Likely redshirt Mason sees plenty of playing time on G-Day

rseibel@macon.comApril 14, 2012 

ATHENS -- Hutson Mason might not get to play this fall, but he tried to prove Saturday that he will be ready if needed.

Mason, who has two years of eligibility remaining, is expected to redshirt this fall in order to give him a chance to compete for the starting quarterback position later in his career. But he saw plenty of action in Saturday’s G-Day game, taking the field for both teams at various points during the afternoon.

“It was kind of weird, because I got to go over there (to the Black team) and hear what (defensive coordinator Todd) Grantham was saying about game-planning the other team,” Mason said of playing for both sides Saturday. “It was good. G-Day’s fun. It’s relaxed. It’s a time to go out there and run some trick plays and do some stupid stuff. I think we gave the fans a great game.”

Mason started the day as Aaron Murray’s backup on the Red team, going 0-for-2 in the second quarter. He went over to the Black team in the third quarter, completing all four of his passes for 71 yards as the black rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to tie things at 17.

Then, to confuse things even more, Mason gave the Black the lead early in the fourth quarter -- by fumbling his first snap after returning to the Red team. The Red team was starting a series at its own 1 following an interception, and Garrison Smith fell on the fumbled snap to give the Black its only lead of the game.

Mason redeemed himself, however, by completing 4-of-5 passes for 46 yards as part of an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 10-yard scoring run by Ken Malcome to tie things back up.

After all of that switching around, Mason’s combined stats for the day: 9-of-12 for 133 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

“Georgia won, so we’re happy,” Mason said.

A special G-Day

Earlier this week, Justin Scott-Wesley made his wishes for G-Day known on Twitter.

His incarcerated father was about to wrap up a stint in jail in Mitchell County, and according to his Twitter post, Scott-Wesley wrote jail officials to ask that his father be let out a few days early in order to see him in the G-Day game.

Scott-Wesley’s father was released, and he was at Saturday’s game. Scott-Wesley responded by catching three passes for 46 yards for the Red, including the first ball that was thrown to him, a 20-yarder from Murray late in the first quarter.

“I’m excited, he’s excited, and my family is excited,” said Scott-Wesley, who mentioned that his father last saw him play as a senior in high school. “I’m just happy he could be here. He’s happy he could be here since he’s a big-time Georgia guy. I’m just trying to go out there and make him and my family proud.”

Big men, big plays

Much has been made during spring practice of how Georgia’s defensive front is ahead of the offensive line, and some of those key defensive players were able to show off a thing or two Saturday.

Ray Drew was able to show off some of his speed, picking up a couple of sacks and recording five tackles -- three of them solo -- in time spent with both teams.

Outside linebacker Ramik Wilson came up with an impressive interception early in the second quarter, picking off Christian LeMay at the start of the Black team’s second series, putting a spin move on a receiver trying to tackle him and returning the ball 19 yards down to the black 11, setting up a 26-yard field goal by Jamie Lindley.

In the fourth quarter, there were two big defensive plays -- Smith’s touchdown and Ricky Lowe’s 62-yard fumble recovery for a score that came about when Reuben Faloughi knocked the ball loose.

“We have a fast, aggressive defense,” Wilson said. “We have a lot of young players that need to step up because of some suspensions.”

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