Buck Belue and Hutson Mason are a pair of Bulldogs in your dash and talking trash on Atlanta’s best Midday Show!
Buck Belue has made his mark in the world of sports, both on and off the field. With just his name alone, Buck is one of the most recognizable names in college football history. He quarterbacked the University of Georgia football team from 1978 to 1981. During that time, he helped lead his team to the 1980 National Championship, back-to-back SEC Titles in 1980 and 1981, and consecutive Sugar Bowl appearances. Perhaps his greatest honor was being elected team captain of the 1981 SEC Champions. Buck was named 1st Team, All-SEC QB in both his junior and senior seasons and was chosen as the SEC Athlete of the Year in 1982. In games Buck started, the Bulldogs compiled a 27-3 record, which ranks ninth all-time in college football history. After his senior season, he participated in the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Japan Bowl.
At storied Valdosta High School, Buck is the program’s only quarterback to start every game, in a four-year career, leading the Wildcats to a 34-14 record. He was elected to the Parade All-American Team in 1977.
Buck was also an accomplished baseball player. He pitched a one-hit shutout in the 1978 state title game his senior season to help capture Valdosta High’s first baseball state championship. Buck was drafted in the 2nd round by the Chicago White Sox. Buck went on to play four years at the University of Georgia, where he was a two-time All-SEC outfielder. His .447 batting average led the SEC his senior season, and ranks second all-time in the UGA history books. Buck’s Bulldog career .356 average ranks in the Top 10. Following his senior season, Buck was drafted in the sixth round by the Montreal Expos, and played three years in their organization.
Following his stint in professional baseball, Buck joined the Jacksonville Bulls organization in the USFL, where he played quarterback. When the league folded, Buck joined Mike Cavan’s coaching staff at Valdosta State University, where he was the passing game coordinator, and coached the quarterbacks and wide receivers for two seasons.
Buck became Sports Director for the ABC affiliate WJCL-TV in Savannah, where he anchored the six and eleven o’clock news for four years before moving to Atlanta, where he currently co-hosts the city’s hottest afternoon sports talk radio show, The Buck & Kincade Show on 680 The Fan.
In 2013, Buck was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Mason attended Lassiter High School in Marietta. 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 680 The Fan!