Mason Finishes Sixth In Heisman Balloting

Auburn running back Tre Mason's strong season got him an invitation to New York for the Heisman Trophy festivities.

New York City--Tre Mason's late season surge that helped put his Auburn football team into the national championship game also put the junior running back into sixth place in the voting for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the award that was presented on Saturday night by the New York Downtown Athletic Club that goes to the top player in major college football. Winston and his Seminoles will take on Auburn for the national title on Jan. 6th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

(Left to right) Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Auburn's Tre Mason, A.J. McCarron of Alabama, Andre Williams of Boston College and Jameis Winston of Florida State are shown Saturday at the Heisman ceremony.

Winston won in a landslide with 668 first place votes and 2,205 points. McCarron was second with 704 points and 79 first place votes. Lynch was third with 558 points and 40 first place votes.

Mason received 31 first place votes and 404 points to trail No. 4 Williams (470 points, 29 first place votes) and 2012 winner Manziel, who finished with 421 points and 30 first place votes.

Mason rushed for 100 yards eight times this season, including the final five games starting with 168 yards on 32 carries at Arkansas while scoring four touchdowns.

The SEC Offensive Player of the Year gained 117 yards and scored three touchdowns at Tennessee and went past the 1,000-yard mark for a second consecutive season in the third quarter of that contest.

Tre Mason looks at portraits of Auburn's Heisman Trophy winners (left to right) Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan.

Against Georgia he gained 115 yards and scored one touchdown on 27 carries as the Tigers reached the 10-win mark.

In the regular season finale he finished with 164 yards and one touchdown vs. Alabama as the Tigers clinched their spot in the SEC Championship Game vs. Missouri.

Last week in the 59-42 victory over Missouri the junior ran 46 times for 304 yards and four touchdowns, all records for the league title game.

For the season he has rushed for an SEC-leading 124.7 yards per contest. He has 1,621 yards for the year with one game to play. He is in reach of Jackson's single-season AU rushing record set in 1985 of 1,786 yards and has already set the single-season all-purpose yards record with 2,137.

With 2,784 rushing yards for his career he is in eighth place in Auburn history. Only one other Auburn player, Stephen Davis, produced more rushing yards prior to his senior season than Mason, who needs 28 vs. Florida State to pass Davis.

Tre Mason

Recruited out of Park Vista High in Lake Worth, Fla., Mason was rated as four-star recruit by Scout.com. Choosing the Tigers over Ole Miss, Michigan, Texas A&M, West Virginia and others, his trip to New York City returned him to the area where he began playing the sport as a youngster on Long Island.

"I played football when I was little, through middle school," Mason tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It's a funny story. I was playing in New York in second grade and I had got hit one time and I said, ‘I'm never playing football ever again. Ever again.'''

However, he changed his mind and kept playing, but decided he had enough of the game when he reached the eighth grade. I was like, ‘I'm done with football, I'll just play basketball,'"?he recalls.

After moving with his family to Florida he returned to the sport. He recalls, "I went to some of the games in high school as a freshman and I was like, ‘You know what, I feel like I can come back and dominate' so I came back in 10th grade and rushed for 1,700 yards, 1,800 yards, something like that, and ever since then football has been for me."


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