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Auburn RB Tre Mason to forgo senior season, enter NFL Draft

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Capitalizing off 1,816 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns and status as a Heisman Trophy finalist, Auburn running back Tre Mason is taking his talents to the next level.

The 5-foot-1o, 205-pound junior announced Thursday he’s leaving Auburn to enter the NFL Draft, and said he received a third-round grade from the draft advisory board. Though Mason’s undersized, his tough, explosive running powered Auburn’s top-ranked rushing offense and led the Tigers to the brink of a BCS Championship.

“Our staff is extremely proud of him,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “I recruited Tre and going to the NFL was a goal of his.”

Mason’s 37-yard touchdown run late in the BCS Championship also pushed him past Bo Jackson’s single-season rushing yards mark at Auburn. His 25 total touchdowns (23 rushing, one receiving, one on a kick return) also set an Auburn single-season record.

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16 Responses to “Auburn RB Tre Mason to forgo senior season, enter NFL Draft”
  1. afrancis55 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:33 PM

    One of the best and classiest to ever wear the orange and blue, good luck to him and his pro career.

  2. iftheresahellbelow says: Jan 9, 2014 2:52 PM

    Good luck and thanks for the tremendous effort you put forth. It will be interesting to see who steps up next.

  3. realfootballfan says: Jan 9, 2014 3:00 PM

    The only RB I would take in the first round. He’s a stud.

  4. 1990tiger says: Jan 9, 2014 3:12 PM

    Darn. I’ve been waiting for his announcement and hoping that he would stay. I think he would have been a serious Heisman candidate next year but I understand why he would go. I wish him luck at the next level.

  5. musiccitymiracle2 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:17 PM

    Congrats, Tre. Thanks for your contributions at Auburn and your passion for the game.

    BTW, I watched that final play from Monday again…looks like there were five guys lined up to block for you, but one block got missed. Now THAT would have been the most stunning ending of all.

    I predict strong NFL career. Think Ray Rice, MJD, Zac Stacey.

  6. rjt34 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:33 PM

    De La Soul

  7. dryzzt23 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:36 PM

    Yawn…give me a story about that bruiser Carlos Hyde of Ohio State.

  8. vie05ua says: Jan 9, 2014 4:02 PM

    Smart move on Mason’s part. Not a very rich year for backs graduating/declaring this year, which increases his value. Next year will have a potential flood of backs.

  9. nycpaul says: Jan 9, 2014 4:27 PM

    Watch what you wish for. The Browns have room for him now that they dumped the illustrious Mr. Richardson.

  10. fsu01 says: Jan 9, 2014 4:28 PM

    Best of luck to the kid. Outstanding football player and seems like a good person away from the field too. Have to admit , he took a few years off of my life on Monday night. Good luck Tre.

  11. normtide says: Jan 9, 2014 4:35 PM

    He will be a huge win if he is drafted in the third round. He could be this year’s Arian Foster

  12. slaugin says: Jan 9, 2014 4:55 PM

    If any team drafts a RB in the first round the GM should be fired following the draft.

  13. cbosa says: Jan 9, 2014 5:28 PM

    Giants will draft him in the second rd to replace David Wilson.

  14. whydoupost says: Jan 9, 2014 5:29 PM

    His key to success will be big openings like the trick offense that Auburn ran. He’s fast but he’s not going to run over anyone. NFL will likely be tough for this guy!

  15. jhop86 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:56 PM

    He just shakes em and go’s

  16. boomgrounder says: Jan 10, 2014 12:36 AM

    He will be a good NFL RB. He has good speed, vision and durability. He can run between the tackles or on the perimeter and can make defenders miss in the open field. He doesn’t have a lot if wiggle to him, he’s a one cut and go kind if back. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s going to need to work on blocking and picking up blitzes which is very typical for rookies and usually the most difficult task in a RB’s transition from CFB to the NFL.
    He will be drafted in the 2nd Round.

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