Tre Mason: Heisman Candidate?

By Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 in Football 14 Comments »

Tre-Mason-flexThe 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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  1. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    Tre is the man! Man, I love this team!

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    He had an unbelieveable game, especially playing with a heal spur. Got to love his determination and toughness.

  3. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    He is not a senior right? Maybe not this year but next year if he stays.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Mason, Artis-Payne and Grant are all juniors. They’ll likely all be back, unless an early NFL jump is in the offing. The way Mason is running, that’s probably not off the table yet.

      …..Who’ll be missed next season is Jay Prosch. We don’t have a bench full of big-time H-back and tight end prospects.

  4. WarEagleEngr says:

    I’ve never seen a tailback run as low to the ground as Mason does. And he has a unique ability to use his free hand to balance, and then propel himself forward. Every game he seems to have a few carries in which he ‘claws’ his way for extra yards.

  5. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Love me some Tre! We have had “stars” in every different position in every game….unbelieveable…by design? But the one thing we can count on is Tre being the workhorse in every game. Glad you are giving him some recognition ~ he may not be the “star” that wins the game but he IS winning every game for us!

  6. sparkey sparkey says:

    I think Mason has a great shot if he stays for his senior year. I don’t think he’ll be drafted high enough to go early right now.

  7. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    Tre’s balance is another intangible but dynamic attribute that is matched by few other running backs in the league. In that he rivals Ronnie Brown (the best I ever saw). While he may lack Ronnie’s size, he shares many of Ronnie’s other traits, with toughness being number one. His quickness and down field ‘nose’ for the gap or hole are also exceptional. Time and again he slips through invisible holes and appears behind the pile of defenders for two extra yards. If I were to match him with other recent Auburn greats, he seems like a hybrid of both Ronnie and Cadillac.

    Both he, Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant are thrice-welcome additions to the “Running Back U” tradition at Auburn. Glad to see it’s back as a permanent feature.

  8. audude audude says:

    1983… I was about to graduate when we went to the Suagr Bowl. I go ttickets with my cousin and he flew us down to NO the day of the game in a Cessna 150, it took 6 hours. Watched Auburn play in a defensive struggle of a game with UM beating them 9-7 on 3 field goals. Left the game on a high note and headed back to the airport and a 6 hour flight home without any AM/FM radio. Dropped the plane off and headed back to the house only to find out when we woke up, around noon, we got screwed. No way when you are #3 and 2 loses, then 1 loses to 5 and 5 goes to 1…..only thing we could think of was it was not an entertaining game with 1 touchdown (UM) and 3 field goals (AU). No style points.

    A lot of great players on that team. Was there at all the home games and the UGA game as a specatator for the 1st time in my life. I spent the previous few years in the AU band.

    Thanks for the memories Jay.

    WDE

  9. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    Not going to happen.

    A running back has to have a rather spectacular year to be on the Heisman list. As the trivia question during the game mentioned, there has only been 2 non QB winners in the last what…15 years? Reggie Bush and Mark Ingram were simply tabbed as the best players on the best team. If we were ranked #1, he might have a chance, but in order for a RB to win it on a non-NC contender, they have to be having a colossal year (ie 2000 yds, etc).

    I’d settle for ALL SEC or mention on the Doak Walker award list.

    Actually, I’d prefer that the Tigers just keep on winning, and we do that with success from multiple backs.

    • GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

      Agreed
      But, It’s nice to have somebody point out what a fantastic back he is for Auburn. There have been a lot of other SEC backs pushed in the media as being leagues’ best yet it’s Tre Mason that is leading the conference in rushing.