2014:The Year of Hutson Mason
Hutson Mason has started two games at the University of Georgia. After leading an injury riddled Bulldog offense to a thrilling overtime victory against Georgia Tech his first time out, the 2014 Gator Bowl did not have a happy ending. UGA’s depleted roster, coupled with too many mistakes resulted in the Dawgs coming up short against Nebraska by a final score of 24-19. UGA finished this past season with five defeats.
Hutson Mason Finally Plays with a Full Deck
The Georgia starting quarterback will get the opportunity to play with a full supporting cast when the 2014 season rolls around. Injuries were an epidemic for Bulldog Nation from start to finish in 2013, so it is likely better health alone will translates to more consistent results on the field.
According to Dog Bytes, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo felt Hutson Mason had a great spring. Bobo remarked in part, “I thought Hutson had an outstanding spring, really stepped up in the leadership department.”
Bobo also noticed the Georgia signal caller working to make the most out of each play even while the skill level around him is not yet at full strength.
Taking the Pressure off of Gurshall
Priority number one for Hutson Mason is to keep teams honest, and prevent them from stacking the box against the Dawgs. This task seems simple enough, considering he has coveted the opportunity to be the starting quarterback at UGA for more than four years.
Learning From the Past
In recent years, there have been three starting quarterbacks who have been afforded a single season to leave their paw print on the Georgia program. Of the three names about to be discussed, this strategy only worked out heavily in Georgia’s favor on one occasion.
D.J. Shockley (2005)
D.J. Shockley led Bulldog Nation to a ten-win season during his lone year as the starter in 2005. UGA finished 10-3, won the SEC title and appeared in the 2006 Sugar Bowl.
Joe Tereshinski III (2006)
The kid known as “Joe T” never really had the opportunity to take root as a starter between the hedges. After stepping in for an injured D.J. Shockley against Florida in 2005, Tereshinski came into 2006 as the head signal caller. However, Joe T injured his ankle during the second game of his final campaign. Upon returning to the field, his lack of success proved to be his downfall. Following an embarrassing homecoming loss to Vanderbilt, Tereshinski was benched in favor of Matthew Stafford.
Joe Cox (2009)
Much like Hutson Mason and Joe Tereshinski III, Joe Cox had to be patient for his opportunity to lead the Dawgs. Cox provided flashes of brilliance during 2009, guiding the Bulldogs to eight wins. Even so, far too many turnovers combined with a young supporting cast spelled mediocrity in Athens. The 2009 Georgia Bulldogs went 4-4 in Southeastern Conference play.
Striving to get Everything Right
In an interview with ESPN, Hutson Mason made it clear that his goal is to win as much as possible. “When you get one shot, you get one opportunity, you want to make sure that you do everything right. You want to make sure that you don’t have any regrets because I don’t get four years.”
The year of Hutson Mason begins on Saturday, August 30, at home against Clemson.