Auburn and its star running back were on TV quite a bit this fall. And Mason shined in many of those games, scoring four TDs in one, three in another, rushing for 134 against LSU, 178 in a win over Texas A&M and 164 yards in the miracle over Alabama that was watched by 13.8 million people.
And yet he received almost no mention for the Heisman before the SEC title game.
By the end of Auburn’s 59-42 win — a game in which Mason showed up Missouri with 304 yards and four TDs — Heisman ballots were being reshuffled and rearranged across the country.
Twitter was full of folks talking about how Mason should win the Heisman Trophy. TV announcers began questioning the worthiness of other candidates and saying Mason could win based on Saturday’s showing.
Auburn went on an immediate full-court press to promote its man of hour, e-mailing a release in the wee hours Sunday morning stating that Mason deserved consideration for the Heisman Trophy with a page of his stats.
Convenient? No doubt, since the Heisman voting deadline is today, and most voters still have visions of him dancing past Missouri defenders. Mason even struck a couple of Heisman-like poses after scores.
Finebaum: It's a good thing for Jameis Winston that Heisman ballots are due, because another week and Tre Mason would probably win it.
— Opening Drive (@openingdrive) December 9, 2013
Mason’s timing was excellent, and don’t be surprised if he is one of of the finalists invited to NYC just a week after he was an afterthought to most voters. In fact, Auburn QB Nick Marshall was being promoted as a darkhorse Heisman candidate in the days leading up to the game.
The Heisman should be about one season. The whole thing.
Not one game.
And not a career.
I don’t have a problem with Mason winning the Heisman in a year in which everybody from a MAC QB (Jordan Lynch) to a career winner (AJ McCarron) has been mentioned in the absence of a sure thing.
Mason has the stats (1,621 yards rushing, 22 TDs). His team’s in the national title game. He’s shined on the biggest stages against the toughest opponents.
But if he wins, it should be for his body of work, not because he was the last guy we saw.
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