SEC record(s)-holder Aaron Murray tore his ACL in a blowout win over Kentucky last weekend. With their starting quarterback now done for the year like so many of his teammates, Georgia will hand the reins of its offense to backup Hutson Mason. The junior will be called upon to lead the Dawgs in this weekend’s game at Georgia Tech.
“I think Hutson is ready. Hutson has worked extremely hard. I say this a lot, and it’s true — your second-team quarterback has to be just as prepared as your first team guy, but going into the game, you never really know if you’re going to get into the game. It’s a hard thing to do. I spent a lot of time being a backup quarterback (at Miami), so I know. I can promise you that he is a lot more prepared than I was back in my day. I wasn’t as mature as he is.
In the spring, he’s with the second-team offensive line and second team offense versus the #1 defense, and you’ve got to try to have some success in that situation. That’s not always easy to do, but he’s been able to do that. He’s been a guy that’s been able to make plays and get drives going when maybe other people just kind of folded up. That’s been great experience for him, and now he’s the guy.”
For his career, Mason is 51-of-82 (62.1%) for 705 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
Meanwhile, some Grade A jackass began a thread called “I am happy Aaron Murray got injured” on the a Georgia Tech fan website called StingTalk.com. Bulldog receiver Chris Conley said he’s also gotten nasty comments from Yellow Jacket fans via Twitter (the greatest refuge for cowards our society has to date created).
“… just some of the comment that were made about players on the team being injured, namely players that just got injured, it kind of pissed some people off,” Conley said. “It rubs them wrong. There’s no search for motivation for this game… We’ve had a lot of people injured and they’ve talked about a lot of them.”
A beat-up Georgia team with a backup quarterback will attempt to take out a little revenge on the Insects from the Institute on Saturday.
(For those old enough to remember, that may have been the best moniker ever handed out by the old “Leonard’s Losers” radio show… the host himself a UGA grad.)