“It definitely helps these kids getting up here early in the summer,” Bobo said. “He’s been up here all summer studying the playbook and out there throwing with the guys, and he’s had to take a lot of reps. A lot of times when young quarterbacks come in, there are a couple older guys ahead of them. You don’t get many throws out there in the summer, but he has had to step in the huddle with no coaches around and lead. I think that’s been good for him.”
It will be a real blessing if Mason has to play in 2010. Georgia coaches and fans are hoping mightily that that won’t be the case, but it’s looking like Mason will enter fall camp as the Bulldogs’ backup quarterback behind redshirt freshman Aaron Murray, Bobo said Wednesday.
“It’s looking that way,” Bobo said. “It is scary. It’s scary starting any season with a new quarterback who hasn’t played a lot, which we will be. Now you don’t have anybody else (with experience) at that position. It’s scary, but that’s where we have to as an offensive football team really depend on our offensive line this year, and hopefully this is the year that we stay healthy and stay together and play like we think we can play.”
Mason, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder out of Lassiter High School, was rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He has added height and 25 pounds of weight since his senior year of high school, Bobo said.
Veteran Logan Gray could be Georgia’s backup quarterback, but he expressed a desire to move full-time to wide receiver after falling behind Murray on the depth chart, and Georgia’s coaches hope to give him that chance.
“It’s not 100 percent, but right now he’s going to be working full time at receiver and trying to get him into that mold and seeing if he can help us there,” Bobo said. “We don’t want to jerk the kid around and say hey you’re doing this this day and that the next day. We want to fair to him and give him an opportunity to play that position but nothing is set in stone yet.”
After saying all that, Bobo admitted that, should Murray suffer an injury early in the year, the temptation to go with the more experienced Gray might be too great for the coaches to pass up.
“I’d say naturally it would be Logan Gray,” he said. “He’s got experience. He’s practiced that position for three years. Unless (Mason) comes out here and lights it up, and we feel like, `Hey, we’ve got something right here.’ You never know who would surprise you. If something happened, I’d probably say Logan right now.”
Georgia coaches will meet today to plan out their fall camp schedule and will know more then about how much, if any, Gray will practice at quarterback in the preseason.