Mason Gets Media Award

ATHENS - Hutson Mason answered countless questions this season about the Bulldogs’ lack of a downfield passing game and the heavy reliance on running the football.

The senior quarterback was always available to answer questions from the media time and again. Win or loss. Touchdown or interception. Usually with insightful responses.

And for all that, he’s this year’s GATA (Gracious Attitude Toward Answering) Award winner as voted on by the media who cover the team.

“It probably has nothing to do with our blunt answers, huh?” Mason said when he posed for a photo with former Bulldogs linebacker and current graduate assistant Christian Robinson.

The award is named after Robinson, who won it in 2011. Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley won it the next two years.

Also receiving votes from the media this time around: Conley, cornerback Damian Swann, center David Andrews, linebacker Ramik Wilson and Jordan Jenkins and offensive guard Greg Pyke.

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Richt expects to have a new strength and conditioning coach hired “relatively soon,” to replace Joe Tereshinski after four seasons.

Richt didn’t have word yet on any academic casualties for the bowl game since grades hadn’t come back yet. “As of right now, I’m not expecting (any),” he said.

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