"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.