When the college football season ended last year, the realization set in that Aaron Murray, after four years, would no longer be the starting quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs. That gruesome knee injury that he suffered at the end of the season against the Kentucky Wildcats would be the last we’d ever see of the SEC record-breaker.
Luckily for the Georgia coaching staff, there’s an experienced backup that is ready to step right in this season in the form of senior Hutson Mason, and he has already showed that he has what it takes to make sure this Bulldogs offense doesn’t miss a beat with Murray gone.
In the spring game a few weeks ago, Mason was outstanding, completing 18-of-27 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown in the scrimmage. He looked comfortable, poised and ready to make his own mark on the SEC this season.
Of course, as you would expect, Mason is extremely grateful to get this shot, but he knows that he has limited time to make that mark and he’s going to take full advantage of it.
“When you get one shot, you get one opportunity, you want to make sure that you do everything right,” Mason told ESPN.com in early April. “You want to make sure that you don’t have any regrets because I don’t get four years. I don’t have time to get my feet wet. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I wanted to be remembered as a champion.”
We’ll see when the season is all said and done whether or not Mason could make himself be remembered as a champion like he wants to be, and if his performance this spring has been any indication, there’s a good chance he could help bring the Dawgs some hardware back to Athens.