ATHENS - Hutson Mason has ended up having a good season, but there were some early struggles. Through it all, however, Georgia's starting quarterback was cooperative and revealing with the media.
So it was little surprise that Mason was this year's recipient of the "GATA" media award. For the purposes of this award, it stands for Gracious Attitude Towards Answering.
Mason was given the award after Saturday's practice. Christian Robinson, a former Georgia linebacker and graduate assistant, was also on hand, as the award is named after him.
"Probably has nothing to do with our blunt answers, huh?" Mason cracked.
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Robinson was the first recipient of the award, after the 2011 season. Arthur Lynch won it the next year, followed by Chris Conley last year.
Mason was the runaway winner, but those also receiving votes included (in order) Conley, Damian Swann, David Andrews, Ramik Wilson, Jordan Jenkins and Greg Pyke. The voting was done in the same format as the Heisman Trophy, with media members voting for first, second and third place.
Mason enters the Belk Bowl with 2,019 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and just four interceptions. His season completion percentage (67.9) would be the best in school history for a starting quarterback, and his pass efficiency rating (154.8) is currently the fourth-best all time, trailing only Aaron Murray's final two seasons and Mike Bobo in 1997.
"I'm real proud of Hutson," head coach Mark Richt said. "I think he's been a great leader, very productive in what we've asked him to do. He's a great teammate and a great team leader."