Hutson Mason era officially underway

Hutson Mason era officially underway

ATHENS — Aaron Murray's career at Georgia has ended.

The record-setting quarterback will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday for a torn ACL, according to his mother.

Murray, who made his 52nd consecutive start Saturday against Kentucky, will endure the procedure at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens.

The redshirt senior sustained the injury with 2:18 left the second quarter on when he was hit by Kentucky defensive end ZaDarius Smith. The play resulted in an interception.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said after the game that Murray tweaked the knee on a 28-yard run earlier in the quarter, and that he was concerned during the ensuing drive.

"I tried to put Huston in but basically he wouldn't let me," Bobo said of Murray after the play. "He said: ‘I'm fine. I'm playing.'

Bobo said he told Murray that he needed "see him moving" to remain in the game, and that the pair though he did well enough to stay.

"He's a tough kid," Bobo said.

It's a sour conclusion for Murray, who is considered among the greatest quarterbacks to play at Georgia. He became just the third signal caller in NCAA history to throw for 3,000 yards in four seasons last night. He also holds SEC records with 121 touchdown passes and 13,166 pass yards, a mark previously held by former Bulldog David Greene.

"It's really unfortunate, especially the way he's played the last couple of games and really the entire season," said tight end Arthur Lynch, who is also Murray's roommate and among his closest friends. "This one in particular is tough because I know it was an emotional one for him. It's just a shame."

The Hutson Mason era is officially underway with Murray out for the season and fulfilling his eligibility.

Mason has seen action in three games this season, including the second half and change last night. He's completed 68.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 349 yards and two touchdowns.

The redshirt junior from the Atlanta suburbs came to Athens as one of the state's top prospects in 2010 listed a three-star. He threw 85 touchdown passes at Lassiter High School, good for fifth most all-time in Georgia.

But Mason was a victim of circumstance. He arrived as Murray assumed the starting role and held it since over a four-year span.

"I've been through some ups and downs the last two years," Mason said. "It's just really been an emotional rollercoaster."

He redshirted last year to create separation between Murray, and said that he considered transferring twice during his career. Faith ultimately kept him in Athens.

"This is just where my heart is," Mason said. "I always knew I wanted to be here. It was harder for me to think about leaving than it was to think about staying."

Barring obscurity Mason will start next week at Georgia Tech and in Georgia's upcoming bowl game, which will be determined on Dec. 8.

Stay tuned for updates following Georgia coach Mark Richt's teleconference this evening.

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