Winning the SEC title and making it to a national title game in his second year as a starter was enough for Tre Mason to say he’s seen enough of the college ranks and to take his talents to the next level. Mason has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, to no one’s surprise, and will be one of the top running backs in the draft.
The Auburn Tigers had a very successful season in 2013 and came back as one of the biggest surprises of the season after a 3-9 season and no wins in the SEC. Two of the main reasons that the Tigers turned it around in 2013 was the fact that they had a new head coach, Gus Malzahn, and the play of Mason was extremely improved.
While Mason was solid in 2012 as well with over 1,000 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in his first season as a starter, he nearly doubled his rushing yards and tripled the amount of touchdowns he scored.
Rushing for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns while catching 12 passes for 163 yards and a score earned Mason a spot as a Heisman finalist and the distinction as one of the best backs in the nation. In fact, he earned so much respect with his season that he has been considered by many as a top-three running back in the draft class.
He has the power, speed and quickness to be successful at the next level and if I were an NFL team looking for a running back of the future, Tre Mason would be at the top of my list.
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