shock did as Lemay will. Its simply the nature of the best. Good luck Mason in making the process.

Old Dog

December 17th, 2011
6:01 pm

Also, it does seem like Richt has a thing about loyalty – Murray, Martinez, Bobo.

BigTone

December 17th, 2011
6:01 pm

He’s leaving…who are we kidding. The kid should be a starter. D. J. regrets not playing more, it stunted his development. Hutson can transfer to Central Florida, FAU, FIU and start 3 years.

GTBob

December 17th, 2011
6:04 pm

Stay and never see the field or leave and have a chance to actually play football. Seems like an easy decision to me.

DAWG ONE

December 17th, 2011
6:06 pm

I don’t know who is the reason Mason has not been in more games, Richt or Bobo, but I have wondered at times when we had a nice lead, why Murray was still playing. I am not mesmerized by Murray but appreciate his talent. He can run cold at times. I would enjoy seeing Mason play more.

If Mason does not think NFL, maybe he should stick it out.

vesaversa

December 17th, 2011
6:10 pm

I hope Mason redshirt because from what we are hearing he have some growing up to do beside learning how to throw the deep ball . His time will come soon enough is what i hope Shockley tell him .

Say Whut

December 17th, 2011
6:10 pm

Hey Mason; Good luck on your new school. Doesn’t that free up a scholarship?

DAWG Man

December 17th, 2011
6:16 pm

One of the two will transfer (Mason or Christian LeMay). Both of decent quarterbacks and will not want to sit too long.

Pitbull

December 17th, 2011
6:16 pm

With a redshirt year Mason would be sitting well to be the Dogs starter in 2013 if Murray decides to go pro after his junior year. Aaron Murray reminds me so much of another Aaron up there in green Bay. The offers will come. The question is will Murray want to leave early for the NFL or play his senior season.

Mason will eventually be the starting QB in Athens. The real question is does he want to be at UGA where he is happy or go to a program where they promise him the starting job and find out he is not happy there and the starting job does not work out there either. Case in point is that talented QB who left Oregon and went to Old Miss and he did not mesh with the players there and everyone was unhappy. Ny the way that was the beginning of the end for the Old Miss HC that just left.