Please don’t get me wrong; Jameis Winston answered the call on Monday night as the freshman quarterback now has a National Championship to go along with this Heisman Trophy. However, Winston wasn’t exactly dominant in the first half and without a couple of huge special teams plays — including a fourth-quarter touchdown — the Florida State Seminoles would have headed back to Tallahassee with a big fat L in their pocket.
Like any good competitor, Auburn running back Tre Mason took the blame for the Auburn Tigers‘ heartbreaking loss. But, Mason surely wasn’t to blame for Auburn’s misfortune. In fact, the junior running back was the best player on the field on Monday night. While Mason’s Championship Game performance wasn’t a total shock, it was just further proof that this running back is one of the top running backs with draft eligibility in 2014.
No other runner has been as dominant as Mason over the last month as he piled up 1,063 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns in his last six games including the two huge scores against a stout Florida State defense. So while Mason’s two-touchdown game might have been for not, his fantastic outing on this national stage surely bodes well for the running back’s NFL prowess.
For now, Mason and Nick Marshall stand as one of the top running back-quarterback combinations in the country with the Tigers’ back likely to make a deep run at the 2014 Heisman Trophy.