Hutson Mason is poised to make his second start for Georgia on New Year’s Day in the Gator Bowl and start the 2014 season as expected as the Bulldogs’ guy at quarterback after waiting for three years for the gig.
The intrigue this spring and preseason at the position may be how things shake out behind him.
Faton Bauta moved up to the No. 2 spot after Aaron Murray’s college career ended with a torn ACL.
Freshman Brice Ramsey will be coming off a redshirt season and early enrollee Jacob Park will join the mix for spring practice.
I asked offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who coaches the quarterbacks, what he has to work with behind Mason.
I didn’t ask about redshirt sophomore Christian LeMay, who fell behind walk-on Parker Welch on the depth chart, and has missed practice time this week for what were described as personal reasons.
LeMay is expected back at practice today.
“I really don’t know what I’ve got,” Bobo said. “Aaron and Hutson have taken the majority of the reps this whole season until Aaron got hurt. It’s hard to rep three guys. Faton gets a little bit here and there, but I do think three talented guys.”
Here’s what he had to say about Bauta, Ramsey and Park.
On Bauta, 6-3, 216, redshirt freshman, West Palm Beach, Fla.: “Faton is a little bit of a hybrid, a little bit so to speak. A little bit different than what we’ve had here in the past. He’ll bring more an element to possibly run, not necessarily the zone read that Aaron has run occasionally, but more of the runs where the quarterback powers and stuff that you see some of these other teams do. I really like his development. I like how he’s progressed the last two years.
“Everybody talks about Aaron Murray. This guy works as hard as Aaron Murray. I don’t know what y’all can see when y’all are over here, but he’s always over here working and staying out after. He’s probably still out there right now. A guy we recruited as an athlete, we give a shot at quarterback. He’s got his mind set that he wants to play quarterback. He’s still got to improve on some things and do some things, but he’s a strong-willed individual that I’m excited to see compete in the spring and maybe in the bowl game. I don’t know.”
On Ramsey, 6-3, 205, true freshman, Camden County High School: “Brice is a talented, talented kid that’s got extreme upside. I think he’s got a very, very high ceiling. He’s a little bit raw, but I think his football is all ahead of him. He’s probably got one of the prettier throwing motions we’ve had here in a long time, almost effortless. So he’s got a lot of natural ability. We’ve got to continue to work on some little things in getting better. He’s got to work on preparing himself to be great because that’s what he wants to be. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re redshirting to say, `Hey, I’m going to go to work every day,’ with the mindset that ‘I’ve got to try to get better today.’ We’re working on that. He’s got some more reps with Aaron being down. I’m excited to see what he has and what he does in the spring. Where he is right now compared to the beginning of the year, I’m impressed with his knowledge. Halfway through the season, I took him out of the meetings and put him upstairs with a graduate assistant and kind of went back to square zero and started teaching him everything over again so he’ll be ready to go in the spring.”
On Park, 6-4, 190, incoming freshman, Stratford High School in Goose Creek, S.C. (coaches may comment on Park because he signed a financial aid agreement): “Jacob is another taller guy like Brice that has a strong arm and a live arm, a good quick release. He probably has a little bit more athletic ability than Brice but still not the type of runner Faton is. It’s going to be interesting to see because he’s got a demeanor and a confidence about him, a kind of `I don’t care attitude. I’m going to go show up and I’m going to compete,’ and I like guys that want to compete.”
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