Hot or Cold: Hutson Mason playing his best football of the season
Checking in on the bye week temperatures in Athens, Ga.
Nick Chubb. At this point, what more can you say? Chubb is making Georgia fans forget all about Todd Gurley. The true freshman tailback carried the ball 30 times against Arkansas for 202 yards and two touchdowns. He was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and he powered the Georgia offense to 45 points. His incredible performances in Gurley’s absence has led some to wonder whether UGA has the second best back in the league. Chubb’s always had the ability, but now with the confidence to match, he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Hutson Mason. The fifth-year senior has yet to throw for at least 200 yards in one game this season, but he’s playing his best football of the season when the Bulldogs need it the most. In the last two weeks, Mason has thrown 335 yards and three touchdowns, and most importantly, no interceptions. In fact, he’s been turnover-free since Gurley’s suspension and that’s when he’s the most valuable to Georgia. As long as he doesn’t turn the ball over, inflated passing numbers aren’t nearly as essential to the success of Georgia’s offense.
Georgia’s second half defense. Easily the worst part of Georgia’s game against Arkansas was the second-half defensive performance. At the half, Georgia led by 32 points, but that lead slimmed down to just 13 points with five minutes remaining. Arkansas scored four touchdowns in the second half and the Bulldogs certainly weren’t as sharp. A full 60-minute performance from a defense as talented as Georgia’s would certainly be encouraging for UGA fans moving forward.
The length of Todd Gurley’s suspension. It’s been nearly two weeks since the initial news of Gurley’s indefinite suspension broke and nothing new has developed. Georgia has been largely quiet about the whole situation and there’s seemingly no end in sight. Of course, an update will likely be given in the near future, but for now it’s a wait-and-see approach which I’m sure has many Georgia fans nervously biting their nails.