Mason proves ready for anything

ATHENS, Ga. -- Hutson Mason thought he performed well lately, but even he was surprised to be named Georgia's co-offensive MVP at the end of spring practice alongside fellow quarterback Aaron Murray.

"I thought when they gave it to Murray that there was no way that they were going to give it to me," Mason said after completing 9 of 12 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown in last Saturday's G-Day game. "But I'm just thankful and blessed, and I think it speaks volumes about my development since I've been here and, I think, my potential.

"I think to be co-MVP with Aaron -- who's one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC and probably in the country -- it gives me courage and hope to continue to work hard. Hopefully it'll be a bright future for me here."

It's no secret that Georgia's coaching staff does not intend for that future to include on-field action in 2012, however. Mark Richt and company have made it clear that they plan to redshirt Mason if possible this fall, in order to gain a year of class separation between Murray and Mason, who are both juniors.