ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Hutson Mason is finally a big man on the Georgia campus. It's all very flattering -- especially after waiting four years to become the Bulldogs' starting quarterback.
But Mason isn't ready to call it the best part of his new role.
He hopes that will come at the end, after he leads Georgia to a championship.
All eyes will be on the fifth-year senior when No. 12 Georgia opens the season next week with a crucial game against No. 16 Clemson.
One of Mason's biggest fans is D.J. Shockley, who went through essentially the same thing during his time with the Bulldogs. Both spent four years behind record-breaking quarterbacks before finally getting a chance to start in their final seasons.
Shockley led Georgia to the Southeastern Conference title in 2005.