Joe Cox Or Hutson Mason: Take Your Pick for the Season, Take Your Pick vs. Arkansas
Being the next QB up after stars like Aaron Murray and Matt Stafford is not an easy task. Hutson Mason (now) and Joe Cox (after Stafford) had the luxury of doing so, and as such are immediately compared to the men who previously ran the Bulldog offense. Is that fair? Heck no. Joe Cox who backed up and then replaced a future Number 1 overall draft pick and Pro Bowler. Hutson Mason is taking the place of one of the greatest QBs in SEC history (statistically). Clearly neither of these guys had an easy task. The real question is: Who would you want leading the Bulldogs this season?
- 24 Touchdown passes
- 15 Interceptions
- 3096 Career Passing Yards
- 8-4 (4-4 SEC Play) In full year as a starter
Cox had the luxury of throwing it to the greatest receiver to ever come through UGA, A.J. Green. You can see how good A.J. Green is by how good he is making Andy Dalton look for the Bengals. What Cox did not have was a solid running game. Knowshon left with Stafford, leaving Caleb King and Washaun Ealy to lead the Bulldogs in rushing. You could put those running backs together and they would still not be as good as TG3.
- 2167 Career Passing Yards (to this point)
- 16 Career Touchdown passes
- 6 interceptions
- 5-1 (3-1 SEC Play) In first full year as a starter
Mason does not have the luxury of throwing to a guy like A.J. Green. He has some really talented receivers like Mitchell, Bennet andScott-Wesley, but no one like Green. But Mason has been able to turn around and hand the ball to the most talented running back group Georgia has ever had. And sometimes it seems like Bobo would rather hand the ball off the entire game, then even give Mason a shot at stretching the defense. In that regard, I guess “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the new “Finish The Drill” for the Dawgs.
Who I Take for the Season
Mason and Cox both had things that the other wished they could have had. Mason wants an A.J. Green, and Cox would have loved TG3 and all his boys. Honestly, I believe that if you would have given Joe Cox a solid running game and a defensive coordinator like Pruitt, then the 2009 season would have been much better. Joe Cox when compared to Matt Stafford had a baby arm, but Hutson Mason would look like entirely armless relative to Stafford. Joe Cox would have beaten South Carolina (like he did in 2009) and UGA would be sitting pretty at number 1 or 2 in the country within the context of this season.
But of course, I would be remiss to talk about Joe Cox without mentioning his performance against Arkansas in 2009. If ever the Ginger Ninja showed star-like qualities, it was on the road against the Razorbacks. In that contest Cox posted the following statistical line:
- 25 Attempts
- 18 Completions
- 375 Yards
- 1 Interception
- 5 Touchdowns
Don’t remember that game? Our good friends at The UGA Vault do.
So perhaps the most pertinent question heading into tomorrow’s showdown with Arkansas, is how Joe Cox-like Hutson Mason can be?