Heisman about entire season, not one game

Tre Mason jumped into the Heisman Trophy picture with his huge game against Missouri. (Getty)

Tre Mason jumped into the Heisman Trophy picture with his huge game against Missouri. (Getty)

Tre Mason played 12 games before Saturday’s night SEC Championship game.

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.

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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December 13th, 2013
10:33 am

Finebaum is a clown and knows absolutely nothing about the sport of football. However, he is still allowed to pontificate on the subject as if he is an expert. It is sickening to listen to all of the yahoos who call themselves experts who possess very minimal knowledge of the game and have NEVER done anything in the sport at a high level. Stop already. I can’t take it any more.


December 9th, 2013
8:47 pm

“That said, I don’t think Winston will win the Heisman this year.” Published 10/8/2013


Hey Andy, take your own advice!!!


December 9th, 2013
3:01 pm

Even though Mason was shredding defenses all year he did not fit into BSpn’s agenda so he didn’t get his props, however, his body of work is equal to Mark Ingram’s Heisman year except for one thing….he showed up in the Iron Bowl and Ingram didn’t.


December 9th, 2013
1:00 pm

Not sure which meets the “I” requirement….


December 9th, 2013
12:57 pm

But dude… its an espn run popularity contest. They didn’t start promoting until this weekend. Look at the season performance, then apply the mission statement and VOTE:

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award.


December 9th, 2013
11:50 am

Now that the alleged rapist from FSU has been “cleared”, it’s a done deal…give him the trophy.