ATHENS - It's easy to look too deep into the reported stats from scrimmages. And no doubt we do that at Georgia. But the more important stat, when examining the quarterback situation, may be in the number of chances each quarterback got on Wednesday.
Aaron Murray had the bulk of the pass attempts, with 17. No surprise there. He needs to get a rapport with the receivers.
But junior Hutson Mason, who is supposed to redshirt, had 13 throws. Christian LeMay, a redshirt freshman who is supposed to be Murray's main backup, only got six.
(And Mason did much better than LeMay.)
It's still early enough in preseason camp that this shouldn't be seen as panic time for LeMay, and his status as the backup. But it's another indication that while Mason will redshirt if Murray stays healthy, that LeMay still hasn't proven to the coaches that he can be the man if Murray goes down.
"If something happened today, Hutson's No. 2," head coach Mark Richt said on Wednesday.
This doesn't reflect a change of plans. It's what they've said all along: They hope to redshirt Mason.
But I asked Richt on Wednesday at what point would the Mason-LeMay plan possibly be altered?
"Things could change throughout camp. But Hutson's just got a tremendous feel for what he's doing, and has got another year under his belt compared to LeMay," Richt said. "LeMay's getting there, he's made progress. But as of right now, if something happened to Murray today it would be Hutson. I can't project how far down the road the season it would be that way.
"But let's say hypothecally if we felt Hutson was more ready to lead the team than Christian, well it could be Game 6, if something happened to Murray, Hutson's still the No. 2 quarterback. See what I'm saying? But if Murray's fine and we get an opportunity to play a second quarterback, then it would be LeMay."