304 yards on 46 carries and four touchdowns in the SEC Championship Game vs. Missouri should guarantee Auburn running back Tre Mason an invitation to New York for the 2013 Heisman Trophy presentation. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back is the hottest running back in the country with five straight 100-yard games and 13 touchdowns in that same span, and was the MVP of the SEC title game.
After his dominating performance vs. Missouri, he is up to 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns with a touchdown in 10 straight games, and added his name to the record books with an eye-popping performance on Saturday afternoon. Mason now holds the records for rushing yards (304), rushing attempts (46), touchdowns (four) and all-purpose yards (312).
Mason hasn’t received the same notoriety or acclaim from the national media who has propped up Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, Braxton Miller and Jordan Lynch, but each of these guys have lost their last game, which tarnishes their Heisman resume. Mason’s resume is spotless, and he could be a legit challenger to Jameis Winston for the best individual award in sports.
Just Asked Bo Jackson about #auburn RB tre mason; “He’s a bad bad man.”
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 8, 2013
All Mason has done is be the best player on the No. 2 team in the country while being a consistently dominant force on the best rushing attack in the nation. If that’s not worthy of getting an invite to the Downtown Athletic Club for the 79th Heisman presentation on Dec. 14, then I don’t know what is.
After the game, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn stated to the media what many not know about his workhorse tailback. “You’re looking at one of the top running backs in college football … He was a warrior today. Unbelievable.”
The next time we see that warrior should be on Saturday night at the Heisman presentation.
Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and Google and email him at SchmidtPatrick@gmail.com for media inquiries.