Observations from the 30, 2014 G-Day edition

Good crowd, beautiful weather.  No serious injuries in the game.  (J.J. Green got his wish as far as the weather went, but wasn’t so lucky as far as his ankle goes. He and Trey Matthews kept each other company for most of the day.)  Pre- and post-game festivities were up to their usual standards for me, so all in all, it was another day in paradise.

On to the bullet points.

OFFENSE

  • Offensive line.  I didn’t leave the stadium in a state of wrist-slitting despair over the o-line, so that’s certainly progress of a sorts.  The main reason for my lessened pessimism is the noticeable improvement in John Theus’ game. He looks bigger and more fit.  His mechanics are better.  And he’s playing with an obvious sense of comfort that I didn’t see out of him last year. He was the only lineman who was able to handle Leonard Floyd’s pass rush consistently; he did that by getting his hands on Floyd quickly and using leverage to keep him under control.  Greg Pyke is a big kid with some strength.  He had a couple of pancake blocks I noticed.  I do get the sense that he’s still feeling his way around the offense, but he looked serviceable.  David Andrews is David Andrews.  The rest of the line is still in flux.  Beard played a good bit at left tackle.  They ran all sorts of kids out of the left guard spot, including Houston, and it’s pretty obvious that no one has stepped up to take charge of the slot.  Still, I thought the Red team line held its own as long as they weren’t facing all out blitzes.  The Black team line struggled a good bit more, but some of that can be chalked up to how much depth there is on the defensive line.  Overall, let’s leave things at “work in progress”.
  • Running backs.  There’s no other way to say this:  Georgia’s depth at tailback is sick.  A.J. Turman impressed me as a tough runner with good instincts who can catch the ball a little, too.  Brendan Douglas looks as solid as ever.  As far as Todd Gurley goes, he may not be 100% healthy yet, but he looked physically fit and commanded the defense’s attention every time the ball was snapped.  He was every bit as dominant as you’d expect.  (Except for blitz protection, that is.)  No offense to Leonard Floyd’s supporters, but there’s little doubt that Gurley is the best player on the team. All told, when you consider what’s going to be added to the mix this fall, it’s hard to see how they’ll have enough footballs for all the backs.
  • Receivers.  Bennett and Conley are money, plain and simple.  Reggie Davis has gotten stronger.  His route running is more polished.  He looks like he’s ready to become a real contributor in the passing game this season.  Rumph inexcusably dropped a couple of balls, but he, too, looks more comfortable with his routes.  My biggest concern with this group was the inconsistent blocking downfield I saw.  If Georgia’s going to use the short passing game as much as we saw Saturday, that’s an area that’s going to have to improve.
  • Quarterbacks.  The coaches can insist all they want that they’re hoping to generate some competition for Hutson Mason, but it’s nothing more than a convenient fiction.  The reality is that there’s a noticeable gap – more like a yawning chasm, really – between Mason and everyone else.  He’s the only one of the bunch who looks like a serviceable SEC quarterback right now, so you’d best hope for his continuing good health and well-being.  My only real knock on him from what I saw is that he still struggles with the deep ball.  (Bennett bailed him out on one overthrow with a sensational catch, but a properly thrown ball would have resulted in an easy touchdown.) Other than that, he’s more than capable of leading the offense.  He showed good command and nice touch on his short and intermediate throws.  He avoided turning the ball over. (Given how good his surrounding cast looks to be, that’s a big deal.) He was also the only quarterback out there who went through his progressions on a consistent basis.  Bauta’s arm strength is nothing special.  He struggled with his mechanics.  Ramsey certainly has a live arm, but he too has a way to go with his mechanics – several of his passes sailed – and reading a defense.  Park looks like a kid who’s been on campus since January, but there’s some talent there.  Next year’s G-Day game should be interesting.

DEFENSE

  • Defensive line.  Another area where depth is impressive.  The Red team line included Ray Drew, who couldn’t be blocked for much of the day.  The Black team line looked good, as well.  Pruitt seems to use four-man fronts more than Grantham did, so I saw a good bit of Leonard Floyd with his hand in the dirt.  Floyd isn’t doing any more pass coverage and looks way more comfortable out there as a result.  Another kid to keep an eye on is Davin Bellamy, who backs up Floyd and showed me something Saturday. I don’t think Georgia’s defense is going to have a problem generating a pass rush this season.
  • Linebackers.  Herrera and Wilson looked solid.  Herrera blitzed a lot yesterday and showed good timing on the delayed blitz, getting at least one sack in the process, as I recall.  Neither was asked to do much in pass coverage, which, again, is a hopeful sign of what to expect.
  • Defensive backs.  It was tough to get a good gauge on this group, with Matthews’ and Green’s absences, but depth certainly looked shaky.  There was a lot of rotating going on, so it was clear that the coaches were using the game to do plenty of on-the-fly evaluating.  Still, I noticed a few things.  Swann looked comfortable playing the star position, which is no real surprise.  Aaron Davis turned out to be more than Pruitt’s pet rock; his coverage skills and mechanics are solid. He’s also got good size for the position.  I’m not proclaiming him a starter in the fall by any means, but he certainly looks like he could be a contributor.  Corey Moore made a couple of good plays.  In any event, I don’t think there’s any question that some of the defensive backs coming in for fall practice will have a real shot at cracking the two-deep.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • The G-Day format doesn’t lend itself to much here.  The punters, with the exception of one kick that Barber really got his leg into, were disappointing.  Morgan looked fine.  His one miss was on a long one where he was a little wide, but he had plenty of distance.

COACHING

  • Overall, there did seem to be a more business-like approach to this year’s G-Day.  No doubt much of that can be attributed to Pruitt’s stated purpose of using the scrimmage more for evaluation purposes than as a competition, but I got the same sense of things on the other side of the ball.  There was clearly an emphasis on the passing game, which makes complete sense if you’re probing the weakest areas of the team, depth at the secondary and back-up quarterback positions.  And it was pretty obvious there was a reason for all the shifting personnel on the offensive line.  I left the game with the sense that the coaches got more out of this G-Day game than its immediate predecessors.

RANDOM BITS

  • It was amusing to see that the coaches were in mid-season form with the officiating.  There were a couple of questionable pass interference calls and Reggie Davis clearly got away with a push-off of Davis on his touchdown catch, but still…
  • Quayvon Hicks looked like he was coming along catching the ball, but I was a little disappointed with his blocking.
  • This year’s walk on star on offense was receiver Clay Johnson, who made a sensational catch with Quincy Mauger grabbing his facemask.  Don’t know if that’s enough to crack what’s going to be a ridiculously deep rotation once the injured players are back, though.
  • But Uriah LeMay looked good enough that he may be tossed into the conversation at receiver.
  • Tramel Terry played a little safety and didn’t look nearly as lost as he’s been making himself sound.
  • Speaking of not looking lost, the defense actually covered the freakin’ wheel route.  I don’t care if that was only in a scrimmage.
  • However, the defense did get burned on a Reggie Davis reverse that was nicely handled on offense.
  • As far as simplification goes, there was much less hand waving going on than was the case last season.
  • It didn’t dawn on me until the ride home, but there were far fewer missed tackles than we’ve been used to seeing, too.
  • That’s a very good thing, because Pruitt is clearly more aggressive committing his defensive troops to the line of scrimmage than Grantham was.  Linebackers played closer and there were a lot of one-safety coverage looks.  If you think the rush and attacking the line of scrimmage were key components to Georgia’s success on defense before, they look to be an even bigger deal now.
  • I didn’t miss Grantham’s towel.
  • As far as the fan-friendly experience goes, I’ll keep my mouth shut about loud intrusive music as long as McGarity promises never to inflict that Mascot Gallop experience on us again.  That whole embarrassment was beneath the dignity of Hairy Dawg, who doesn’t really possess much dignity to start with.  And I will point out that the fans enjoyed the frisbee catching dogs that were the halftime entertainment way more than the music or the frolicking goobers.  Word to the wise, man.
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  1. Doggoned

    Most of this sounds pretty encouraging, especially the parts about Theus and Pruitt’s defensive strategy. Fingers crossed.

  2. Bob

    I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head. On defense I was encouraged. I know we were in a scrimmage and I know it was against a known offense, but it was nice to see players in position more than 50% of time. There was none of the jumping around and deer in the headlight look during the afternoon. Yeah, it was only the Spring game, but you know Spring brings eternal hope…and not just in baseball. Great day for a game and by G Day Standards, pretty entertaining game.

    • Ogeecheedawg

      My head is still pounding from the constant loud music. If that is a preview of the 2014 Sanford Stadium experience, I may have to bow out after my 50th year as student and alum. I rarely have headaches, but Saturday was my all-time worst day. The half time dog show was delightful – except for that blasted music. If I were the suspicious type, I would surmise that the incessant music is part of the plan to push out the older fans and alums. I am not one of the “down-in-front” crowd, but I can’t understand how that constant noise enhances the game experience. Wouldn’t a high-powered offense, a greatly-improved defense, and a run at the SEC championship be enough excitement?

  3. Normaltown Mike

    +1 on frisbee show. I think that was the only time my crowd all stopped chatting and watched intently.

  4. DawgPhan

    I will also say that the bathrooms mid-season from as well.

    @ 12:45 I walked into a bathroom off the reed plaza and it looked it was the 4th quarter of the LSU game in there .

  5. (Bennett bailed him out on one overthrow with a sensational catch, but a properly thrown ball would have resulted in an easy touchdown.)

    Get used to hearing this. Mason can’t push the ball downfield without exerting a lot of effort. When he’s forced to really put something on the ball, it sails. You saw it last year as well. That seem route over the LB and in front of the safety is a ball he can’t throw consistently.

    UGA is going to have to be very creative in the red zone with Mason. He can’t fit the ball into places guys like Murray and Stafford could. I expect a lot of red zone FGs this year due to Mason’s limitations.

    • PatinDC

      That is the excitement of CFB. New guys, new styles.

      It will be on CMB to make the offense work around HM’s skill set.

    • Once of HM’s strengths is supposed to be his sense of timing. If he’s good at throwing receivers open, that can make up for some of his shortcomings with the deep ball. But, yeah, Bobo’s going to have to do some different thinking with his QB this season, no doubt.

      • Very hard to throw receivers open inside the 15. That’s where being able to put something extra on the ball means a lot. Most people hear arm strength and want to know how far someone can throw the ball. Anyone can throw a deep route provided the timing is right. Where arm strength (or a lack thereof, in Mason’s case) becomes an issue is when you need to stick the ball 20 yards on a line. That’s what Mason has issues with.

        • Dawgoholic

          It’s obvious that Mason should start if there’s a game next week; however, Bauta appeared to be near the level of DJ or AM as sophomores. While he doesn’t have a Stafford or Ramsey arm, his arm strength looks to be pretty close to Murray’s. He also appears to have at least an elementary command of the offense. Looks like there’s some upside to Bauta that Mason may not have with his arm strength and mobility. It’ll be interesting to see if the coaches give him some reps early in case the offense struggles at some point in a big game.

          • He’s not in the same neighborhood as Aaron as a sophomore for skills, knowledge of the offense, or mechanics. He can run but is a work in process. Aaron had started 13 games and had thrown for over 3,000 yards already. He’s not even close to Shockley as a 2nd team QB since Shockley had played meaningful minutes in a bunch of games including a BCS bowl game as a RS freshman.

          • Bauta appeared to be near the level of DJ or AM as sophomores.

            Wow. I could not disagree more.

            • Dawgoholic

              Did you see the whole game?? Did you see AM in 2011 – he had some good games but he really struggled at times too. DJ had flashes and struggled at times in 2003 when he played too.

              I’m not sure if G-Day was indicative of Bauta’s ability, but he played pretty well, 18-28 for 240 or something and he had a clear 2nd string line blocking against Ray Drew, Mike Thornton and other past contributors. His main receivers were guys that have never caught a ball in a game. He did not have Gurley behind him. (If you did not notice, Mason had a lot of his success with Gurley in the game.)

              Amount of game time is not a direct indicator of ability, Jameis and Manziel both did pretty well in their first years on the field. (Not that Bauta’s at their level but saying that expecting him to have as good a year as Murray did as a sophomore is not unrealistic.)

              • I saw Aaron start 13 games in 2010 with the best player on the team suspended for 4 games and limited in his first game back. I saw him bring his team back in Jacksonville after a horrible first half to get the game to overtime. I saw him play his butt off in Auburn, match the best QB money could buy, and take unbelievably dirty hits from Nick Fairley. I saw him carve up Tech the first of 3 times.

                Bauta is nowhere close at this point (early entry, redshirt season and entering his redshirt sophomore year) to where Aaron Murray was at the same point. I’m not saying he could be the answer, but he has a long way to go to beat out Mason for snaps outside of garbage time.

                • Dawgoholic

                  Not taking anything away from AM, just saying Bauta’s got the potential to be pretty good. On the limited amount of time I’ve seen, he’s much more likely to be at the level of Greene, Shockley, Murray and Stafford than in the category of Cox. Tereshinski, Gray, or Barnes. I also think Bauta has a higher ceiling than Mason – not that Bauta gives us a better chance against Clemson. The question I have is who gives us a better chance against Bama in December.

                  Ramsey’s got a ton of talent too. If he could have 75% of Murray’s command of the offense, he’ll be the best we’ve ever had.

          • The only current QB with arm strength at or better than AM’s level is Ramsey. Bauta’s doesn’t look any better than Mason’s.

            • And Ramsey doesn’t know where it’s going yet …

              • Dawgoholic

                Did ya’ll actually see Bauta throw it late in the game? His deep balls were much better than Mason’s and he did not have to put so much air under it. He’s got at least 90% of the arm strength of AM and is much closer than Mason.

              • Sigh. I know. But, damn, the ball just explodes out of his hand when he throws. He’s got a ton of upside if they can get him up to speed on mechanics and reading a defense.

                • I totally agree with you on that. Richt & Bobo knew they likely had a project on their hands with Ramsey. That project has a ton of upside in skills that can’t be taught. I actually think Ramsey will be the starter in ’15 because he seems to be a bright kid with a good future.

                • Thing is, how much reading of a defense can a guy learn from the bench? At some point, you’ve got to put him in the spot where his eyes need to be (on the field, in the pocket), and take your lumps as he learns.

                  • True, but he’s got some mechanics issues to deal with as well, and those can be worked on without game experience.

                    • Agreed. But I think he’s got the higher upside so if those mechanics things can be dealt with over the summer, I wouldn’t mind him getting a nice bit of snaps in the fall to get the experience he’ll need.

                      Then again, I liked what I saw out of Bauta too. Spring kool aid always tastes a little better.

            • The only current QB with arm strength at or better than AM’s level is Ramsey. Bauta’s doesn’t look any better than Mason’s.

              FWIW …. correct. Murray’s arm is generally underrated. He has a pro-quality arm, and it’s gotten better each year at Georgia.

              A large part of having a great arm is how long it takes a ball to get there, as Parrish indicated. Certainly on short to medium routes, but on long routes too. Another type of long throw is the across-the-field rope Murray threw to JSW for a TD (who was inside the 5) in the LSU game. There will be some QB’s drafted this year who can’t make that throw.

              Murray has an elite arm, and so does Ramsey. Ramsey throws a beautiful ball, too, and that helps everything. But all our other QB’s are average, at best.
              ~~~

  6. Gravidy

    Senator, do you have any idea how much cooperation goes on between coordinators? For example, do you think the emphasis on the passing game was done at Pruitt’s request so he could get plenty of looks at his DBs in pass coverage?

  7. Rp

    Reggie Davis had seperation on a deep ball that Mason couldn’t get out in front of him as well. I still think we can do plenty in the short passing and screen game to put up plenty of points. The comparison I keep thinking of for Mason is Kellen Moore. I think his best shot for success would be doing the things that Moore used to do.

  8. Was it just me or did more than a few of Mason’s throws seem to hang up in the air longer than they needed to? Maybe I’m just being nitpicky.

    I pray that this wasn’t a harbinger of things to come as far as non-football “entertainment” at Sanford. The piped-in music was even more obnoxious than I’d feared it would be, and the “mascot race”…I can only imagine what the players thought as this stupidity went on right in front of them.

    • I guess I should be grateful they didn’t play “Yakkety Sax” over the PA during that mascot abomination.

    • I wasn’t at the game, but one of my best friends was, and he texted me during the game “Some of Mason’s passes hang in the air longer than a Malaysian airplane”. Yeah, he’s not the most politically correct fellow, but I got his point. :)

      I recorded the game and have only watched the first quarter, but yeah, his passes towards the sidelines on out routes and so forth do seem to take forever to get there. As long as he and the WR’s are on the same page and he’s able to throw it before the WR gets out of their break, it works. But I do think we run a high risk of a couple of pick 6′s on out routes this year.

      • Like others, to me Mason’s arm is a little scary.

        My biggest concern is I think defenses are going to take advantage, and jump our back-shoulder throws for picks and pick-6′s, simply because it takes so long for the ball to get there.

        I know I would. I’d be licking my shops waiting for those throws, anything to the sidelines. And I don’t know how we can do without them (the TD to Davis was a back-shoulder).

        I suspect we’re going to need some solid defense, ST’s, and some great stuff from the offense – all working together – if we’re going to have a good year.
        ~~~

        • Of course, part of it is that we’ve been really, really spoiled with some of the QB’s we’ve been able to watch since Richt took over. In the grand scheme, Mason’s arm probably is closer to average than below average, we’re just used to watching guys like Murray, Stafford, Shockley, etc.

          But if Mason just plays to the best of his abilities, and plays within his abilities, our offense will be very good.

          One thing I was happy to see with Mason was his footwork seemed much better Saturday than it was in the couple of games to finish last year. He seemed to be setting his feet well, and I liked also liked the athleticism he showed on the runs.

          • Yeah, I agree with all that. It doesn’t mean Mason can’t have a good year, and be very good. And we are certainly spoiled.

            But this offense is best with the elite arm, and when all the other pieces are in place, that is when it is most dangerous. We just function better with the elite arm, which is why I’m pulling for Ramsey to develop this year.

            So yeah, we can still reach our goals, but I do think it’s going to take a team effort, with all 3 phases of the game functioning at a high level. And, as you say, keeping Mason within his abilities will help offset what he lacks.

            But we’re going to have to make up for the lack of elite throws, IMHO, whether in the form of throws/plays that weren’t completed, or picks because defenders have enough time to make a play on the ball.
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  9. Bright Idea

    Every position is good enough to win if the team doesn’t find a way to lose in spite of talent. Stupid plays seldom show up at GDay. I wish Gurley would quit diving for the pylon unless it is 4th down. If he stays on his feet he runs through most DBs. PA rap blast during pregame was way too loud.

  10. DawgPhan

    Seemed like there were a lot of dropped balls and pass interference calls. I was waiting for a targeting towards the middle of the 3rd.

  11. Bulldog Joe

    Better tackling was the first thing I noticed. Especially with our secondary.

    Still a good bit of work to do on our coverages.

    OL was better than I expected overall, especially in goal line situations.

    15 penalties for a 129 yards needs to get fixed, most of it on defense.

  12. Scorpio Jones, III

    Mason looks faster on his feet than I thought.

    But, again…we best hope he stays healthy, cause the drop off is precipitous.

    The comparisons to DJ are absurd.

    • You’re right as usual, Scorp. If Mason can manage the offense like Greene, we’ll be ok. Everyone also has to remember Conley and Bennett aren’t receivers who will be game-breaking type of players. If Mitchell and Scott-Wesley come back at full speed, I want to see him with those guys.

      • Merk

        Problem is he will get 0 time for practicing with Mitchell over the summer. Not sure where JSW is at recovery wise, but he prob has a better chance at doing some summer work with Mason.

  13. 69Dawg

    I’ve watched it twice now and some of your observations are right on. I don’t think there is going to be a real QB controversy until we lose to USC. I’m with Parris Walton on that score. Mason does seem to lack the it factor. If he can manage to improve his long ball over the summer we will stand a punchers chance but if the opponents are not afraid of the homerun throw then they will crowd the box and slow down our run game. UGA’s game is to keep them honest with the long ball and pound them with the run/screen. I happen to like FB as a short yardage guy. Do with him what we only threaten to do with Logan Grey. He is a believable read option QB and with our RB’s that could be short yardage heaven.

  14. Ace

    Hutson Mason is a bonafide superstar. He’s gonna be playing on Sundays boys, watch and see.

    Where does all this Mason bashing come from, any of you watch the game?

    Keep this in mind about Mason, his records at Lassiter were mind boggling.

    He threw for 4500 yards one year, was it 2009, still ranks #52 all time for a high school Qb nationally.

    Threw 54 touchdowns in one season. Hold s bunch of state records for td’s, yards, and so on. #1 in the history
    of High School football in a football state like Georgia, not shabby.

    His high school numbers are better than all UGA starting Qb’s that played High School ball in Georgia,

    Good Lord man, he had two receivers Saturday that wern’t injured, and 1 SEC Caliber running back. Wait until
    the rest of the cast joins him, speedsters that stretch the defense in Mitchell and Justin, and some SEC big boy running
    backs like the 3 5 star running backs joining the team in Marshall, Nick Chubb, and Michel. No knock on Thurman and
    Douglas, but they’re not going to scare any defenses.

    I mean, dang, he threw 250 yards, completed almost 70% of them, and no picks. Not much to complain about there.

    • Even Mason said he struggled with the long ball Saturday.

      And, yeah, I watched the game.

    • D.N. Nation

      Cobb County tribalism is so, so bizarre.

      Hutson Mason isn’t a superstar. He won’t play a snap in the NFL.

      • charlottedawg

        He would if they had spring games, and he’d be awesome!

      • Bulldog Joe

        I believe its been 46 years since a Cobb County school won a state football title.

        With an improved defense and running game, Hutson will be a winner for us.

    • PTC DAWG

      Playing what on Sundays?

    • Merk

      Mason threw for 180 yards. Bauta was the only one to break 200. Not sure about % comp for either.

      • Ace

        Hutson Mason completed his first 7 passes and had 180 yards by halftime on GDay.

        He didn’t get many reps in the second half, but still ended up with over 240 yards, completing 18 of 27, and 0 interceptions.

        Again, I have no idea what game you guys were watching, it was an awesome display Hutson put on, the most yards on a GDay, maybe ever,
        against the first string defense, against the defensive coach who finished No 1 in defensive scoring last year.

        Pruitt was asked who was the best player out there at halftime, and said “No 14″.

  15. Doggoned

    Posters are in mid-August form already!

  16. uglydawg

    A good rule of thumb…things are usually not as bad as one extreme insists they are, or as wonderful as the other side believes they are. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. HM will probably be a good, journeyman and sucessful SEC QB…but it could go either way. But “just how far, either way?” is the question that excites me. If he’s mediocre only…Georgia should still have a respectable season. If HM is above average even a modest bit..the sky’s the limit. This team is a lot bigger than the qb..(see 1980..Georgia Bulldogs..Buck Balue and supporting cast) We’ve become accustomed to seeing super QB’s like Cam Newton carry a team..but this team is capable to win with a less gifted physically, but a smart, careful QB.
    ….I’ll take another glass of the red….

    • uglydawg

      …But there’s one thing lacking….a ready, serviceable replacement it he goes down. AM had that backup in HM…will HM have it? I say play the backup early and often…as CMR did with DJS when he was DG’s backup.

  17. Ace

    I bet Mason can’t wait until he gets a healthy SEC caliber tight end. Pretty impressed Mason put up those numbers without his tight end,
    his best 2 wide receivers, and without three 5 star guys at running back.

    Mason was just playing humble when they bragged on his day, trying to find something to improve on, he completed a friggin bomb to Conley,
    and another long one to Bennett, been a while since anybody did that on GDay, maybe 2010 when Mettenberger put on a long ball clinic

    It’s actually more passing yards than anyone I remember in a GDay game, again, three of his prime receiving targets out, and three 5 star running backs out,
    so you had to go to the passing game, couldn’t risk Gurley getting injured.

    Hutson Mason looked friggin awesome.

    • Why do I have the feeling that we’re drifting ever closer to being told Aaron Murray wasn’t a very good QB?

      • Ace

        Murray? I just checked, his first three GDays, 96 yards, then a pair of 112 yards,
        then last year’s was his best, 200 yards, a nice game in a losing effort to Mason’s team.
        If you want to convince us that’s great, have at it. Bauta threw for 240, just saying.

        Mettenberger only threw for 150 in 2010, but had some bombs, we were talking about long ball
        on GDay and Mettenberger didn’t have many pass attempts..

        • Ah, yes. It wouldn’t be G-Day without somebody trolling pointless quarterback stats.

        • DawgPhan

          That’s awesome.

        • D.N. Nation

          Derp

          • Ace

            Never could figure out why Coach Richt keeps all those worthless Qb stats. Guess we’re all labeled trolls if we
            we support Mason, and mention how he compares to the great ****Aaron Murray*** thanks for the laugh Senator.

            • And thank you for living down to my expectations, Ace.

              • Ace

                check these Hutson Mason records out when you get bored someday:
                top 10 career passing yards
                http://ghsfha.org/records.php?gRecID=14
                #1 and #5 passing yards in a season
                http://ghsfha.org/records.php?gRecID=13
                #5 career td passes
                http://ghsfha.org/records.php?gRecID=17
                #1 td passes in a season
                http://ghsfha.org/records.php?gRecID=16
                #3 and #5 td passes in one game
                http://ghsfha.org/records.php?gRecID=15

                Something tells me, Hutson Mason might turn out a little better than Aaron Murray did at UGA.

                • Man, I don’t care what HM did in high school. It has zero bearing on what we’ll get this year. For the record, I’m optimistic about him, but I’m not unrealistic about him either. He has obvious limitations. It’ll be up to him and Bobo to scheme around those.

                  • Ace

                    You might recognize some of the names on that career passing list behind Mason:
                    Nick Marshall
                    Buck Belue
                    David Greene

                    If Mason’s career turns out anything like these guys, all SEC Champions, 2 made it into the BCS Championship, look out.

                    • If Mason’s career turns out anything like these guys…

                      Well, it can’t, can it? For all intents and purposes, he’s only going to have a one-season career at UGA.

                      Here’s an idea: why don’t you wait and see how he does in the fall?

                • D.N. Nation

                  Derp

                  • Ace

                    Hutson Mason isn’t some unknown quantity. He has a prolific past as a record setting Qb in the state of Georgia,
                    just don’t like it when people don’t appreciate him.

                    Heck, he threw for over 300 yards in the rain against Nebraska and led a 20 point come from behind victory
                    (havn’t seen anyone do that in a long time at UGA). Those were his first two starts, want to compare his first two
                    starts to Murray? Feel free, but it will only help make my point stronger.

                    • Joe Cox broke a lot of records in NC HS. How’d that work out at Georgia again? But keep harping on HS stats and G Day as if that means a damn thing in the fall.

                    • Ace

                      Joe Cox, my goodness, you\re comparing Mason to Joe Cox? Who didn’t play high school football in Georgia. Geez, research anyone?

                      Act like it didn’t matter what any of them achieved in high school how that had no predictive value with their college success.

                      Point is, UGA has a good history of seeing these state of Georgia record setters (a really big football state) become great winners in college.

                      In fact, Marshall, Greene, and Belue, all won SEC Championships, Bobo was the only one who didn’t win at least an SEC Championship.

                      Pretty good odds, 3 out of 4 went on to win the SEC, bodes well for Mason for UGA fans.

                      Quick name any UGA starter who is on that list of career passing yards state of Georgia leaders, who didn’t win an SEC Championship?
                      Again, Mike Bobo was the ONLY one who didn’t get a ring.

                      Don’t try and prove me wrong.

                    • D.N. Nation

                      Derp

        • And Ronnie Powell had more career G Day yards than Todd Gurley and Knowshon Moreno combined. Were those numbers you mention supposed to mean anything?

          • uglydawg

            And how in the Original Gangsta did this turn into an argument? Everyone who is a Dawg fan is hoping Hudson turns out to be the best qb in the history of football. Ace seems to want us to say he’s already there…and we wish we could. But we can’t.

  18. Random question, was Mauger injured, or did he play? I haven’t seen anything about him. I know Matthews and JJ were out with injuries.

    • He played, alright. He’s the one who had a hold of Johnson’s facemask on that spectacular catch.

      • Oh sorry I missed that in your writeup. I’m surprised Redd was ahead of him then. I don’t remember hearing anything about Redd all spring.

        • Redd isn’t the most physically gifted guy, but, again, his mechanics were good and he looked like he knew what to do out there. There was some message sending going on there by Pruitt, I believe.

          • There was some message sending going on there by Pruitt, I believe.

            Yeah. Hope I’m wrong, but I fear the message is the one I’ve been delivering for several years now, i.e, that our eval/recruiting of DB’s has been substandard.

            Hopefully though, it’s just as much of an attitude/culture deal, and some of these guys, some corners anyway, are good enough athletes to develop into good players. Because that is something we can work on.

            Hope so, because Pruitt doesn’t get his first class of DB’s until 2015.
            ~~~

  19. uganeveryway

    Stafford had the worst deep ball in recent UGA history. Murrays deep ball was decent at best. If we live by the homerun ball then might as well pack up our testicles and go home. Greene did it like no other. Murray was a warrior to stand in there after getting demolished by an unblocked beast at least once a game. Mason doesnt look to have that gene and the visor doesnt help his mommas boy look.

  20. Ace

    Bauta had a pretty good game overall. He threw a couple of long ones too, imagine throwing that well,
    and being compared to Tebow as a runner? But the coaches seem to be hinting it was a one day fluke,
    and that Ramsey has been more consistent overall. Richt said no decisions will be made
    on one day, compared it to his own Spring game when he played at Miami, when he outperformed Kelly,
    hinting that Bauta had a better day, but Ramsey could win the job. Ramsey did look more like a pure passer,
    picked up the blitzes well, spotted the right matchups and made good reads, but was off on that day with accuracy.
    If I remember correctly, the previous scrimmage, Ramsey did well, like 8 for 12 or something,
    and Bauta completed one pass and went 1 for 7. Hutson says whoever wins the job will have adjust to the Pro Style
    offensive style Bobo runs, hinting that Ramsey is a better fit than Bauta? So it’s up in the air, coaches and Mason seem
    to me to be leaning in Ramsey’s direction for the back up role, maybe they also think he has more upside.

  21. DawgByte

    Bluto Libtardo -

    Disagree with your assessment of Bauta. The announcers covering the “game” both remarked at how surprised they were with Bauta’s arm and I agree. I thought Bauta showed he has a very lively arm and significantly more accurate than Ramsey. I thought Bauta put the Grand Canyon between himself and Ramsey, who once again showed he’s penchant for throwing to defensive backs. How many INT’s has he thrown in the last three games – 436? Everyone’s in love with a canon, but what good is the Howitzer if you can’t hit the broad side of a barn with it?

    Naturally I also disagree with your assessment of Jacob Park as well. In reality it was the exact opposite. He didn’t look at all like a kid that had only been on campus for 4 months. His rollout completion was a thing of beauty. He showed that he can run a huddle, call plays and execute. Sure he was given few snaps and a small percentage of the playbook, but what he showed should give us all hope for the future. I think Park will pass Ramsey as our future starter.

    • Not trying to play the schmuck here, but, really, I’m supposed to go on what Matt Stewart and Buck Belue think? If Bauta’s so much better than Ramsey, why haven’t the coaches made the commitment to him?

      Park’s ball fluttered on more than one occasion. He looked shaky on his first series. And if you’re giving Ramsey crap for throwing picks, don’t see how you can give Park a pass.

      I’m not knocking Park, by the way. There’s just way too small a sample size to pass judgment on him, one way or the other. That’s why I said next year’s G-Day game should be interesting.

      • DawgByte

        Well, given Buck Belue won a national championship as a QB and you’re a Low Information Type, I’d say “Duh!”