Mason Aware of Jackets' INTs

ATHENS - Hutson Mason has thrown just three interceptions this season, but he will go up against a Georgia Tech defense that has picked off 16 passes, tied for eighth most in the nation.

“They seem to be in the right place at the right time,” Mason said. “Guys are just making plays. I don’t really see many forced balls or other quarterbacks making dumb decisions, just a tip ball here and a fumble there. It really has to do with good habits. They must be practicing the right way, how to strip the ball and how to rally to the ball.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Mason “has done a nice job going where he’s supposed to with the ball.”

  Linemen putting wrap on football careers

  Among the 27 players who will be recognized Saturday on Senior Day are two offensive linemen who are wrapping up their college careers with eligibility remaining.

Offensive tackle Xzavier Ward battled knee injuries throughout his career. Zach DeBell has played in eight games as a Bulldog, including two this season.

“X has really fought through a lot of injuries and stuff and just has never really been healthy,” center David Andrews said. “I know he’s had the chance to medical (disqualification) and things like that. I just respect that he stuck it out and kept practicing and doing what he could.”

Bobo said that Ward and DeBell decided this would be their last seasons a while ago.

DeBell, from Tarpon Springs, Fla.,  “is ready to go onto the next part of his life,” Andrews said. “Football comes to an end for everyone here.”

  This and that

Cornerback Damian Swann said he’s been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game, but hasn’t decided yet if he will play. Linebacker Amarlo Herrera already has committed to play in the game.

Freshman Jacob Park is serving as the scout team quarterback for Georgia Tech. “He’s been doing good every week,” Herrera said. “:He can throw the ball really good and he can run the ball good, too. He gives great looks.”

Defensive end commitment Natrez Patrick was at practice Tuesday. The Mays High senior plans to enroll early.

The SEC Network on-air crew for Saturday’s game is the same as last week’s Georgia game: Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Laura Rutledge.


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