Published December 8, 2013 - 9:00amNEW: Follow on facebook -
It’s only fitting that Tre Mason struck the Heisman pose against Missouri twice.
Following Auburn’s 59-42 win over Mizzou, and with several Heisman candidates fading down the stretch, Auburn running back Tre Mason thrusted himself into the Heisman spotlight with a massive game against Missouri. In fact, it’s the best game in SEC Championship history.
Auburn’s workhorse carried the ball 46 times for 304 yards and four touchdowns, all SEC Championship Game records, and good for the fifth best rushing effort in SEC history in any game, let alone a championship game. He had 195 yards at halftime. Mason scored on runs of seven, three, one and 13 yards.
While Nick Marshall has been crucial for Auburn’s offense throughout the season, Tre Mason has been the lifeblood of a very underrated physical and punishing rushing attack. Auburn is like Oregon, but they’re more physical, both on the line of scrimmage and in their personnel.
Mason is the player who gives them that presence, and he’s been doing it all season. Specifically down the stretch in his last five games, Mason has carried 154 times for 868 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he’s surpassed 100 yards in eight of the last 10 games.
He has now rushed for 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns for the season, averaging 5.72 yards per carry. Mason’s rushing yards are sixth most in the country. Mason’s 22 touchdowns broke Cam Newton’s 20-touchdown record in 2010, and he’s Auburn’s single-season record-holder for all-purpose yards with 2,137, breaking Auburn-great Bo Jackson’s record of 1,859 in 1985.
Clearly, FSU’s Jameis Winston is the Heisman frontrunner and should win the award, but Mason deserves to be invited to New York as a finalist. He’s the best player on college football’s hottest team.
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