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SEC’s top 25 players of 2013: No. 2 Tre Mason

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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.

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  1. It is really hard to believe that Mason broke Bo Jackson’s rushing record to such little fanfare. It may very well be that he did not receive the credit because many of Auburn’s early games into the season were not televised, though he did most of his work later in the season. He is one hell of a player and possibly the best running back in the SEC this century – just ask Missou, isn’t that right Zoucat?