Part two of Jasper's 'Mason-Dixon' duo

A tough running fullback whose style will remind many of the NFL's Mike Alstott, Parrish's Cole Mason enters the 2003 season as one of the most highly regarded "big backs" in the state.

The second half of last season's Daily Mountain Eagle co-player of the year award (he shared that honor with teammate, Tony Dixon, profiled by last week), Mason has a tackle-breaking style of running that leaves a trail of frustrated defenders wondering how he escaped.

Competing for Parrish High School, Cole Mason (6-2, 230, 4.70) runs with great authority. Unlike most high school fullbacks, his vision between the tackles allows him to pick up extra yardage.

Mason transferred to Parrish as a junior from Oakman High School, and he became an instant star. He accounted for 1,789 yards rushing last season with 24 touchdowns. Plus he added 197 yards and eight TDs receiving.

The Jasper native doubles as a linebacker on defense, using that same athleticism and determination to ensure he doesn't miss tackles. Mason finished his junior year with 115 tackles and 19 sacks while leading his team to the state semi finals. Parrish lost to the eventual champion, Clay County.

Mason had earlier proven he could dominate Class 1A competition, but it was the spring game of his junior year when he competed against Class 6A, Minor High School that his name began to surface as a definite Division 1A prospect.

Competing as a fullback in high school, Mason has excellent size and is fast enough and versatile enough to handle the role of a lone back in a one-back offense.

Mason bench presses 350 pounds, squats 505 and dead lifts 600. He carries a 2.8 GPA in the classroom and projects as a full qualifier.

Earlier he attended summer football camps at Alabama and MTSU. This summer Mason plans to attend camps at Georgia, Tennessee Titans, and the Nike (Auburn) camp as a senior.

Mason's high school coach reports that he is getting strong looks from Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, Georgia Tech and Ohio State.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Both Mason and teammate Tony Dixon grew up following Alabama football. If things work out, it would be their dream to play for the Crimson Tide.

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