Georgia Quarterback Takes Shot At Kirby Smart
Georgia quarterback Huston Mason takes a shot at Kirby Smart during a recent appearance on Paul Finebaum’s radio program.
Mason, who played quarterback for the Bulldogs during the Mark Richt Era, took issue with how Smart managed his team late in their 20-17 defeat to unranked South Carolina on Saturday.
In particular, Mason did not like Smart’s playcalling when Georgia was at the South Carolina 38-yard line with a third-and-five and eight seconds remaining on the clock.
The Bulldogs attempted to set up a shorter field goal attempt, but instead a penalty pushed the team out of range altogether.
Mason believed that Smart’s indecisiveness led to that penalty.
“I think Kirby’s exactly right, there’s not a coach in America that is not going to try to get a couple extra yards with eight seconds left,” Mason said.
“Especially when you have the most trustworthy quarterback in Jake Fromm.
“He’s taught, and he would have, just thrown the ball out of bounds if nothing was there.
“My core problem with this is that Kirby Smart was unprepared for the moment,” he continued.
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“And I mean that by, if you remember the play was called in late from (offensive coordinator) James Coley, there were no timeouts left, Fromm then audibled at the line of scrimmage with under five seconds, illegal shift bumps them out of field goal range.
“The angle that nobody is talking about is why did the play take so long to get in?
“And it only points back to Kirby. Because in the situation there, Kirby is trying to decide, ‘Am I going to punt it? Am I going to go for it? Am I going to kick a field goal?’
“And the problem is, he should have been a play ahead, two steps ahead thinking about these things.”
Georgia may be out of the conversation for the College Football Playoff for now, but it is still very much in the running for the SEC East top spot.
And if the Bulldogs win out and then defeat Alabama, or LSU, or whoever is the SEC West’s representative in the conference title game, they could very easily find themselves back in the College Football Playoff.