SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 2 Tre Mason, RB, Auburn (JR)
2013 stats: 317 carries, 1,816 yards, 23 TDs, 5.7 YPC
Why he’s No. 2: Tre Mason was the engine that helped lead Auburn to the nation’s top rushing offense, averaging over 328 yards per game, behind Mason’s 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Mason showed flashes throughout his career that he was a homerun hitter and a workhorse, but he took it to a whole new level in 2013, breaking Bo Jackson’s single-season rushing record and becoming the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Mason did the most damage in the second half of the season starting in game nine against Arkansas. He then reeled off four straight 100-yard games before he set an SEC Championship Game record with 46 carries for 304 yards and four touchdowns. Mason then rushed for 195 yards and one touchdown against the country’s best defense in Florida State, including his 37-yard touchdown with 1:19 left, bowling over FSU defenders in his way.
Mason’s stock has never been higher, and it was soaring in the second half of the season. It was smart to head to the NFL now while he can use his incredible athleticism and capitalize on a short shelf life running backs have.
Top 25 player rankings:
- No. 3: Alabama LB CJ Mosley
- No. 4: South Carolina QB Connor Shaw
- No. 5: Missouri DE Michael Sam
- No. 6: Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews
- No. 7: LSU RB Jeremy Hill
- No. 8: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
- No. 9: Georgia QB Aaron Murray
- No. 10: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
- No. 11: Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves
- No. 12: Auburn OT Greg Robinson
- No. 13: LSU WR Odell Beckham
- No. 14: South Carolina RB Mike Davis
- No. 15: Missouri DE Kony Ealy
- No. 16: South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles
- No. 17: Missouri RB Henry Josey
- No. 18: Alabama QB AJ McCarron
- No. 19: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
- No. 20: LSU WR Jarvis Landry
- No. 21: Ole Miss DB Cody Prewitt
- No. 22: Missouri CB EJ Gaines
- No. 23: Georgia LB Ramik Wilson
- No. 24: Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
- No. 25: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
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