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Georgia QB Mason looks to honor Auburn’s Lutzenkirchen

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Auburn is paying tribute to former tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen by having his old uniform number (No. 43) painted in the endzones on the practice field during fall camp. One of Lutzenkirchen’s former high school teammates, Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason, is also finding a way to pay tribute. Mason was seen wearing a pin with the number 43 on it while meeting with the media on Friday as fall camp opened up for the Bulldogs.

Mason and Lutzenkirchen were high school teammates at Lassiter High School in Atlanta and close friends. Mason, who served as a pall-bearer for Lutzenkirchen’s funeral, recalled his final phone conversation with Lutzenkirchen, who died in a car accident in June.

“Just looking back on that, it gives me chills,” Mason said to reporters. “To have that last conversation, it was kind of like his goodbye. It gives me a lot of peace because I know he’ll be watching over me.”

Auburn will certainly have some way of honoring Lutzenkirchen this season, and so to will Mason.

“I’m trying to come up with something out on field,” Mason shared. “It’s not going to be anything to take away from the team. I’ve talked about it with the equipment managers. Maybe something on my hat while I’m on the sideline or meeting with the media afterward.”

Helmet sticker to The Charlotte Observer.

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2 Responses to “Georgia QB Mason looks to honor Auburn’s Lutzenkirchen”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Aug 2, 2014 10:11 AM

    Classy young man! This supports a comment I made on al.com about how so many times these players show more class than their supportive fan base. Fans get caught up in the “rivalry”aspect of the game and forget that some of these young men despite being on an opposing team in college have a connection to each other in high school. Besides BAMA, UGA is Auburn’s biggest rivalry and it speaks volumes to this young man’s character that he would do something to honor a former teammate and friend. If only fans could draw the line on how far they take the insults and cheap shots when it comes to supporting their favorite team…

  2. cougar2424 says: Aug 2, 2014 10:40 AM

    Good to see a positive story come out of UGA after the string of arrests. UGA has had some QBs with great character on and off the field the past few years. Wouldn’t mind having that at Auburn.

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