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Mark Richt on Hutson Mason: 'He's earned the right to play'

Georgia's backup QB has waited a long time behind Aaron Murray, and if Murray returns for his senior season, he'll have to wait even more.

Scott Cunningham

If patience is a virtue, than Georgia backup QB Hutson Mason must be a very virtuous man indeed.

Mason, who spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons backing up Aaron Murray, decided to redshirt this season in order to put some distance between him and the Bulldogs star QB.

And if Murray decides to return for his senior season, that means Mason, who will be a redshirt junior in 2013, will have spent four years backing up his good friend.

Mark Richt, while talking to reporters this week in preparation for the Capital One Bowl, acknowledged the difficulty of the situation Mason is in (courtesy of Dogbytesonline):

"I think Hutson certainly deserves to play," Richt said. "He's earned the right to play. Managing that will be a whole other question. The question of, ‘Is he ready to play and has he earned the right to play?' I'd say yes. To sit here and try to say what that's going to look like, I wouldn't get into that. Guys at all positions get to a certain point where you feel like as a coach that they can perform and do well. Hutson has reached that point in his career I think."

If there's any consolation for Mason, it's from the history of the Georgia program, when D.J. Shockley had to wait out David Greene's career in Athens. When he finally got his chance to start as a fifth-year senior, Shockley led the Bulldogs to an SEC championship.

Mason, who has passed for 356 yards and 3 TDs in his time in Georgia, can only hope his career ends as perfectly.

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