Hutson Mason‚Äôs time as Georgia‚Äôs starting quarterback began earlier than expected with two starts at the end of last season, but it‚Äôs clear that Bulldogs coaches don‚Äôt want Mason to think he‚Äôs not competing this spring.
Or more importantly, they don‚Äôt want the guys behind him‚Äîredshirt sophomore Faton Bauta, redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey and true freshman Jacob Park–thinking they are shooting only for the No. 2 spot.
‚ÄúLet me just say this about the QB situation: Hutson‚Äôs obviously ahead of everybody,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said after Tuesday‚Äôs first day of spring practice. ‚ÄúBut we don‚Äôt want any position to think there‚Äôs no chance that anybody can take my job, or take playing time or whatever. So we‚Äôre telling everybody to compete for the starting job. We‚Äôre not saying, hey try to win the No. 2 job. I‚Äôm not trying to cause a controversy at all, because Hutson is clearly in the lead. But it‚Äôs going be his job to keep it that way and it‚Äôs going be the other guy‚Äôs job to try to close the gap. And I told that to the rest of the team, too.‚Äù
As you might expect for a guy that‚Äôs a redshirt senior, Mason has ‚Äútotal command of what we‚Äôre trying to do offensively,‚Äù Richt said.
Then comes Bauta.
‚ÄúFaton is getting a lot more reps and he‚Äôs doing well,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúYou could tell he‚Äôs still not 100 percent certain on every single situation but we pride ourselves at Georgia to try not to waste any plays offensively. In doing so, the quarterbacks got to make a lot of decisions at the line of scrimmage according to what he sees defensively. There‚Äôs a lot of stuff going on. We just don‚Äôt call a running play like R46 or R Toss 48 or whatever it is and you just come to the line and toss it, no matter what. You‚Äôre going to come to the line and see what‚Äôs going on and run the ball to where we think the softest spot of the defense is or check to a pass.‚Äù
As for the freshmen, Richt said: ‚ÄúBrice is certainly a lot farther along than he was a year ago. And you know Jacob, his head is spinning. I can‚Äôt imagine how bad his head is spinning right now. He did some good things as he‚Äôs trying to learn what to do.‚Äù
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