Auburn came out with BCS guns blazing within hours of beating Missouri to win the SEC Championship. Turns out they didn’t have to; thanks for that, Michigan State.
Now they’re doing the same for Auburn running back Tre Mason, who is more of a man than you are, and who Auburn’s Athletic Department says deserves a trip to New York just as Auburn deserved a trip to Pasadena. Late Saturday night, Auburn sent media members a promotional one-sheet of sorts for Mason, which includes stats like his total rushing yards, 1,621, which is 79 yards more than Alabama’s Mark Ingram had going to the Heisman vote in 2009.
Mason seemed to be campaigning for himself tonight as well. He struck a Heisman pose after at least one of four touchdowns he scored en route to a 304-yard rushing game, just three yards shy of the greatest single-game rushing performance in Auburn history. In the post-game press conference, both Gus Malzahn and Mason were asked about whether Mason should be considered a legitimate Heisman contender.
Q. This is for both Tre and for Gus. Tre, I saw you strike the Heisman pose at least once tonight. Was that a message? Gus, all this talk about Heisman and everything, they
say that one game can lose a Heisman. Can one game win a Heisman?
COACH MALZAHN: Well, I’ll just say this, first of all. You’re looking at one of the top running backs in college football, and he proved it again today. So usually, the best players on the best
teams have a chance at it, and you’re looking at one of those guys right here.
Q. Tre, same question.
TRE MASON: This is a personal goal of mine. Everyone has goals of their own. It was always a dream, you know, growing up, wanting to win the Heisman. I’m sure that every kid that played football, that’s one of their dreams. It’s hard to describe, the feelings that I’m having right now.
You speak for all of us, Tre.
So does Mason have a shot? Sure, you might think it’s too little too late. After all, both Pat and Bo earned their Heisman invites not only with stellar stats but with snazzy Please Pick Me pamphlets and postcards printed up weeks in advance. But, hey, this is Auburn, 2013. “Too little, too late” simply doesn’t enter into it.
Here’s what they sent:
Auburn junior RB Tre Mason, who helped lead Auburn to the 2013 Southeastern Conference title and a potential trip to the BCS National Championship game, deserves consideration for the Heisman Trophy.
Tre has been part of an Auburn team that tied an NCAA record for greatest single-season turn around (+8.5) and is one of the greatest rushing units in SEC history averaging 335.7 yards per game. The AU offense features four players with over 500 yards rushing, including two 1,000 yard rushers.
Below are his statistics and supportive materials regarding Tre.
AUBURN’S TRE MASON
Category Stat SEC/NCAA Rank Single-season rank
Rushing Yards 1,621 1st/6th 2nd at AU; 9th in SEC history
Rushing TDs 22 1st/3rd 1st at AU; 2nd in SEC history
All-Purpose Yards 2,137 1st/3rd 1st at AU; 3rd in SEC history
Misc.: 5.7 yards per rush; 124.7 yards rushing per game
** 1,621 rushing yards second-most in school single-season history behind Bo Jackson’s 1985 Heisman Trophy season (1,786 yards).
** 22 rushing touchdowns are a school-record, breaking Cam Newton’s previous mark of 20 set during his Heisman Trophy season in 2010.
** 22 rushing TDs are second-most ever in SEC history behind Florida’s Tim Tebow’s 23 in 2007 (Heisman Trophy winning season) and one more than Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in 2012 (Heisman Trophy winning season) and Alabama’s Trent Richardson in 2011.
** Auburn single-season record-holder for all-purpose yards with 2,137, breaking the previous mark set by Bo Jackson in 1985 (1,859).
** In four games against Top 10 teams this season (Auburn 3-1), Mason rushed for 778 yards and eight touchdowns, an average of 194.5 yards and two TDs.
** In 9 games versus SEC opponents, has 1,289 yards rushing (143.2 ypg) and 17 touchdowns.
** Mason’s 304 rushing yards (on 46 attempts) in SEC Championship game were the most by an Auburn running back since 1944 when Curtis Kuykendall had a school-record 307 yards against Miami (Fla.).
** Mason’s 304 rushing yards were the fifth most in SEC history and most since Arkansas’ Darren McFadden had 321 against South Carolina in 2007.
** Mason’s 46 rushing attempts against Missouri were a school record and second most ever by an SEC player (47 by Georgia’s Herschel Walker vs. Florida in 1981).
** Has rushed for 100+ yards in five consecutive games and a rushing TD in 10 consecutive games.
Mason 2013 Game-by-Game [Carries / Yards / Touchdowns]
Washington State 15 73 1
Arkansas State 14 99 1
Mississippi State 10 34 0
At #6 LSU 26 132 2
#24 Ole Miss 21 77 1
Western Carolina 6 100 2
At #7 Texas A&M 27 178 1
Florida Atlantic 10 60 1
At Arkansas 32 168 4
At Tennessee 20 117 3
#25 Georgia 27 115 1
#1 Alabama 29 164 1
#5 Missouri 46 304 4
A later email simply read: “Please consider Auburn junior RB Tre Mason for Heisman Trophy, who helped lead Auburn to the 2013 Southeastern Conference title and a potential trip to the BCS National Championship game.”
Related: The proBotional material of 1985.
* Amazing girl lip synchs Rod Bramblett’s amazing Iron Bowl call
* Congrats, Auburn fans—you survived an earthquake
* Cremated remains found in Jordan-Hare Stadium after Iron Bowl
* Cam Newton ‘War Eagles’ throughout his post-game press conference Sunday after Iron Bowl
* New York Post: Iron Bowl ending ‘greatest in the history of sports’
* Pensacola bridge completely covered in Auburn graffiti after Iron Bowl
* Highlights, Iron Bowl, Highlights
* Watch Rod Bramblett, Stan White and the Auburn radio broadcast booth react to the final play
* Hear Rod and Eli back to back
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