Here’s a short quote from Bobo that illustrates the importance of Hutson Mason’s role in the SEC’s leading scoring offense:
“We haven’t thrown it a lot and when we throw it, we’ve made the plays,” Bobo said. “It’s like I told the guys in the quarterback room (Tuesday), we didn’t complete some of those balls, but I think us throwing the ball downfield did a lot for us. (We were) able to run the ball in the second half. It kept the secondary back, the safeties back. They weren’t as fast to fill the hole.”
Georgia is built to run the ball this year. Everybody knows that, including opposing defensive coordinators. So Bobo has to have enough of a legitimate threat of a downfield passing game to make DCs respect it and keep from crowding the box with eight defenders or more for the entirety of a game. When Mason can sell that, even if his receivers aren’t hanging on to the ball as much as we’d like, it makes life a lot easier for his line, his backs and his coach.