The signature moment in Saturday’s win over Texas A&M was the second effort by running back Tre Mason in the fourth quarter to put Auburn ahead for good. It also could serve as a metaphor for his Auburn career.
A year ago, the former coaching staff questioned his durability and wondered aloud if he could shoulder the load. Turns out, the lone highlight of Auburn’s worst season in 60 years was the 1,003 yards he somehow put together after everyone else had quit.
Fast forward a season and Mason is now clearly the top back in the SEC. Whatever happened to that T.J. Yeldon kid?
Despite sharing the rushing load with Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant, not to mention quarterback Nick Marshall who has nearly 400 yards on the ground himself, Mason finds himself at the top of the stat book in the SEC.
Is it ok now to mention Mason and Heisman in the same sentence?
While the chances of him picking up the hardware in November is less than you getting signed up for Obamacare today, the never say quit junior should at least be in the conversation.
How valuable was he Saturday? In the final 15 minutes he accounted for 108 yards on 10 carries and the game winning touchdown. Outside of Johnny Football, show me a better impact player.
Standing in front of an adoring Auburn crowd at Kyle Field following the win, Mason allowed himself a second to reflect on what just happened.
“I was always told big-time players make big plays in big games,” he said, “and I had to do it.”
That he did.
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