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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Position scouting report: Quarterback

By David Ching

Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, we’ll take a look at each position on Georgia’s depth chart and project how it might look in the future. Today we examine Georgia’s quarterbacks:

Hutson Mason
QB Hutson Mason, coming off a redshirt season, looks to have at least one more season as the backup.
Current two-deep depth chart: Aaron Murray (Jr.), Hutson Mason (Jr.)

Who’s ready to move up for more playing time?: With Murray’s announcement on Sunday that he plans to return for his senior season, it’s hard to say how much playing time will be available. Mason just completed a redshirt season that would allow him to compete to be the starter in 2014. He would probably be the first option to play over several younger contenders.

High-profile commits: Under Armour All-American Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) is already on campus as an early enrollee and will participate in spring practices.

Additional targets on the board: The Bulldogs appear to be set at quarterback for the time being.

2013 game plan: There is a considerable logjam at the position now that Ramsey’s addition gives Georgia five quarterbacks on scholarship, plus walk-on Parker Welch. Mason redshirted in 2012 with the idea that Murray might leave for the NFL after this season, giving him two years to potentially be the Bulldogs’ starter. But now Mason, Christian LeMay, Faton Bauta and Ramsey are all on campus as Murray’s backups. It will be interesting to see whether any of the reserves opt to transfer in search of greater opportunity elsewhere. And 2014?: Murray will be out of the picture by then, so 2014 will represent the first legitimate quarterback free-for-all at Georgia since the 2010 offseason when Murray, Logan Gray and Zach Mettenberger all competed for the job. Should he stay at UGA, Mason would probably be the favorite to start as of now, but there is a long time between now and then. The Bulldogs’ QB recruiting plans for the next two years likely depend on whether any players decide to transfer, but names such as Tyler Harris (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County), Brooks Barden (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville), DeShaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) and Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner Senior) are worth following.

What about 2015?: Even Mason would be gone by then, so one player out of the current crop of youngsters might be preparing to get his first shot. Ramsey, an Under Armour All-American, is an intriguing candidate, but LeMay also has a versatile skill set and Bauta has turned heads with his relentless work ethic. On the recruiting front, Tyler Queen (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb Christian) and Caleb Wilson (Starkville, Miss./Starkville) -- the son of new defensive line coach Chris Wilson -- are players to watch for 2015.