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Georgia’s Richt Praises New Starting QB Mason; Pathetic Tech Fans “Happy Murray Got Injured”

1385304581000-hutson-mason-uga-kuSEC 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.

There’s one guy who isn’t worried about the change in quarterbacks… Georgia coach Mark Richt:

 

“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.)

 

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SEC Headlines – 1/13/12 Part One

1.  Former Florida running back Jeff Demps is focusing on Olympic track, not NFL football.

2.  Backup Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason has decided whether to transfer or not… but he’s not announced the decision yet.

3.  UGA feels good about its tight end situation even without departing underclassman Orson Charles.

4.  Kentucky’s field goal percentage defense is historically good.

5.  South Carolina — in a class move — has invited ex-quarterback Stephen Garcia to take part in the school’s Pro Day.

6.  This fella’s 2012 pre-preseason Top 25 has five SEC teams in the Top 10 and the Cocks are at #7.

7.  Tennessee fell 62-58 at Mississippi State last night, but the Vols continue to show improvement.

8.  Today, Vandy’s James Franklin made the hires of George Barlow (defensive backs, defensive recruiting coordinator) and Josh Gattis (receivers, offensive recruiting coordinator) official.

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SEC Headlines – 10/13/11 Part Two

1.  Florida still hasn’t named a starting quarterback for Saturday.

2.  Was the Gators’ defense given too much hype?

3.  Hoops coach Billy Donovan is close to signing a contract extension that would take him through his 20th season in Gainesville.  (This year will be his 16th.)

4.  Georgia’s offensive line is the heaviest in American football — college or NFL.

5.  Highly-recruited backup quarterback Hutson Mason says he’ll have to decide what’s best for his future at the end of the season.

6.  There’s a lot of negativity surrounding Kentucky’s football team… and it’s not just in the press.

7.  During the introduction at Kentucky’s tip-off luncheon yesterday, Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com passed on proper decorum and took a cheap shot at the personal life of Rick Pitino.  (Personally, I get a kick out of KSR.com and I share the same hometown in Kentucky with Jones, but this one went a foot or two over the line.  Best to leave a man’s personal life out of it.)

8.  John Calipari says winning a national championship without having any players drafted into the NBA would be a disappointment.

9.  Carolina’s Steve Spurrier wants Connor Shaw to keep wearing a glove on his throwing hand.  (If he’s looking for a glove, this beats this.)

10.  With no clear #2 quarterback the Gamecocks will be walking a tightrope the rest of the way.

11.  Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is frustrated by his squad’s struggles.

12.  Cuonzo Martin will have to turn Bruce Pearl’s guys into his guys this season.

13.  Jordan Rodgers took most of the first-team snaps yesterday, but he’s not been named Vandy’s starting quarterback yet.

14.  Whoever starts for VU, he may want to be careful.  Georgia’s defense has banged up three straight opposing quarterbacks.

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SEC Headlines – 8/8/11 Part One

Sorry we had to go with a links-only approach on the main page last week.  We’ve been tackling some business-related issues on the back end in the past few days.  Should lead to some improvements in the site that we feel you’ll enjoy.  (Those should launch in the coming weeks, by the way.)

At any rate… on with the daily SEC news:


1.  Will Muschamp says Frankie Hammond Jr. is Florida’s most consistent receiver.

2.  You can put Jeff Demps’ name on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List.

3.  Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo likes what he sees from Georgia’s young, thin running back corps.

4.  Hutson Mason is solid as UGA’s #2 quarterback behind Aaron Murray.

5.  Some new Dawgs are getting praise while others are getting a push from coaches.

6.  Expansion elsewhere in the nation hasn’t changed the fact that the SEC is still the league to beat for the BCS championship.

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