SEC Honors Auburn Football Freshman

Auburn, Ala.-- Gene Chizik told his recruits that he was looking for players who were ready to step in and contribute immediately for the 2011 Auburn Tigers.

In a team meeting just prior to the start of preseason drills in August the head football coach reminded his newcomers of his recruiting message. One of the players who jumped at the opportunity to contribute, running back Tre Mason, didn't take long to help his team win a football game and has been honored as an SEC Freshman of the Week.

A standout on performer on special teams, an area the Tigers excelled in during a 42-38 victory over Utah State, Mason scored his first college touchdown on a 97-yard kickoff return. Counting three other returns, he finished the game with 176 yards, which is tied for the third highest total in Auburn history.

Mason, who shared the honor with Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest, also rushed the football one time for two yards. Running backs coach Curtis Luper predicts that Mason's role in the rushing game should expand as the season progresses.

Mason credited his teammates with his first college touchdown. "We did it as one unit," he said. "It wasn't just me that took it to the house. Everyone did their assignment and it was wide open. The hole took me to the prairie land and I was gone."

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Returning kickoffs for touchdowns is nothing new for the former Park Vista High School standout from Lake Worth, Fla. "I‘ve returned a kickoff for a touchdown every year since I was in the seventh grade," Mason said. "I told my mom I would keep the tradition going."

Mason and the Tigers are preparing for their SEC opener this week. Auburn will take on Mississippi State at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday at 11:21 as the defending national champions try to win a 17th consecutive game.

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