Mason and trust in the not-so year of the quarterback

Pat Forde returns to the “SEC, it’s not your quarterbacks’ year” meme in this post.  First, one interesting factual nugget:

Interestingly in a pass-first era, there also were the most rushing yards produced and allowed in 2013, but not the most passing yards produced and allowed. That happened in 2001.

Sounds like that means there might be an entirely different, yet equally valid reason this year’s conference may be more run-oriented.  But Forde may have a good point of his own when he notes,

In an effort to win turnover margin, expect a very conservative September in a lot of SEC locales. Until coaches know they can trust their young quarterbacks, they’re not going to place the weight of the world on their shoulder pads.

In light of that, how much comfort should be taken with Mason’s avoidance of throwing picks in practice in the spring and fall?  Certainly it’s no guarantee of perfection come September, but if it’s an indication of emphasis and Mason’s appreciation of its importance, he may be farther along the trust curve than some of his peers, which should be good news for Georgia’s offense.

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UPDATE:  A little more about Mason, from an unnamed coach who faced Georgia last season.

Hutson Mason’s got some game reps under his belt, and that’s an advantage. It’s not like he’s stepping into a role where he’s playing for the first time. The depth in their backfield is phenomenal. That helps for Mason’s transition, because you’re not going to have to lean on his arm to win ball games. Having a strong run game can only open up throwing lanes for the quarterback — and the strength of their offense will be their running…

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5 responses to “Mason and trust in the not-so year of the quarterback

  1. AusDawg85

    Let’s just hope Mason even has somebody to throw to come August/September.

    #injurybug

  2. If we assume the coaches trust Mason exiting fall camp, you have to let him lose that trust before adjusting. We’ll know right away how much faith Richt and Bobo have in Mason, though. That’s one of the few good things to come out of playing a team like Clemson in week one.

  3. Auburn rushed for 4,500 yards last season, that’s explains the first stat quoted.

    Related to the Forde’s comment about playing it safe in September, I’d say maybe and maybe not. Maybe so if you are LSU and Alabama who break in basically brand new QBs. Not so much for UF, UGA, Mizzou, UT, and State. They return guys with some quality playing time under their belts.

  4. The lack of great passers won’t cause rushing yards to go up–at least not by average. Great passers open up running games, as Gurley did for Murray. It’s tougher for backs not named Herschel when opponents are more certain they’ll get the ball.

  5. how much comfort should be taken with Mason’s avoidance of throwing picks in practice in the spring and fall?

    Until the Clemson game kicks offs, a good deal. It’s a good question. QB’s taking care of the ball is often overlooked. Murray struggled with it for a long time. Stafford always struggled with it.

    That Mason has shown a tendency to take good care of the ball, and complete a high percentage of balls at the same time, gives me considerable comfort. For now.
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