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Well he’s gone. Auburn’s star running back, Tre Mason, has declared for the NFL Draft. The SEC Offensive Player of the Year and Heisman finalist said that although he was blessed to play for Coach Malzahn and the Tigers, he plans to move on to the next level.
You really can’t blame him. Running backs take a big pounding and that’s why most don’t have long pro careers. As hard as Mason runs, an injury could occur in his senior year which could greatly hamper his draft status.
Besides, Tre has already given so much to the Auburn program. He holds the school record for most touchdowns in a season (24) and the most all-purpose yards in a season with 2,374.
He made seven All-American Teams this year while breaking Bo Jackson’s single-season rushing record with 1,816 yards for a 5.7 yards per carry average. In addition, the tougher the defense the harder Tre seemed to run. He had some of his best games against Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, and Florida State. In making the announcement, Tre said, “It’s always been a dream and I’m a dream chaser.”
Mason is projected to be a third round pick. Running Back-U should be alright next year with the depth at the position and with a proven staff that knows how to coach ‘em up. But the Auburn Family will surely miss him. We’ll miss his drive, his desire, and his love for Auburn University.
War Eagle Tre! Good luck and Thanks for the memories!
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