Mason pick-free so far

ATHENS - Tennessee coach Butch Jones lauded Hutson Mason this week for “managing the game exceptionally well.”

The Georgia quarterback is averaging just 139.7 passing yards per game, but is seventh nationally in completion percentage at 71.2 percent and hasn’t thrown an interception.

Georgia is one of nine offenses nationally with no interceptions.

“A lot of it has to do with preparation, knowing where to go with a ball before a snap and then sometimes you’ve got to get a little lucky like that ball I threw to Isaiah (McKenzie) on Saturday,” Mason said.

“Probably could have caught it and he didn’t and it got tipped and if that guy was a step closer it would have picked off so sometimes you get a little lucky.”

Receiver Chris Conley said Mason only takes chances on plays where his receiver can get to the ball. “That’s a sign of a veteran quarterback,” Conley said.

Before Georgia offered a scholarship to Mason, he was offered by Jones and Central Michigan and later from Cincinnati when Jones became head coach there.

Mason was recruited at those schools by offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, now in that position for Jones at Tennessee.   This and that

  There were 28 underclassmen from SEC schools that declared for the 2014 NFL draft. Richt thinks a 29th should have gone. He said Tennessee inside linebacker A.J. Johnson from Gainesville is the “catalyst of that defense,” and wouldn’t have mined if he was already in the league. “Really, I thought he should have turned pro last year,” Richt said. “I don't know why  he came back, but he's back and doing a great job.” Johnson is second in the SEC with 9.7 tackles per game. Georgia’s Amarlo Herrera is tied for fourth at 8.0 and Ramik Wilson is sixth at 7.7.

Safety J.J. Green, who was ejected from the Troy game for a targeting penalty, worked as a first-team safety early in practice Tuesday. “I think the way they practice this week will determine who plays,” defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said. “We’re so young and inexperienced it’s kind of an open completion every day.”

Offensive tackle Watts Dantzler, who has rotated in some for Kolton Houston on the right side, was in a non-contact jersey Tueday. “He got a little banged up in the game and did a little moving around,” offensive line coach Will Friend said. “We’ll see where he’s at as the week goes on.”

Cornerback Shattle Fenteng, who has yet to play this season due to a shoulder injury, won’t play Saturday, Pruitt said.

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