Last night, Georgia Bulldogs’ quarterback Aaron Murray sealed the deal on his final season of eligibility in low key fashion—with one tweet from his Twitter account.
Blessed to be the QB for the Dawgs, not ready to leave just yet. Time to get back to work & help lead this team to a championship #GoDawgs
— Aaron Murray (@aaronmurray11) January 7, 2013
What followed was a barrage of “re-tweets” as everyone from Dawg fans to news media rushed to let the world know the news. And while I was never happier to have been wrong about Murray’s fate than I was last night, my next thought was what about Hutson Mason?
Coach Richt made it clear as recently as a few weeks ago that Mason would get more snaps in 2013…no matter what Murray decided.
“I think Hutson certainly deserves to play,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “I mean, he’s earned the right to play. Managing that will be another whole question. But is he ready to play and has he earned the right to play? I’d say yes. To sit here and try to say what all that’s going to look like, I wouldn’t get into that.”
Whatever happens in this situation, it wouldn’t be unfamiliar territory for Georgia as former quarterback D.J. Shockley waited four years for his shot at the starting position. However, in his case, there weren’t two highly-touted prospects waiting in line for him to graduate as there now will be with Aaron Murray.
At Georgia there is not only rising redshirt junior Hutson Mason, but redshirt sophomore Christian LeMay, redshirt freshman Faton Bauta, and the incoming Brice Ramsey as well.
To say there will be a logjam of talent in Georgia’s depth chart would be an understatement.
That said, the general consensus on all of those players seems to be that none are more game-ready than Mason and none would be a threat to Mason had Murray decided to bolt for the NFL; Mason is poised to be the next starter at the University of Georgia, but the question now has to be is he still wiling to wait?