Notebook: QB Hutson Mason hopes he doesn’t get called on

GEORGIA FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

ATHENS — If all goes as Hutson Mason hopes, he won’t play Saturday against Buffalo. If he gets his way, he won’t play all season.

That may seem like an odd aspiration for a backup quarterback at an SEC school, but it makes perfect sense to Mason, a junior quarterback from Marietta.

Mason is the Bulldogs’ clear No. 2 quarterback behind three-year starter Aaron Murray. But the Lassiter High graduate hopes to redshirt this season in order to put a year of eligibility between him and Murray. That way he will have at least a year to possibly run the offense as the starter after Murray graduates.

“I never really pictured it to go this way,” said Mason, who set the Georgia high school record for passing yards (4,560) and touchdown passes (54) as a senior. “It’s so funky and there are so many what-ifs.”

The main what-if is Murray. Mason has backed up Murray the past two seasons and has been very impressive in doing so, completing 27 of 47 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. But Mason has had few snaps in meaningful games. Almost all of his work has come in mop-up duty late in blowouts.

Much of that is a testament to Murray’s durability. Mason has called his good buddy “Superman” because he never gets hurt. Mason hopes that if he gets a year between him and Murray, he could lead the Bulldogs in some marquee games.

“I’ve never hoped Aaron gets hurt,” Mason said. “I love Aaron.  I’m knocking on wood hoping Aaron lights it up and stays healthy.

“But it’s basically the same thing for me this year. Coaches have told me that I’m the No. 2 guy, and if Murray goes down I’m going to go in. But then you’d have to figure out how long he might be out for and that kind of thing. So I’m just treating it the exact same way and preparing the same way I did last year. I’m hoping I don’t play but, at the same time, I’ve got to get ready.”

That’s what Georgia’s coaches are saying. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo has made it clear that Mason is his second-best guy and, half-jokingly, refuses to acknowledge that redshirting is an option for him.

Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Christian LeMay is available to take snaps in a blowout scenario such as the Bulldogs could have Saturday against Buffalo. But he apparently is not quite ready to jump into the firestorm that is SEC play.

Coach Mark Richt wasn’t even guaranteeing snaps for LeMay on Saturday. “Our plan is to line up with Aaron and try to win the game,” he said. “We don’t have a plan like with D.J. [Shockley] back in the day where we knew he was going to play in the first half. We’ll just see how the game goes and sub if possible.”

Dantzler OK as gap-filler

Line coaches often refer to plays such as Watts Dantzler as “puddy” or “caulk.” It’s meant to be a compliment, as in “you can plug him into any gap and he’ll fill in.”

That’s the role that has befallen the hulking sophomore heading into the season. Though he began preseason camp No. 1 at right tackle, he ended it as No. 2 at as many as four positions. Center is the only position at which he hasn’t taken snaps in August.

“I actually took some snaps at center this summer,” said Dantzler, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound sophomore from Dalton. “If they wanted me to I would do that but I don’t think Boss would like it. Other than that I’ve played just about every position. And I think it’s helped me. I’m very confident in the playbook and the calls.”

Dantzler was beaten out at right tackle by freshman John Theus, a five-star signee who has been impressive since the outset. After that Dantzler began to get a lot of work at right tackle. In last half of camp he started to work at left tackle and guard.

“It’s difficult switching positions., especially having to switch stances on the left side,” Dantzler said. “But I think I’m versatile and know what to do at any given position. So I think that helps out.”

Dantzler said he was disappointed to not win the job at right tackle, but said Theus deserves to start.

“I have a lot of things I’ve got to work; I’ve got to get better, definitely,” he said. “I’m happy for the ones. I think we’ve got a great offensive line. The starting five is really good and I think me and Austin [Long] are both definitely ready to step in and contribute when our time is called.”

Practice report

The sixth-ranked Bulldogs completed their 26th practice of the preseason on Wednesday with a 90-minute practice in jerseys, shorts and helmets Wednesday.

“We’re ready to go,”  Richt said. “Let’s play some football. We’re about done, we’ve got one more day of practice.”

Thursday the Bulldogs will have a brief non-contact practice walk-through Saturday’s game plan.

Etc.

Asked what positions most intrigued him to see in action Saturday, Richt said “punters and kickers.” Also, “it’ll be fun to watch our backs.” … Tight end Jay Rome remained “limited” in Georgia’s practice Wednesday with a hamstring strain and is questionable for Saturday’s game. … Nose guard Kwame Geathers (shoulder bruise) and defensive end Cornelius Washington (neck sprain) returned to practice and will be able to play Saturday.

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Bama in Atlanta

August 29th, 2012
10:04 pm

Play for Buffalo in the first game to make it interesting!

Bug Squasher

August 29th, 2012
10:07 pm

I can’t wait!!!

Chipper

August 29th, 2012
10:09 pm

You guys are slow tonight! Where are all the techies? Buffalo Buffalo big Dawgs!

Grantham's The Man!

August 29th, 2012
10:11 pm

It’a almost time for football in Athens! Can’t wait!

Bama in Atlanta

August 29th, 2012
10:12 pm

Chipper, I think the techies are watching The Big Bang Theory reruns and wondering what’s so funny about playing Klingon Boggle.

Tampa Gator

August 29th, 2012
10:31 pm

Just so you know…..Dawg fans……Phil Steele……the most accurate preseason prognosticator for college football (he picked Georgia to win the East last year)……picked the Gators tonight on ESPN to not only win the East but to seriously challenge for the SEC title in the championship game…….saying Florida has the best defense in the SEC….one of the best special teams in America…..and will improve dramatically on offense under Pease this year. Just so you know…..all of you saying the Gators are doomed under Muschamp.

Tampa Gator

August 29th, 2012
10:32 pm

By the way……I agree with Mr. Mason…….Georgia better hope Murray does not get hurt this year.

Joe Cox

August 29th, 2012
10:37 pm

man i love the dogs

Dude

August 29th, 2012
10:37 pm

Floriduh’s O will struggle worse than a Bobo offense. Defense will be nearly as good as Dawgs. Not a contender in the end with their schedule.

rex

August 29th, 2012
10:38 pm

With such a great recruiting class a couple years ago, Florida should be world beaters. To bad they have a monkey for a coach.

Dawg#

August 29th, 2012
10:41 pm

Mason, man he’s gonna be awesome when he finally gets his chance

Erk

August 29th, 2012
11:13 pm

I’d like to see DickSamIV get the start. Even if it’s just one carry. We all know the freshmen will take over the backfield by season’s end. That would be a classy move by CMR to say “thank you” to such a DGD.

GB's Hamburgers

August 29th, 2012
11:17 pm

So everyone is excited about the season getting started? It’s little more than a scrimmage. I don’t think we want anymore Boise State’s. It takes two or three games in before we’re ready for a normal first game. So I guess it’s better this way.

AthDog

August 29th, 2012
11:39 pm

good luck to the Dogs!

Pj

August 29th, 2012
11:54 pm

9-10 NFL guys on D – 3rd year qb – playmakers all over the place – I’m good. Go dawgs.

jocrazy

August 30th, 2012
12:19 am

just wanna say how proud all these div 2 and black colleges r for taking kids and giving them educations makes us honest people who pay taxes and not being in the click how can these colleges take school for real

MY DAWG

August 30th, 2012
12:27 am

Let me say it now, If Goergia beats SC in Columbia, they will win it all. William Brice stadium has turned into a menacing place. We sat in the stands 2 years ago and watched ML run over the Dawgs. Then after the game, we had to basically fight our way through drunk tailgating(game) cock lovers throwing obsenity after obsenity our way. I will never spend another dime there.It was a hellish enviroment both in and outside the stadium. GO DAWGS!

BigDawg

August 30th, 2012
12:29 am

The time is now! We got juked in 2007, ranked 4th and the top two teams lose and we don’t go to the BCS because we were not SEC champs. Good job Less Miles and ESPN! Of course, Satan and O’bama didn’t face the same rules. Hmmm….

RED DOG 77

August 30th, 2012
12:38 am

Tampa Gator………..I don’t think ‘ol Phil is thinking straight, Florida may well be back in the next couple years………..but 2012?………..Ain’t gonna happen T…………You wanna talk D? you should be looking at the South Carolina Gamecocks and Todd Granthams “Attack Dawgs”………….Now that game will be a good’un for three quarters, but DOGS win by at least 17 points mabe more………….Yup, ‘ol Phil may know how to pick’em…………..but I’m better……….it’s gonna take the “muskrat” a little longer to put Florida back on the map……….But me? I wish you and your Gators well except for that funky little game we play each year in Jacksonville………….We win that one too, and this year we win big………..no more squeakers for a while………………….Regards, RED

Chuck UGA

August 30th, 2012
12:45 am

2012 SEC Football Champions-to-be!

Chuck UGA

August 30th, 2012
12:48 am

Tampa Gator, you are wrong about Phil Steele’s accuracy. Bought his magazine for 25+ years. He ain’t that good. Florida will lose to Georgia.

7576DAWG

August 30th, 2012
12:54 am

Tampa Gator
I agree that Florida is a very good team but my question is do they have a leader. Not knowing exactly who the Quarterback will be is a huge problem for them. The entire team feeds off the Quarterback.
I will admit that Georgia should have lost last years game against Florida. For some reason Murray completely go’s off the deep end when we play Florida. He has not been able to control his emotions or patience. We will just have to wait and see if he has finally learned to be the leader that Richt and Bobo have hoped for.

Huh?

August 30th, 2012
1:12 am

Bigdawg…comparing what happened to UGA in 2007 to what happened to Bama last year is a ridiculous arguement. The only thing those two teams had in common was that neither won the conference title.

2007 was 5 years ago. Let it go.

Jimmy

August 30th, 2012
1:36 am

I don’t like the backup QB situation. So if Murray just sprains his ankle in week 2, and just missed the game against Mizzou (and comes back the next game), then Mason replaces him and loses the ability to redshirt over just part of ONE game???? Makes no sense. LeMay SHOULD be ready. That says a lot about Bobo as a QB coach, IMO.

Also, doesn’t each team have 29 practices available over the summer, or am I wrong?? Even if the practice over the next 2 days, that’s only 28 practices. You’re telling me this team is so good they can afford to leave a practice unused?? THAT says a lot about Richt’s abilities to coordinate a schedule, IMO.

jocrazy is so rude

August 30th, 2012
1:51 am

That is very rude what u say about d2 schools and hbcu’s.. I got into Uga but picked a historically black college… I am a successful business owner at 28. I pay taxes… and got a great undergrad and finished with a 3.8 at mercer. Ignorance like your comments is why 2 or 3 of georgias hbcu’s are being stripped of their historical titles in the next 3 years.. that’s y UGA can’t win a title… Carla from ignorant people like YOU….

WtfWruthnkn

August 30th, 2012
5:01 am

Funny how only one person called jocrazy on his bs….because racisim is dead I guess. Ignoring it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist

Jason in Gainesville

August 30th, 2012
5:14 am

How can LeMay not be ready? hasnt he had almost 2 years to learn the play book, strength and conditioning, as well as practicing with an SEC team? When will he be ready, when it is time to go? Another Joe Cox scenario in 2 years?

Columbus

August 30th, 2012
5:30 am

Bama is going down this year. Wont win their division. Wont get the oppurtunity to get beat by the Dawgs in the championship game.

Its the year of the Dawgs. See all you haters and doubters in January…..

Columbus

August 30th, 2012
5:34 am

Dude, no we got Mason 1-2 years from now and then or Ramsey with Lemay backing up….Cox was an anomoly. That will NEVER happen again. We didnt want to burn a year from Murray or Mettenberger and gave the senior the reigns of what everyone knew was going to be losing year…

CHDawg

August 30th, 2012
6:51 am

It is utterly pointless to argue who will win specific games two months from now because everybody knows that anything can happen between now and then; however, I am going to agree with Tampa Gator and Phil Steele on this much–the Gators are being overlooked in a serious way, and they are much better than people realize. The D should be awesome. In fact, trying to rank UF, USC, and UGA is tough right now. I think the SECE is much stronger than the media think. I also think the West is slightly weaker than last year, but still the strongest. I expect SC or UF to beat either UA or LSU in a game and I expect both to beat ARK. The Dawgs are dependent on the O line and not getting injured in key spots. If our O line is strong we will be very hard to beat by anybody, and if they are weak we will likely come up short. They have huge challenges in front of them in SC and UF. The season is largely on their shoulders imho.

CHDawg

August 30th, 2012
6:56 am

Oops, should read one to beat LSU and SC to beat ARK. Go Dawgs!

Galen Hall

August 30th, 2012
6:57 am

Tampa Gayter, apparently Phil Steele did not see you guys play FSU, it was painful. I almost felt sorry for you. Couldnt even get a first down. You lost skill people off of that team.

bitter troll

August 30th, 2012
7:07 am

friggen red-necks and the –race card–this early—spoil my moment with my cup of coffee-freaks——GO DAWGS AND BEST OF LUCK MASON

—–STAY SHARP—-TURNOVER MURRY MAY RES-UR-RECK HIMSELF IN GAME 2

GTDog

August 30th, 2012
7:13 am

I’m just impressed that anyone was able to figure out WHAT that joecrazy guy was talking about…

Tampa Gator

August 30th, 2012
7:23 am

@Galen Hall……

FSU had less that 100 yards of total offense in that game. And yes, John Brantley was and is horrible….and he is gone. So are the scat backs that were better suited for the spread. And that is all the Gators lost last year. Gillislee is going to be a much better back in this offense and Pease’s offensive scheme will significantly improve the Gators O this year.

@7576….

As Phil Steele stated last night……Bama started last year with the inexperienced McCarron and Sims alternating in game one……and McCarron stepped up in that game and Bama did OK after that. Driskell and Brissett are very talented QBs and I expect the battle between the two of them is going to turn one, or maybe both, into outstanding QBs for the Gators….this year. But time will tell.

chazzo

August 30th, 2012
7:24 am

Tampa Gator,

I don’t think the Gators are doomed. I’ve always maintained that it’s crazy to think that Jax is a foregone conclusion based on athleticism alone. But, what I want to ask you is where does a prognosticator line up on the field? I don’t care what Phil Steel or any of them predict.

Tampa Gator

August 30th, 2012
7:29 am

ChuckUGA…..

I too have read him over the years….and I beg to differ with you. His track record for evaluating talent on teams and making predictions has been outstanding over the years….as clearly stated on ESPN last night. He is considered an expert in evaluating teams after the previous season and during the preseason. He crunches data and evaluates it like no other.

Tampa Gator

August 30th, 2012
7:30 am

chazzo…..

Obviously that is the case. But none of us line up on the field either. We are just giving our opinions, talking about college football, enjoying our hobby, and looking forward to kickoff tonight.

We Run The East

August 30th, 2012
7:34 am

Dawgs have not beat a top 20 team in years. Lost last 2 games played in 2011. Sounds like a championship program to me!? Only team getting more undeserved hype than the Dawgs are the Clemson Tigers. Clemson humiliated in last 2 games (SC and WV). Beat somebody (Dawgs only play 1 top 20 team, SC) then you can crow. Until then, we all know who is top team in SEC East, South Carolina!

Game Changer

August 30th, 2012
7:35 am

Everyone better hope Mason plays early and alot if UGA expects to win the East and compete with top teams, AM is a failure gone wrong for the past two season and now starting the third.

Vampire Bill

August 30th, 2012
7:50 am

So the question is whether Lemay is a late bloomer or a bust? Don’t really hear much about him?

Lets really hope Murray steps up his game. Less interceptions and fumbles.

thenumber34

August 30th, 2012
7:57 am

Game changer.. the only game you have is in butt darts.

CHDawg

August 30th, 2012
7:58 am

Changer, if Murray gets blocking this year, I think he is a serious Heisman contender. He has been rated higher than Mett and Barkley in competitions in the past. Bottom line is that if we block for Murray, he can pick anybody apart.
Run East, I realize you are anti-Dawg, but that is a dumb argument buddy. Look at the 1926 Yankees. They lost the World Series (the big games at the end of the season), but the next year they became one of the truly legendary baseball teams of all time. What changed about Ruth, Gehrig and company in the one year? Last year was last year and this year is a whole new ball game.

Bulldog59

August 30th, 2012
8:11 am

Tampa Gator, I don’t doubt you are correct quoting Phil Steele’s prediction, but I’m not sure I understand it. His web page, dated today, has UF at #24, SC at #10, and UGA at #6, yet he says UF will win the East? If he’s that confident the Gators will be much improved in 2012, wouldn’t he rank them higher? Must be some sort of new math………

He has LSU at #1, Bama at #3, and Arkansas at #7. Who did he pick to win the West?

PIERCE DAWG

August 30th, 2012
8:13 am

TAMPA GATOR with your joke of a coach and offense,the gators will not get it done this year. Defense okay,but does not hold a candle to the GRAHAM DOG DEFENSE. REMEMBER THE PIERCE COUNTY DAWG TOLD YOU SO. GOT TO PLAY THE GAME,REPORTERS CAN,T PLAY IT FOR YOU. GO DOGS!!!!

CHDawg

August 30th, 2012
8:31 am

On the QB issue, I noticed on the ABH site (also one of my favorites) the media are beginning to talk about Lemay being African American, and I saw this–that they asked Christian what he thought about being the third AA to potentially start there (after Q Carter and DJ), and I was just shocked. These poor guys have *totally* forgotten one of our most exciting QBs to watch–James Jackson, and another great Dawg–Wayne Johnson, both from the 80s. I hope the ABH will run a piece on both of those guys as an act of repentance!! Go Dawgs.

RxDawg

August 30th, 2012
8:31 am

This is a weird situation. I really hope it works out for Mason.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 30th, 2012
8:34 am

Happy Gameday, dogs.

Pretty sure yall will be watching the Gamecocks beat Vandy tonight.

Its kindof strange playing Vandy to start the season but its good to get them out of the way before they get stronger.

Wouldn’t be surprised to see Vandy upset some teams this year, especially a team like Ga.

Good luck, dogs.

Aaron Murray again

August 30th, 2012
8:35 am

Murray is not a finished product, but practically every QB does better his last two years than his first two.

As to Murray’s skills, I will defer to the likes of Archie Manning, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, and other coaches who rate him highly, over Gamechanger and other posters whose credentials I suspect are inferior to those mentioned.