By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Mark Richt says Hutson Mason's long-awaited first start against Georgia Tech on Saturday will show if the junior can handle the pressure of being Georgia's quarterback.
Mason definitely had plenty of time to prepare for the opportunity.
Mason, who was redshirted in 2012, waited four years as Aaron Murray made 52 consecutive starts. Mason's patience was tested but he stuck with Georgia when he twice thought about transferring to another school.
Mason said Tuesday he is "as prepared as I ever could be."
Following Murray's season-ending knee injury last week against Kentucky and surgery on Tuesday, Mason's time has come.
Receiver Michael Bennett says it is Mason's team "for the rest of this year and next year."
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