So you get the picture: a blue color, lunch bucket type who just gets the job done.
And so it was for Mason in 2013. With 83 rushing carries, 49 pass receptions and 3 kickoff returns, nobody this side of quarterback Connor Halliday game close to center stage as often as he did: 135 times. By way comparison, fellow running back Teondray Caldwell was second with 84 touches, while leading receiver Gabe Marks was third, at 69.
Mason topped the team in all-purpose yards with 842. Those hashes were accumulated this way: 424 rushing, 372 receiving and 46 kick returning. Ricky Galvin was second (824) followed by Marks (770) and Caldwell (700).
Here's what else stands out about Mason's 2013:
Back in September, the Monday after the Cougars defeated USC in Week 2, when it had become clear Mason wasn't going to be bit player this season, he told reporters matter-of-factly: "It's always just so exciting to play, you're rarely going to see me without a smile on my face."
That one sentence speaks volumes about what this 5-9, 188-pounder brings to the field.
Mason said he was at home "by myself, sitting down, probably eating a Hot Pocket or something" when WSU's then-recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussuen, the personnel director at Boise State the last two seasons, called with the scholarship offer. Mason committed a day or two later and took his official visit to Pullman that coming weekend.
Mason had a stellar senior season at Etiwanda, collecting more than 1,800 all-purpose yards, but it was his first full year on offense. He had primarily been a safety up to that point. In this era of earlier and earlier verbals, a player's junior season typically is the difference between getting on college radars or not.
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