“After the performance of Hutson Mason against Tennessee I think it is fair to say UGA has a QB controversy. “

TheDawgBone.com (Index) of links to articles and blogs on the vols’ game ‘Tween The Hedges shows that the entirety of The Bulldog Nation disagrees with Mark Richt on Hutson Mason.  I guess TheDawgbone.com presume all of these are not questioning Mark Richt’s decision.  Excuse me, they all do.

 

(1)

http://www.thedawgbone.com/

 

(2) There is a QB controversy for The Bulldogs :

http://dawgs.fanternity.com/Blogs/there-is-a-qb-controversy-at-uga-2497.html#.VCkyYzqBEnE

“After the performance of Hutson Mason against Tennessee I think it is fair to say UGA has a QB controversy.  Mason looked indecisive in the pocket, his poor arm strength stood out and he made poor decisions on throws…I mentioned after the South Carolina game and the Troy game, Mason’s lack of arm strength is startling.  Mason simply cannot make the throws that are necessary for this offense to be as explosive as it can be.  With guys like Mitchell and Scott-Wesley back we won’t really be able to use their speed to our advantage bcause Mason won’t be able to get it to them downfield…I would prepare Brice Ramsey as the starter and see how he handles a whole game plan and game preparation.  If he goes out against Vanderbilt and plays well then you give him the keys to the car kind of like you did with Matthew Stafford.  My opinion is with Hutson Mason is we are playing not to lose.  With a guy like Ramsey, sure he will make some mistakes, but he is capable of making up for those mistakes with the spectacular.  What do you have to lose against Vanderbilt?  The last thing I want to see is a wasted season due to an inept quarterback when you have a talent as special as Todd Gurley in the backfield. ”

It’s clear that our fans and all national media are questioning Mark Richt’s decision to go with Hutson Mason, and even more so, the longer this Hutson Mason Experiment is allowed to go on.

FineDawg
“I agree 1000%…after todays game it’s become crystal clear Mason is not gonna lead us to an SEC championship or a trip to the final four. I say we take a shot with Ramsey. With our running game, it wouldnt be asking too much for the young kid to play the role of “game manager”…he would allow us to stretch the field more and provide more of a compliment to the rushing attack. Sadly, we all know Richt wont pull Mason”
ImYourHuckleberry
“With Ramsey I would be handing the ball off to Gurley/Chubb and then taking play action shots deep down the field to Justin Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell. Then I would be throwing a lot of passes outside the hashmarks making the reads much more simple. The first time Ramsey uncorks a throw 60 yards downfield in the air to Mitchell or JSW the defense is going to think twice about 8 or 9 in the box.”
ImYourHuckleberry
“arm strength cannot be fixed.”
(3) AP Poll dropped us to # 6 SEC team behind Mississippi State, who has nowhere near the talent we do :
(4)
“inferior quarterback play that made Georgia’s offense one-dimensional…squeaker victory over a young, modestly talented Tennessee team Saturday at Sanford Stadium.  The Vols could [stack 9 men in the box] because, frankly, they didn’t respect Georgia’s passing game. At all.  And didn’t need to, unfortunately.  As a result, the Vols held the Bulldogs to a dismal 1 of 10 on third-down conversions.  I don’t know whether Mason has some sort of arm fatigue or just wasn’t feeling it Saturday, but his passes had no zip and frequently were off-target. He also continued to show the downside of his first-year-starter status, locking in on well-covered receivers while ignoring others who were wide open, and tucking and running (mostly ineffectually) whenever his pocket threatened to collapse.  But perhaps Richt and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo need to consider getting [Brice Ramsey] some more playing time…lest the Dogs come to rely strictly on their running game. Yes, Ramsey (who got in on only one play Saturday after Mason had lost his helmet) would be prone to freshman mistakes, but, let’s face it, despite being a fifth-year senior, so is Mason. And he’ll be gone after this year. ‘We had two turnovers that could have turned into points’ [ Mark Richt said.]  Georgia got a win that was much closer than it should have been.”
(5)
” It gets old [our only goal every year now is our DOWN SEC East] for the Georgia program, but that is the reality with the way the schedule sets up…how hideous they look.  Georgia won in spite of a punchless passing attack”
(6)
“This evidently won’t be the game that Georgia goes downfield. The tailback or fullback has touched the ball on 29 of Georgia’s 34 plays [to start vs the vols]. And at least at the outset it wasn’t a matter of taking what the defense is giving the Bulldogs: Tennessee didn’t respect the pass at all, stacking the box to start the game. And on third-and-eight on Georgia’s first drive the Vols only had one safety back. Mason couldn’t take advantage…And a couple drives later, when Mason had his…interception…it looked bleak for the passing game…this may be the game Mason needs to pass the ball to win”
(7)
” the offense didn’t come out after halftime with…success.  Seemingly changing the play calling, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo called five passing plays to start the half. Mason pulled the ball down for a run once of those five plays and went 2-for-4 for 13 yards and his second interception of the game on the other four plays and Georgia would go on to punt in its next four drives.  Compounding Mason’s struggles was the fact that Gurley was rarely used in the quarter, including a nearly 11 minute stretch in which Gurley did not have a carry.   ‘The defense had a lot of series there, especially in the third quarter, when they didn’t have a lot of grass behind them,’ Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. ‘I thought the defense did a phenomenal job after both turnovers, not giving up any points.’ [Josh] Dawson’s fumble recovery for a touchdown ultimately gave Georgia the win.”
(8)
WR Michael BennettOn the passing game…
“We’re doing what we need to be doing. We aren’t trying to force anything, but we’re taking what is given to us. We were taking some shots down the field we just need to execute them.”
(9)
“Fact is, Gurley had to turn into Superman, or Herschel Walker reincarnated, because of the inability of the Georgia passing game to make things happen.  Folks, without Todd Gurley, the Bulldogs don’t even come close to winning this football game.”

RxDawg

 23 hour(s) ago Comment

“I love Gurley.  But I hate being a one man team offensively.   Which may be a slight overstatement…but dag gummit, we’ve got to get some QB play.”

bpUGA09

20 hour(s) ago Comment

“Unfortunately, I just don’t think Mason has it in him.  If he did, we would have at least seen glimpses of it at this point.”

Fred Russo

Comment

“We suck! what did we beat today? I said after the SC game Tennessee would beat us and they would have if Worley did no go down for a period. This is one more Wait until next year under CMR!”

 

Comment

“[Mike Bobo] has shown time and time that his play calling mindset is flawed.  Another example of Bobo’s poor mindset of running plays is the excess number of times we run “shotgun run option.” I put that in quotes because it’s rare to see our QB keep the ball. This puts in RB into a poor position for success (not moving north/south, allows defense for time to attack etc). I wish someone would break down our RB’s success/yards on shotgun run plays vs. toss sweeps/I formation.”

“Yeah wish he had knew that at sc two weeks ago! That yet another no brainer!! I agree with all that if they would only bench mason and let Ramsey play I mean we could teach a monkey to do what mason is doin. I know now why he rode the pine fur four years!……….he sux!!!!”

bpUGA09

Comment

“AM graduated one year too soon.  I can’t even imagine how insane our offense would be with Gurley going like this AND having a stone cold assassin at QB.”

 

(10)

http://www.macon.com/2014/09/27/3331143/struggles-continue-for-georgia.html

Struggles continue for Georgia passing game

sports@macon.com September 27, 2014

” Hutson Mason didn’t sugarcoat his performance against Tennessee.  He didn’t point fingers at receivers, linemen or coaches. He didn’t try and convince anyone that the passing game did, in fact, play better than what the statistics say or what the game film most certainly will show.  Quite simply, he was honest.  “The pass game is very frustrating. That starts with me,” Mason said. “It just flat out starts with me getting better in the passing game.”  With constant one-on-one coverage on the outside and a one-high safety — looks the Bulldogs have seen a lot of this season — Tennessee dared Georgia to win with its passing game. And, yet again, the Bulldogs’ offense unsuccessfully quieted the concerns of its non-existent downfield passing attack.  “It was frustrating,” head coach Mark Richt said, unable to wholeheartedly diagnose the passing offense as a season-long problem.”

Bill P Northenor · Top Commenter · Attended Macon State and Ft Valley

“Mason is not a gifted quarterback, he is just “good” enough to keep the offense somewhat varied. I was sure last year that he was going to be an average SEC type quarterback…Against top flight SEC teams, Georgia will struggle this year. This is not a top 4 team which is required to get into the playoffs.”
(11)
http://www.redandblack.com/sports/hutson-mason-disappointed-by-his-two-interception-performance-saturday/article_5c5bfc6a-46aa-11e4-91d1-001a4bcf6878.html

Hutson Mason disappointed by his two-interception performance Saturday

 Posted: Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:56 pm | Updated: 10:32 am, Sun Sep 28, 2014. 

“Georgia senior quarterback Hutson Mason wasn’t happy about his performance in Saturday’s win over Tennessee.  “It’s frustrating,” Mason said. “It’s just, I don’t know, I don’t have an answer for it.”  Mason talked after the game like he was the losing quarterback after he didn’t live up to his own expectations.”

 

(11)

icedawg

Sun., Sep 28 @ 10:56:10 pm

“To compete with the elite the pass has to get fixed…If we don’t improve or have new people step up and fill in those gaps we will have another mediocre season.”

(12)

http://www.berniesdawgblawg.com/2014/09/we-need.html

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

We need…

“I’d like to officially admit that we need a quarterback that can make a play on third and long. Otherwise, somewhat decent teams are going to be able to beat us.”

Ed

“I agree! Hudson Mason is not the guy. He has a high school arm, not an SEC arm.”

 

 

  • “I agree. He can’t throw long and doesn’t appear to be happy playing for the Dawgs. He always seem grumpy. Let next years QB’s play now.”

     

     

(13)

One-dimensional Georgia offense is lucky it has Todd Gurley

dudeyoucrazy:

“Wish I knew how much of the general lack of passing game” to attribute to

1. Hutson Mason”

 

(14)
“… Georgia’s passing game against Tennessee was a complete mess.  They’ve played in their fourth game of the season, with a fifth-year senior at quarterback and senior wide receivers, and they’re still struggling mightily”

sectionzalum

“it seemed to me that Mason bird dogged his first receiver all game, and if that wasn’t there, he couldn’t find the 2nd or 3rd receiver. found myself thinking that if we had to be one-dimensional we might as well bring in Bauta and run the read option.”

(15)
The obvious concerns of the day the lack of a vertical passing game”
“As I was driving back from Athens there were echoes that UGA would have to win “in spite of” Hutson Mason.”
(16)

September 28, 2014

Georgia’s passing issues

“I can’t help but to think Mason has something going on with his arm. Folks keep saying wait from Mitchell or wait for JSW, but having someone to throw deep to is clearly not the issue.”
  • “Amen again Tyler…Mason is not even executing game management now. I saw the lack of arm strength in the spring game and the Nebraska game. I’m not sure he’s regressed at all. The opponents just have it figured out. I perceive a growing lack of patience in the bulldawg nation over many things. We need our staff to go with our best chance to grow and win a championship. With that performance against a young physically talented team we better be more ready to take risks on younger more physically talented players and get them experience in live game situations. (i.e. Ramsey, Park or Fauta).”

(17)
“It’s an adjustment not having a QB who can chuck it deep. And not an easy one to get used to.”
(18)
Michaux: With Hutson Mason in a funk, Todd Gurley comes to rescue for Georgia
“With a passing game that was – oh, how can this be put diplomatically? – ineffective, Georgia was in grave danger of losing to Tennessee…“We came out and got like three straight three-and-outs and everybody was like, ‘We’ve got to run the ball. We’ve got to run the ball,’” Gurley said of the second-half lull.  Mason was (again, being diplomatic) not so good.   “Without that run game I don’t know where we’d be right now as far as wins or losses,” admitted Mason. “Those guys have definitely carried our team.”  But for how long and how far? Plan A is really, really, really good, but Georgia needs to find a Plan B soon.”
(19)
“Worley throw for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns without an interception. Hutson Mason threw for less than 6 yards an attempt and posted a 1-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio.”
(20)

“Georgia’s passing offense (162.3 yards per game) ranks 111th in the nation, ahead of only Vanderbilt in the SEC. But perhaps the worst sign is the Bulldogs are averaging 10.14 yards per completion, which is 113th nationally and worst in the SEC.  ‘The passing game hasn’t been going too well’ [Todd Gurley II said.]  “The bottom line is when you play quarterback you’ve gotta deal with the good and the bad, and right now I’m sure he’s frustrated with not getting many deep balls thrown, and completed, and all that sort of thing,” Richt said.

(21)
Category: UGA Football    Sunday, 28 September 2014 18:40              Author: Murray Poole          0 Comments
“Richt also discussed senior quarterback Hutson Mason possibly experiencing a great deal of frustration following his shaky performance against the Vols, when Mason suffered two interceptions and again failed to complete any downfield throws.”
(22)
1. Sometimes it’s unclear whether the Bulldogs are trying to win because of Todd Gurley or to prove they can win without him. Example: Saturday’s third quarter. It opened with five consecutive Georgia pass plays, one of which became a Hutson Mason scramble. The first series yielded an interception, the second a three-and-out. Gurley, who would finish with 208 yards rushing, didn’t touch the ball. Indeed, he carried only four times for nine yards in a quarter that saw neither side score.  2. The passing game got a failing grade. With the Tennessee defense aligned to stop Gurley (also a fail), the way was clear for Hutson Mason to find open receivers off play-action. Didn’t happen. Mason…threw two bad interceptions. “We’re definitely not clicking in throwing the ball” [Mark Richt said.]
I am not into CENSORSHIP and I will be darned but that it seems what I’ve been saying all along since prior to Hutson Mason being named the QB to be the only QB to play any game, that everyone agrees with me now all of a sudden.  Don’t you ?
9-29-2014
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