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5 Reasons Why Auburn’s Tre Mason Should Win 2013 Heisman Trophy

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5 Reasons Why Auburn’s Tre Mason Should Win 2013 Heisman Trophy

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Just in case Heisman Trophy voters hadn’t noticed him, Auburn running back Tre Mason struck two Heisman poses following touchdowns in his record-breaking SEC Championship Game MVP performance.

His 304 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 59-42 win over Missouri will surely turn the heads of the 900-plus media members and former winners voting for the Heisman Trophy. Mason joins Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Northern IllinoisJordan Lynch, Boston College’s Andre Williams and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel as one of the six finalists to New York City for the award presentation ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Mason has quietly put together one of the best seasons in Auburn history. He has already set the Auburn record for all-purpose yards with 2,137, surpassing 1985 Heisman winner Bo Jackson (1,859). Mason is averaging 143.2 yards in nine SEC games to help push his rushing total to 1,621 yards, which is just 165 yards shy of Jackson's single-season Auburn rushing record (1,786). Mason’s 22 touchdowns are already the most in school history, and he is just one score short of the SEC record.

Mason has been somewhat of an unknown in the race until the SEC Championship Game, but the SEC's leading rusher definitely picked up some much-needed votes Sunday and Monday after his record-setting performance in the Georgia Dome. The votes have already been cast, and now we must wait until Saturday for the announcement of the winner.

Here are five reasons why Mason should become the fourth Auburn player to win the trophy and join Pat Sullivan (1971), Bo Jackson (1985) and Cam Newton (2010).

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5. “Bo Knows” He’s Legit

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Auburn legend Bo Jackson, star of the Nike “Bo Knows” campaign in the late 1980s, watched Mason from the sidelines during Auburn's 59-42 victory against Missouri on Saturday. And apparently, he was more than impressed by Mason's performance. "He was like, 'You're probably one of the best players to ever put on an Auburn helmet,'" Mason said. "He just was thanking me for being here. I was thanking him for being a mentor to me." If voters should trust anyone’s opinion, it’s Jackson’s. After all, “Bo Knows” Heismans.

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4. Tre Knows the Pose

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Not only does the junior have the moves to make defenders miss, but he’s also mastered one very important one in the end zone. Mason struck two Heisman poses following touchdowns in the SEC Championship Game in which he had a record-shattering performance. "Some people were telling me to do it," the Auburn running back said. "But it was just this emotion going through my body at the time and it just came out and I did it." Lightning may not strike twice in the same spot, but Mason will strike the pose twice in the same night. Now the voters need to just come out and give him the award.

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3. Worst to First

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Mason has been an instrumental leader of arguably college football’s best ever one-season turnaround. Auburn was a dismal 3-9 last season, failing to win a single SEC game. Mason was one of the lone bright spots on that team, rolling up more than 1,000 yards and scoring eight touchdowns despite playing on one of the worst teams in college football. This year, Mason has continued to ramble on, spearheading a magical championship run for the Tigers. No one would argue 12-1 Auburn would be in this position without No. 21.

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2. Production Against Top Competition

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Mason has rushed for 778 yards and eight touchdowns against four top 10 opponents this season, averaging 194.5 yards and two scores in those games. In the nation's toughest conference, Mason ran over and through defenses all season. Five of the defenses he has faced rank in the top 50 against the run. He rushed for 100-plus yards against each but Mississippi State (34). None of the other candidates can say they performed at such a high level against equally tough competition.

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1. SEC Championship Game

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Clearly the best player in the biggest game of the season, Mason took his already impressive season to another level with one of the finest and most clutch performances of the year. And he did it against the SEC's second-best rush defense at the time. Mason set SEC Championship Game records for carries (46) and rushing yards (304), adding four touchdowns to propel Auburn past Missouri and into the BCS Championship Game. He also shot to No. 2 for most rushing yards in a season at Auburn behind 1985 Heisman winner Bo Jackson.