Georgia backup quarterback Hutson Mason doesn't want to play Saturday when the Bulldogs open their season against Buffalo. He doesn't want to play all season long. And if all goes according to his plan, he'll sit on the bench behind starter Aaron Murray and redshirt, giving him two more years to potentially earn a starting job, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I never really pictured it to go this way," Mason said. "It's so funky and there are so many what-ifs.
"I've never hoped Aaron gets hurt," he continued. "I love Aaron. I'm knocking on wood hoping Aaron lights it up and stays healthy."
While backing up Murray the the past two seasons, Mason has played sparingly and completed 27-of-47 passes for 356 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. As a senior at Lassiter High school in Marietta, Ga., Mason set Georgia high school records with 4,560 passing yards and 54 touchdowns.
"Coaches have told me that I'm the No. 2 guy, and if Murray goes down I'm going to go in," Mason said. "But then you'd have to figure out how long he might be out for and that kind of thing. So I'm just treating it the exact same way and preparing the same way I did last year. I'm hoping I don't play but, at the same time, I've got to get ready."
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