Auburn Standout Mason Headed to St. Louis

Auburn running back Tre Mason has been selected by the St. Louis Rams as the 75th pick in the NFL Draft.

New York, N.Y.--Auburn's Tre Mason heard his name called on Friday night when he was selected by the St. Louis Rams as the 11th pick in the third round of the National Football League Draft.

Mason, the 75th overall player selected, is the third Tiger taken in the NFL Draft and the second by St. Louis, which took offensive tackle Greg Robinson as the second pick of the third round. Defensive end Dee Ford was a first round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Me and Greg are a dynamic duo," said Mason, who noted that he is very excited about the opportunity to reunite with the big offensive lineman. Greg is my brother. Me and Greg always said it would be a dream come true if we ever got to play together at the next level."

St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher said that when the Rams were ready to make the pick that Mason was a clear choice even though they didn't bring him in to St. Louis for a private workout. "We did our homework," the coach said. "We felt like we knew everything we needed to know about the kid...We just couldn't pass him up.

"He is a change of pace back," Fisher added. "He is a good zone runner. Obviously, the numbers speak for themselves. He is a guy we just couldn't pass up at that point."

Asked about the style of play he will bring to the Rams, Mason said, "I try to be unique. I try to do a little bit of everything. I try to be one of the best players to touch the football."

The St. Louis coach said that the Rams are not worried about a wrist injury that Mason played through last season. "We may have to do something after the season," he said. "It was not a concern of us nor was it a concern of the doctors."

Fisher said the scouting report on Mason is that he hits the hole quickly, is good on screens and can beat defenders in space in one-on-one situations.

The Auburn star was the fifth running back selected behind Bishop Sankey (54th pick) of Washington, Jeremy Hill of LSU?(55th), Carlos Hyde of Ohio State (57th) and Charles Sims (69th) of West Virginia. "I am looking forward to showing why I should have been taken earlier, but I am still happy to be a Ram," Mason said.

Mason burst onto the scene as a sophomore for the Tigers after rushing for less than 200 yards as a freshman. Becoming the first Auburn running back to lead the team in total offense since Bo Jackson in 1985, Mason ran for 1,002 yards as a sophomore, but the best was still to come.

Taking on the role of workhorse for the Tigers, Mason set a single-season school record with 1,816 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns on the way to being named SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a junior for the 2013 season.

Mason noted that it has been a busy time leading up to the draft. "It has been kind of crazy, flying around, meeting with certain teams and you know, just never knowing where you're going to end up," he said.

Tre Mason runs for big yardage in the BCS title game

At this time last year Mason was fighting to earn the starting job and the title of go-to back for Auburn's offense with Coach Gus Malzahn back on the Plains, something it took him the first month of the season to make happen. Once that happened Mason put the Auburn offense on his back at times, along with quarterback Nick Marshall, behind a strong offensive line.

Playing well enough to get invited to Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York, Mason said it has been a magical run. "Life has changed drastically and I'm not sure how it will play out, but I like it and it's a blessing from the Lord above so you can't not like it," Mason said.

No matter where his football career takes him, Mason said he will always cherish his time at Auburn. Going from little-used back his first season to SEC superstar in his third and final year with the Tigers, he said it's what he learned off the field that makes Auburn home for him.

"It was a very special time because I came in as a young man not really knowing the ropes or anything but Auburn taught me how to be a better player and also how to be a better man."

The running back said he isn't concerned that he had to wait until the third round be chosen. "God has a plan and God works in his ways," Mason said. "Everything happens for a reason."

Mason pointed out that he is eager to show the Rams what he can do. "It's time to go back to work," he said. "I'm ready."

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