Hutson Mason 'frustrated' after Aaron Murray decides to return to UGA
by John Bednarowski
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January 08, 2013 12:01 AM | 37023 views | 16 16 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Lassiter star Hutson Mason, the backup quarterback at Georgia, will likely have to wait one more season before getting his chance to start.
Former Lassiter star Hutson Mason, the backup quarterback at Georgia, will likely have to wait one more season before getting his chance to start.
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Georgia backup quarterback Hutson Mason found out Aaron Murray was returning to the Bulldogs for the 2013 season like everyone else did on Sunday – when Murray sent it to his followers on Twitter.

It was not the message the former Lassiter High School star had been hoping for. As happy as he is to have his friend return to Athens for another season, it was easy to tell that the competitor in Mason was waiting to hear Murray announce he was heading to the NFL Draft.

“I’m frustrated,” Mason said. “It’s frustrating because I was hoping for the opportunity to compete to be the guy this year.”

Mason said that when he sat down with Georgia coach Mark Richt last winter -- when Mason was deciding between redshirting for the 2012 season or transferring -- that Richt told him if Murray had another big season, there would be a good chance he leave school early.

Murray threw for 3,898 with 36 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions in 2012 and now has nearly every significant Georgia passing record except the career yardage mark (Murray has 10,096 yards and is 1,432 yards behind David Greene’s 11,528), yet he decided to come back anyway.

But Mason made it clear that he was not lied to, or misled, about his future.

“No, not at all,” Mason said. “Coach Richt is a straight up honest guy. He can’t make Aaron’s decision for him. Nobody promised me anything.”

“I’ve enjoyed my time learning and (playing) behind Aaron. He’s a classy guy and I only wish him the best in whatever he does.”

This scenario is actually a main reason why Mason redshirted last season, to make sure that he guaranteed himself at least one year of eligibility post Murray. In his three years with the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-3, 200 pound Mason has seen limited action, playing in eight games, completing 27 of 47 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns. His last action was a fourth-quarter drive against LSU in the 2011 SEC championship game

Mason, the Georgia High School single-season passing record holder with 4,560 yards and 54 touchdowns, said at this time, his plan is to stay at Georgia and return as Murray’s backup for a third season, but he has yet to sit down with Richt and the offensive coaches to see what his role will be next season.

“I would like to see my (college) career end at UGA,” Mason said.

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Henry3556
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January 14, 2013
They are not going to open up competition. No coach would. If number 2 QB shows better, then there is a QB conflict. FYI, Mason outplayed Murray this past spring.
Bullywomper
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January 10, 2013
My sentiments exactly. I was thinking, what if Richt opens up the competition and Mason wins? Problem is Murray has the resume' and Mason is an unknown comodity in live games.
Mark G
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January 09, 2013
There is open competition every spring at georgia, that concludes with the g-day game. Why do you think two freshmen running backs got all the carries this year? Its not like they were the only backs, just the best. They beat out guys like Richard Samuel, who has been the ultimate team player at UGA. No entitlement with coach Richt, best guy plays period.
Coastal Dog SSI
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January 09, 2013
UGA needs to play Mason; he deserves more than clean up duty. Or, he should have left a couple of years ago. I'm just sayin!
need a change
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January 09, 2013
If I'm not mistaken, Hutson has out performed Murray in every preseason scrimmage since he's been at UGA, so why haven't they played him? Why don't they pull Murray when he's having a bad game and we all know that happens alot. I say make it a true open competition starting this Spring and have the coaches, other than Bobo decide who should be the QB next year.
appears ajamor
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January 09, 2013
I feel for Hutson I really do. And I think Richt was also a long term back up at Miami back in the day too. But things often work out unlike we plan (dont give up on Tebow yet either). Murray could get hurt before or during next season. Murry could struggle against Clemson or SC early and get benched reopening the competition. Hutson may go the coaching route after graduation (like Richt and Bobo did). Hutson may sign as an undrafted free agent with an NFL team and get his shot later than planed. Plus a dozen other possible scenarios.
anonymous
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January 09, 2013
It's simple. Work on yourself and don't worry about others. If Mason doesn't like Murray coming back, outplay him in the spring. Don't whine and complain.
Steven87
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January 09, 2013
You are ridiculous. He isn't whining and, in fact, it seems like he is being rather graceful. If he threw the football 100 yards, behind his back and blind-folded, there is no way they start him over Murray.Just the way it is. Murray has certainly earned the right to start and play, but don't label this guy a whiner when you know that they recruited the daylights out of this guy. I'm a GT fan so I don't really care too much either way.
HuskerDog
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January 09, 2013
Politics with Bobo is pretty obvious. Nobody wants to hurt Murreys feelings because he can't take the preasure
Anonymous too
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January 09, 2013
Hutson has outplayed Murray in everything Spring and fall team scrimmage so why wasn't he put in when Murray plays bad, and that's happened alot.
RunNreds
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January 08, 2013
Russell said it right. Not elequent but next year will be huge
Michael Evans
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January 08, 2013
Mason had the same opportunity as Murray coming in to Georgia to earn the starting QB position, but he didn't. I believe that Mason is a great athlete & could possibly start for many teams. But, Murray has earned the right to finish his college career as QB for the Dawgs.
John Mathews
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January 08, 2013
Poor kid, he deserves his shot. Who knows, he may have that clutch gene that Murray is lacking. I do not think Murray can improve his draft stock with another year at UGA but if Murray can find a way to play well in the big games he will be a welcome return.
Russell Johnson
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January 08, 2013
Anyone who thinks that Aaron Murray is not the best possible option for Georgia football right now is an Idiot.
Jack Sweney
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January 08, 2013
Hutson should transfer to a place like USC Trojans or Florida State.
John Mathews
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January 08, 2013
Is he a better QB in terms of talent? Probably? Does he choke in the big games? I think his performances in games of significance speaks for itself. Also you have never even seen the other kids play, so to say Murray is far and away the best QB on that roster is stupid in its own right. Certain players have a clutch gene (Brett Favre comes to mind) and Murray certainly does not have it. We need a player with that clutch gene in games like when we play LSU, Clemson, and South Carolina in the same month as well as Florida later in the year if we want any shot at a title next year. Murray may be the best QB on the team but giving him the starting job just because he is the incumbent is silly, at least make it a competition so he does not become complacent...
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