Said senior offensive guard Chris Burnette: “We’ll be like, ‘Slow down, slow down. We need to catch our breath for a second!’ But other than that, they’re not much different.”
As for running the plays, the Bulldogs believe Mason will flourish. While he has been limited to just nine games of backup experience, his teammates have raved about his ability and demeanor for three years.
“He’s got a great work ethic and he’s great in practice,” senior guard Dallas Lee said. “He showed that he’s pretty freaking good on Saturday. I don’t think he’ll miss much of a beat.”
Said Andrews: “It’s the way he carries himself. … Even when Murray was out there, Hutson is just a very commanding guy. He’s a very competitive guy. He’s like, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.’ It’s a different style than Aaron and it’s something we can adjust to and get used to and we knew it was coming. It was a fun day out there.”
Murray at practice: For the first time in five years, Murray's name showed up on Georgia's post-practice injury report. The senior quarterback was among 11 players on the list after Monday's practice. But Murray was back at the practice complex on Monday. He was walking with a single crutch and ate with the team after practice.
“It will be his motivation to beat whoever has the fastest comeback time from an ACL,” Lee, his close friend, said. “That’s the way he is with everything.”
Georgia had two other new names on Monday’s report: defensive lineman Sterling Bailey (ankle) and safety Corey Moore (knee) were both listed as out. No other information was available.
Two turkey days: The official team Thanksgiving meal took place Monday night at the football facility. The Bulldogs provided turkey and dressing for players and family members who were able to make it to campus. But tradition of the unofficial Thanksgiving Day meal that used to take place at former UGA coach Rodney Garner's house for 15 years will continue on Thursday.
Garner, of course, left Georgia to return to his alma mater at Auburn and is preparing for a significant game on Saturday. But UGA team chaplain Thomas Settles — T-Sett to the team — has agreed to take over the task of feeding the Bulldogs who are unable to travel to their own homes for the holiday.
“We’re going to give it a shot and see how it goes,” said Settles, who has ministered to Georgia athletes since 2003. “I’m not really sure what to expect.”
That was good news to Garner. “Tradition never dies!” Garner said via text message Monday. “I think that’s awesome. T-Sett’s great people. He will bless those young men’s lives.”
D-lineman of week: Senior defensive end Garrison Smith was named SEC defensive lineman of the week. It's the second time Smith received the award this season and third in his career. The 6-foot-3, 299-pound Atlantan was the Bulldogs' second-leading tackler against Kentucky with seven and added two sacks, three tackles for loss of 11 yards and two forced fumbles.
Etc.: Captains for the Georgia Tech game as appointed by the Bulldogs' coaches are Andrews on offense, Smith on defense and Kosta Vavlas and Corey Campbell for special teams. … As is their Thanksgiving week tradition, the Bulldogs will visit patients at the Shepherd Center and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Friday.