Maybe Hutson Mason has a point.
Two years ago, Hutson Mason was entering his first and only full year as Georgia’s starting quarterback. As the new captain of the offense, Mason’s head was swimming was information he had to process and act on, whether it was at practice, team meetings, or before the snap in a real game.
But Mason had some valuable help: David Andrews, a senior center and third-year starter.
“He had seen everything in the book,” Mason recalled this week. “He had seen every blitz we could possibly see. Every stunt. Every twist. That was really awesome for me.”
“You’ve got to have a guy whose intelligence, and has football smarts,” said Mason, who is now working at Georgia State as a quality-control staffer. “Ben Jones was the same way. If you ask David, having that guy ahead of him to pass the torch to him, really helped.”
“I can’t speak for the complexity of coach (Jim) Chaney’s gameplans on a week to week basis, but I’m sure if Jacob Eason ends up starting he’s going to have a lot on his plate,” Mason said. “A lot of nerves. I’m sure the coaches are going to try to simplify things and take things off is plate, let him rely on his talent, try not to think too much. ..
“I’m sure the coaches have looked at that, and said: Especially if we’re going to have a young guy at quarterback, how great it is to have Kublanow there to help.”
As Seth Emerson notes, Georgia tended to have happier times with experienced centers, which certainly wasn’t the case last season. Perhaps this is why:
When Mason was Georgia’s quarterback, then-offensive coordinator Mike Bobo had a complex offense and put a lot on centers and quarterbacks to make checks at the lines and read the blitzes. And it required the quarterback to be on the same page as his offensive line, especially the center.
The unanswered question, of course, is how much of how disjointed Georgia’s 2015 offense looked can be laid at the feet of a new center and how much can be attributed to the way the scheme around him was implemented. I have no idea as to either, but perhaps we’ll get some idea as this season unfolds.