Former UGA quarterback Hutson Mason signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League on Wednesday, according to his agent.
Mason started for the Bulldogs in 2014 after serving as Aaron Murray’s primary backup for three seasons and led the team to a 10-3 record. Though often criticized for having a weak arm, Mason was efficient with the football setting a school record for completion percentage in a season (67.87), while throwing for 2,168 yards with 21 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
The Washington Redskins signed Mason as an undrafted free agent in May, but he was released from the team shortly thereafter.
From Washington, Mason traveled back to the state of Georgia to become the quarterbacks coach for Colquitt County High School. The AJC met with Mason earlier this summer while Colquitt County played in the Corky Kell Classic, and he discussed his hopes for the future.
“I wouldn’t consider my football career to be over yet,” Mason said. “Still training, still working hard, still pursuing an opportunity to play professional football, whether that’d be the NFL or Canadian League. I’m really hoping and waiting on a call there. In the meantime, I’m just trying to kickstart my coaching career.”
For now, it appears that Mason will have to put his coaching career on hold and get ready for another shot at playing football.
In a text to Chip Towers of The AJC and DawgNation, Mason said that football in the CFL is “very different.” He was also glad he was prepared stating: “Thank God I brought my Drake jacket.”
Former #UGA QB Hutson Mason has signed a contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.
— AJC UGA (@ChipTowersAJC) September 9, 2015