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Blog: Coaches want backup QBs to push starter Mason

Hutson Mason’s time as Georgia’s starting quarterback began earlier than expected with two starts at the end of last season, but it’s clear that Bulldogs coaches don’t want Mason to think he’s 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.

“Let me just say this about the QB situation: Hutson’s obviously ahead of everybody,” coach Mark Richt said after Tuesday’s first day of spring practice. “But we don’t want any position to think there’s no chance that anybody can take my job, or take playing time or whatever. So we’re telling everybody to compete for the starting job. We’re not saying, hey try to win the No. 2 job. I’m not trying to cause a controversy at all, because Hutson is clearly in the lead. But it’s going be his job to keep it that way and it’s going be the other guy’s job to try to close the gap. And I told that to the rest of the team, too.”

As you might expect for a guy that’s a redshirt senior, Mason has “total command of what we’re trying to do offensively,” Richt said.

Then comes Bauta.

“Faton is getting a lot more reps and he’s doing well,” Richt said. “You could tell he’s 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’s a lot of stuff going on. We just don’t 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’re going to come to the line and see what’s going on and run the ball to where we think the softest spot of the defense is or check to a pass.”

As for the freshmen, Richt said: “Brice is certainly a lot farther along than he was a year ago. And you know Jacob, his head is spinning. I can’t imagine how bad his head is spinning right now. He did some good things as he’s trying to learn what to do.”

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