Mason attended Lassiter High School in Marrietta. As a senior, he threw for a Georgia high school record 4,560 yards and 54 touchdowns and was the state’s Gatorade Football Player of the Year. In his two years as starter he threw for 8,265 yards and 85 touchdowns.
As a true freshman at the University of Georgia in 2010, Mason played in four games as a backup quarterback to Aaron Murray. He passed for 102 yards and had one touchdown. As a sophomore in 2011, he again was the backup to Murray, passing for 254 yards and two touchdowns. In 2012, he redshirted so that he could have another year of eligibility. Mason returned in 2013 as the backup to Murray. After Murray tore his ACL, Mason took over as Georgia’s starting quarterback and made his first career start in a win over rival Georgia Tech. He finished the game 22 of 36 for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Mason also started the 2014 Gator Bowl, passing for 320 yards with one touchdown. Overall, he appeared in five games, going 67 of 110 for 968 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. In 2014, he took over as Georgia’s starting quarterback after Murray graduated. He started all 13 games, completing 188 of 277 for 2,167 yards, 21 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Hutson singed with the Washington Redskins after his collegiate career and then played two years in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders and the Calgary Stampeders.
Transitioning into life after football, Hutson is now calling college football games with ESPN 3 and spending time with his passion as the Founder of “The Huddle,” a support group for men in the Atlanta area, who are foster or adopting fathers. Hutson himself grew up in a foster care home as a birth child. Hutson, his wife Catherine and their beagle, Denver live in Dunwoody, Georgia. He loves being outdoors, hunting and working at The Sports X!
I am Georgia born and raised, originally from Dalton, GA, but now I live in Alpharetta with my wife Laura and my son Jakob. My family and I are members of Perimeter Church in Johns Creek. My son keeps me and my wife really busy playing sports. He focuses on baseball, with Georgia Jackets Baseball Club. I served 4 years in the United States Navy and am a strong advocate and supporter of our men and women in uniform. I am very proud to be from the state of Georgia; how proud you ask? Well, when I was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida which had no state tax, I wouldn’t change my residence away from Georgia to save my self some money.
I have been in radio for 18 years with 11 years here in Atlanta specifically. I started at a little station in my hometown of Dalton, GA. then on to Chattanooga, Tennessee before landing a job here in Atlanta. I did mornings and afternoons on Kicks 101.5 for a long time. My whole career I have always worked country radio, and still do, but have always wanted to cover sports more. You can always find me cheering for the Braves, Bulldogs, Falcons and Hawks. Having said that, I really do pull for all the teams from Georgia including Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State. I love the Georgia Swarm, Atlanta Gladiators and Atlanta United as well.
Over my years in radio I have sang on stage in Nashville with Brad Paisley and spend time with Chipper Jones and his family on the day his number was retired at Turner Field. I have broadcast from the Country Music Association Awards (CMA’s) and from Braves Spring Training in Orlando, Disney World, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. I have covered the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM’s) Georgia Music Hall of Fame as well the Recording Academy Atlanta (The Grammy’s.)
I support many charities which I am truly passionate about. I have recently lent a hand with raising much needed money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Aflac Cancer Center at C.H.O.A. with Rock for a Reason, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research with The Brian McCann Celebrity Softball Tournament where I have served as a team captain/player and I hosted for Rally on the Runway, Country and Comedy Bash for A Beacon of Hope/Women’s Clinic of Atlanta and also C.A.S.T. for Kids Lake Lanier. Over the years have also worked St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon, Make-A-Wish Foundation, People First of Henry Country and SEED Center Atlanta. I have cohosted the Mac and Tug podcast for two years with Mac Powell, singer for the 4x Grammy winning band Third Day and cohost a new show called Mind Your Business, Sports Music and Money with Atlanta journalist Phil W. Hudson. I thrive on positivity and I love people. You can find me on all the social media platforms @TugCowart and I look forward to connecting with you there or even in person very soon.