Mason announced Thursday that he will skip his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. “It was a dream since I was young,” Mason said via the Associated Press. “I’m a dream chaser, and now I’m just trying to make a dream into reality.”
Mason compiled for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground for Auburn this past season and had his best performances in the Tigers’ biggest games. He rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown in Auburn’s victory over then top-ranked Alabama in November, then followed it up with a 304-yard, four TD explosion against Missouri to send Auburn to the BCS Championship game. Mason capped the season by rushing for 195 yards in the Tigers 34-31 loss to Florida State.
“He did a wonderful job for us not only this year, but really his whole career,” said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. “Not just the way he played football but the way he represented Auburn.”
At 5-10, 205-lbs., Mason projects well to the NFL and says he received a third round grade from the NFL’s Draft Advisory board.
Mason should be one of the top backs available this Spring in an underwhelming crop of running backs, which should increase his stock ever so slightly.
“He can run between the tackles, he’s got great courage, he plays his best games in his biggest games, and he’s a good receiver out of the backfield also,” Coach Malzahn said.
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