“Words can’t even describe how it’s going to be because it’s going to be a dream come true,” said Tre Mason.
Those were the words from Tre Mason just two months out from the NFL draft. Right now the former Auburn running back is projected to be drafted in the second round come May.
This past season – Mason was named the SEC Player of the Year and helped lead the Auburn Tigers to the BCS National Championship Game – even after being physically drained near the end of the season
“Tre is a tough guy. With the amount of carries that he had, and that he got in our league, there was a lot of Sunday’s when he’d have trouble limping around and all that. Then he’d find a way to be 100 percent for the game – he’s a tough guy, he’s a very durable guy and he proved that time and time again, especially late in our stretch run this past year,” said Gus Malzahn, Auburn Head Coach.
While there is no doubt that Mason can run the football – the challenge for him and every running back advancing to the NFL – will be to learn the complex pass protection schemes the pros implement.
Malzahn thinks that won’t be a problem.
“The thing about Tre is that he has great courage and a lot of times pass protection at the next level is about courage. He’s a smart guy and he understands protections and the more he does of it, the better he’ll get,” said Malzahn.
Athletically – Mason may be among the best at his position. He finished as the top performer in both the broad jump at 126 inches and the vertical jump at 38.5 inches – at this year’s combine.