It’s a busy and certainly eventful summer for Hutson Mason.
The former Georgia quarterback recently married in Newnan and after a honeymoon trip to Aruba, the newlyweds will move to southwest Georgia where he has landed a job on the football staff at Colquitt County.
Hutson and fiancée Catherine McWalters met at Lassiter High School in East Cobb.
“I thought it was going to be a little troubling having to convince my future wife to move to Moultrie, Ga., but she’s awesome,” Mason said. “She understands I want to get into coaching and coaches’ wives kind of have to be willing to go places. The first place on our stop is a little one-light town with a Taco Bell and a KFC. Not exactly Marietta.”
Maybe not, but football is important at Colquitt County, which is coming off a Georgia Class AAAAAA state championship.
Mason gives the school three former Georgia players on their coaching staff, along with Israel Troupe and Ian Smith.
“One thing about South Georgia is they are big Bulldog fans,” said Troupe, a Georgia wide receiver from 2008-11 who coached at Turner County last season. “I learned that when I accepted my offer (out of Tift County) to go to Georgia. The town is excited.”
Troupe is coaching the ninth grade receivers and working with the receiver coaches. Smith, an offensive lineman at Georgia, will coach the ninth grade offensive linemen and help with the varsity.
Mason expects to be busy working with the quarterbacks.
He will be the ninth grade offensive coordinator and will work as an offensive analyst with the varsity team, coach Rush Propst said.
“He’ll be our Friday night guy that handles our quarterbacks,” Propst said. “He will also be very much involved inside the war room.”
There are 16 staff members in all for Propst, who previously won five state titles at powerhouse Hoover High in Alabama.
Mason’s connection to Propst is Chip Lindsey, who coached Mason in high school and was offensive coordinator under Propst at Hoover. Lindsey is now the offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi.
“I hired Hutson because what he did in high school, because he’s a guy that’s run our offense,” said Propst, who used a spread attack that still brings a physical style to set a state record in the school’s classification for points scored.
“He understands what we’re doing, he understands our terminology, he understands our philosophy.”
Mason was signed as an undrafted free agent by Washington after a tryout camp, but was later released.
He was also considering graduate assistant opportunities and consulted Lindsey and Georgia coach Mark Richt before coming to a decision to join the Colquitt County staff.
If an NFL team calls again, Mason will be ready.
“I’ll be down there training, trying to find kids to throw to,” he said.
Troupe said he is ready to catch Mason’s passes.
“I actually go out there and run routes with my guys all the time,” Troupe said. “Whenever he wants to get in the mix. I wouldn’t mind running routes. I’ve still got it every once in a while as long as I stretch it out good.”