ATHENS - Realistically, there has never been a doubt that Hutson Mason is Georgia's starting quarterback. Entering the spring Mike Bobo at least wanted there to be the appearance of a competition, mainly to push Mason.
Mason ended up playing so well this spring that when practice officially ended on Thursday, even Bobo acknowledged the obvious: Mason is the starter, and it's not very close.
“I thought Hutson had an outstanding spring," Bobo said after Georgia's final practice on Thursday. "Really stepped up in the leadership department. Had great command of the offense. Was extremely accurate. Came every day prepared to get better. Even today was one of his better days, on the last days. He was extremely focused. I expect him to take that confident that he gained this spring and his leadership abilities and apply it to the summer.”
Mason's accuracy has been good, not throwing an interception over the three scrimmages, and completing over 65 percent in all 11-on-11 situations in practice. That’s particularly impressive given the amount of skill position players around him who were out this spring, as Bobo pointed out.
Mason's main goal for the offseason was to improve his footwork in the pocket, watching film of Tom Brady's drop-backs and pocket presence. The verdict? Success, according to Bobo.
“From the first day to the last day you could tell there was more zip on the ball," Bobo said. "I think he was using his lower body a lot better, and his throwing motion. He stayed more settled in the pocket, and kept his feet beneath him. And he still made plays with his feet running out of the pocket.”
As an example of that mobility, during a one-minute drill in Thursday’s practice Mason scrambled for about a 15-yard touchdown run.
“He’s mobile enough to move and hurt you when things break down,” Bobo said.