Yesterday started out as a wet dream for the Hutson Mason aficionados in our midst, with three SEC East teams starting backup quarterbacks. (You could argue that on a normal team, Justin Worley would be a backup, too. But I digress.) So how’d they do? Not that well. Maty Mauk was the best of the bunch, but he completed less than 50% of his throws, threw a pick, and, well, lost. Facing a shutout, Spurrier pulled Dylan Thompson in favor of a gimpy Connor Shaw, who rallied his team for a dramatic overtime victory. Patton Robinette threw a pick-six en route to a Texas A&M rout.
Believe it or not, coaches want to win. There’s usually a good reason the second-stringer is the one carrying the clipboard.