Georgia Football: Hutson Mason Lacks Clear Backup In 2014

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The Georgia Bulldogs will enter the season with a clear starter at the quarterback position. Hutson Mason, who has been behind Aaron Murray on the depth chart his whole career, will be the starter for the Bulldogs in 2014. Coach Mark Richt was hoping to end spring camp with a better feel for who would play behind Mason, but he is still unsure.

There are several viable options for the backup role. Faton Bauta, Brice Ramsey and true freshman Jacob Park all have the skills to be valuable backups for the 2014 season. Bauta had a great spring and really showed his abilities in the Bulldogs’ spring game. During the game, Bauta threw for 231 yards and rushed for another 39 yards. The performance may have given him an edge heading into summer workouts and fall practice.

As for Ramsey and Park, the two have a little catching up to do. Ramsey was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school. He has a big arm and is great in the pocket, but ran the wing-t offense in high school. The fact that he ran a run-first offense before arriving at Georgia, really put him behind the eight ball. Expect Ramsey to show improvements as he gets more practice running offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s offense.

Park, the true freshman, was also a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school. He was one of the top quarterbacks in the country. In high school, he was known for his big arm and physical toughness. Park may not become the backup for 2014, but expect him to become the Bulldogs’ starter when Mason graduates.

The battle for the No. 2 spot should be an interesting one to watch going into the fall. All three of the candidates have the work ethic to get the job done. Look for a decision to be made closer to the season opener against the Clemson Tigers in Athens.

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