A 255.1 passer rating is nothing to sneer at, even against a cupcake. Against a SEC foe on the road – with a credible pass defense, mind you – it’s damned impressive. Even more than that, when you look at UK’s game log and realize that Mason shredded the Wildcats’ pass defense at a rate about 120 points higher than its second-worst performance of the season…
Which gives me a little bit of hope that this isn’t just happy talk after a big game:
“Hutson anticipates throws,” Conley said. “On both the touchdowns that I caught today the ball was in the air before I looked. And that’s not something we’re completely used to, Aaron didn’t really throw the ball like that. I like to think when Aaron threw the ball I could see it all the way. So it’s something you have to adjust to, but it also tells you to be patient when you run your routes. Run a great route, because when you get your eyes back the ball’s gonna be there. You have to create space. Hutson is great in that aspect, and he threw some great balls today.”
One consequence of having a studly run game is that Georgia hasn’t felt the need to make Mason throw too much. He’s thrown 25 or less passes in six of Georgia’s nine games, and less than 20 in four of those. If eight games in he and his receivers are still adjusting to a different approach than what they were used to in the four previous seasons, perhaps that’s because they hadn’t gotten enough in-game touches to work all the kinks out. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that Mason has a career game after getting the chance to throw the ball over 40 times in his last start, but, then again, maybe not.
All I know is that, while Georgia is going to pound the rock against Auburn, that Tigers’ secondary is way shakier than UK’s. Georgia’s passing game is going to have its opportunities this Saturday. Mason and his receivers need to make the most of them.