He speaks for me.

Hutson Mason says what I’ve thought.

Mason was asked to sum up Georgia’s season in one word. He thought for awhile, then offered a somewhat downbeat answer.

“For me personally I think it’s disappointing, because we had two games that we shoulda and coulda easily won,” he said. “Just my opinion, there’s one game where we showed up and just flat-out got beat, and that was down there in Jacksonville. But when you look back at the (other) two losses that we had it’s frustrating, because you saw the opportunities that we had where we could have won the game. So you look back at the season and think, Man, we could have been very, very special.”

Second straight year, at that.  But where I could excuse the falloff from the promise of September, 2013, by the unraveling of the offense due to a rash of injuries, this year’s got nothing more to point at than a lack of team focus at the worst times.  I don’t know how you fix that, but I could do with a little less “we could have been” going forward.

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24 responses to “He speaks for me.

  1. pete

    That about sums it up. As far as getting a team of 18 to 22 year olds focused on every play of every game…that’s anybody’s guess.

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  2. Jim

    Yup. Despite all the stuff about how tight fisted BM is, despite Gurley-gate, despite no deep threat, despite lack of elite athletes in the secondary, etc, etc, etc we still had a chance to make this season special and blew it. Disappointing is a good way to describe it. Nevertheless I’ll be in the stadium today pulling for us

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  3. Mason speaks for me too. I like the way Mason handles himself: no excuses, they just didn’t get it done. Class guy.

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  4. Jim

    Poor mason also goes down in history as the 2nd UGA QB in a row to have his last play in Sanford Stadium be an interception.

    The guy may not be the best QB we’ve ever had but he is a DGD and I hate that the season didn’t turn out any better

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  5. AusDawg85

    Hire a new coach every 3 years. That will fix it. Guaranteed. Can’t fail. Money be damned. Fans just need to demand excellence.

    Oh, and be sure to spike the ball, always kick it deep, don’t call timeout, but do call timeout, and go for it on 4th…by running. Always.

    P.S. Don’t recruit players who drive, drink, smoke, steal, tear ACL’s, fumble, or have noodle arms.

    Easy.

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    • Russ

      Fake it, except when everybody knew you were going to fake it.

      Also, expect the fake, except for those times where they don’t fake it. Then you were supposed to put on the return.

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  6. @gatriguy

    It takes an obsessive attention to detail and committment to constantly improve. Those are cultural characteristics that can’t be flip on like a light switch.

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  7. RedHelmet

    Hutson played his ass off this year. Finished in the top 10 for QB ratings, top 6 for accuracy.

    The South Carolina game, down there on the goalline, 1st and 4, thought Hutson got a bad call on the grounding, and then had a tipped pass on that series too, then our kicker shanked the field goal.

    The GT game, Hutson led a beautiful drive to go ahead, then the pooch kick and Qb scramble and long field goal, and the INT by Hutson in OT.

    Florida, don’t know what happened. Just were outcoached, outplayed.

    But some big wins over Clemson, Mizzou and Auburn.

    Hutson led offense set a scoring record. He couldn’t have done much more.

    Just didn’t get enough help from his defense this year, which was unfortunate.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      What’d you got on your report card?

      I heard the Poli Sci 101 final was HELL!

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    • Russ

      Add Arkansas as an impressive win as well.

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      • RedHelmet

        Russ, the offense put up plenty of points against Florida, South Carolina and Georgia Tech, just couldn’t get any defensive help in those 3.

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    • A10Penny

      The “bad call on the grounding” was an easy call, and “He couldn’t have done much more” only in terms of what he got out of his ability. Yeah, they set a scoring record, but imagine what it would have been with AM at the helm.

      Don’t get me wrong, he’s a DGD that had a great season but also don’t be fooled into thinking he was a top 10 QB by his rating. Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and the OL inflated that ranking.

      The good news is that the defense helped out a lot more than it did in the previous year…especially with turnovers. When we didn’t win the T.O. battle, we were definitely swimming upstream.

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      • RedHelmet

        Hutson led the highest scoring offense in the history of Georgia Bulldog football. Yes, better than your beloved Murray. Fault the defense, anyone faulting Hutson and the offense looks stupid.

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        • Normaltown Mike

          Says the guy who faults the offense for not giving enough snaps to the 3rd string QB Bauta.

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        • Dawgpa

          See you lose any argument when you try to say that Mason is a better QB than Murray. Because any sane person who watched Mason play this year knows that he isn’t close to as talented as Murray. Mason is a DGD who played hard but he is no Aaron Murray.

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          • RedHelmet

            Nope, Hutson’s offense outscored Murray’s, and Murray had 4 shots to outscore Hutson’s. Murray had the same guys.

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            • Dawgpa

              I guess it’s obvious that you watched a different QB than I watched all season. Mason isn’t close to the QB that Murray was. Watching Mason throw the ball (esp passes that required arm strength) was painful at time. PPG was helped by having Chubb and Michel helping TG3 when he was suspended vs. J.J Green and B. Douglas.

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            • When Hutson Mason goes undrafted and never plays a down in the NFL, are you still going to tell us how he’s better than Aaron Murray?

              This is the best running attack UGA has probably ever had – perhaps even better overall than we were with Herschel.

              Murray never had a running game or an Oline that was anywhere near this good.

              We also didn’t play any great defenses this year.

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    • stuckinred

      The grounding call was clearly correct.

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  8. IAmAGurleyMan

    “But where I could excuse the falloff from the promise of September, 2013, by the unraveling of the offense due to a rash of injuries, this year’s got nothing more to point at than a lack of team focus at the worst times. I don’t know how you fix that”

    A good start would be to get rid of Mr. Magoo as AD and then hire a competent coach. Time for a culture change.

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  9. Lrgk9

    The holding call in the USCe game was obvious Toro KaKa

    Old SEC adage, lose one game for every SEC starter. Chubb/Michel fumbles on the one yard line – oy vey

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  10. Cosmic Dawg

    It’s interesting that Mason thinks of Tech and SC as the frustrating games and Florida as the game where they showed up and just flat out got beat.

    He knows better than I do, but WLOCP looked like the game where they didn’t show up (most frustrating) and SC and Tech were frustrating but at least they were in there swinging and not looking lost…except perhaps our run defense against Tech. That was embarrassing.

    But Florida was the killer to me this year…just inscrutable it was the same team we saw against Auburn, Louisville, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

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  11. RedHelmet

    Mason’s so right, he played great against South Carolina, and his offense put up 35 points, that’s usually enough to get a win, not in Hutson’s case. Also, to lose that one by 3, and GTech in OT, and that end of the game garbage coaching, go ahead td with 18 seconds to go, should have won those 2 games even admitting UF was just the better team and dominated on that day, still would have gone 11-1, which would have put you into the conference championship with a win away from getting into the playoffs.

    Very close. Mason’s is so right on.

    Hope his vision is ok, he had a year where he maxed out his skillset and worked incredibly hard according to Coach Bobo, very proud of Hutson Mason.

    Will miss you #14, thanks for the memories

    Hutson’s 1 year:
    finished #1 scoring offense in Georgia history
    finished in top 10 in passer rating
    finished in top 5 in accuracy

    Thank you Hutson, it was worth the wait.

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  12. This is one of the most painful seasons I have watched in nearly 40 years following the Dawgs.

    We somehow managed to exceed pre-season expectations while honestly underperforming. The Florida loss was absolutely inexcusable and the Tech loss was completely due to one of the worst coaching decisions of all time (squib kick).

    The SC loss was also a shame, but the way Spurrier always has his team up for us and spends huge chunks off the off season planning just for us, I can somewhat understand that one.

    There are no truly dominant teams this year. With our running game and continually improving defense, a national title was actually possible. But we blew 2-3 games in shocking fashion and cost ourselves a shot.

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