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Mason impresses in Georgia spring game

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — An injury late last season gave Hutson Mason a head start on replacing record-setting Aaron Murray as Georgia's quarterback.

The fifth-year senior cemented his place atop the depth chart in Saturday's G-Day spring football team, leading the Red first-team offense to a 27-24 win over the Black.

Meanwhile, it is a free-for-all on defense where new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has wiped the slate clean.

"The guys on defense will all tell you that no one knows who is going to play where, who is going to start and who will do what," coach Mark Richt said. "This offseason will determine a lot."

Mason completed 18 of 27 passes Saturday for 241 yards and one touchdown. All but three of the Red team's 27 points came with Mason at the helm. He might have had another touchdown but junior tailback Todd Gurley fumbled through the back of the end zone on the opening drive of the game.

"He had a good day today," said Richt of Mason. "His other two scrimmages were better than today. He is very knowledgeable and comfortable. He is accurate. He is a competitor. I know he is excited about this next season."

Mason thought about transferring while Murray was setting records.

"My pride was telling me one thing and my heart was telling me something else," Mason said.

With Mason directing the offense, the Reds drove to a 34-yard Marshall Morgan field goal, a 10-yard TD pass to Reggie Davis, a 2-yard scoring run by Gurley and a 1-yard dive by Brendan Douglas.

Redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey came on late to lead the Reds to another Morgan field goal, this one from 30 yards.

But redshirt sophomore Faton Bauta had his best day at the spring, completing 16 of 28 passes for 232 yards and two TDs, with one interception.

"Faton made a wise decision to wear a regular-color jersey," Richt said. "He was able to show what he can do athletically."

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