(AUBURN) — Less than one week after losing the BCS National Championship game, the Auburn Tigers have also lost their top running back. Junior Tre Mason, who led Southeastern Conference with 1,816 rushing yards, has decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Mason received a third-round grade by the draft committee and is hoping to parlay his collegiate success to the next level. In his junior year, Mason ranked fifth in the country in rushing while breaking the school’s single-season-yards record previously held by Bo Jackson.
A finalist for the Heisman trophy, Mason rushed for a career-best 304 yards and four touchdowns in the SEC Championship game against Missouri before adding 195 yards and another score to his resume in the title game versus Florida State.
Despite losing to the Seminoles, Mason spearheaded a rushing attack that led the country, marking the first time an SEC team had done so.
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