Tre Mason, Nick Marshall have Auburn on run to Pasadena
January 1, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
AUBURN PRESS RELEASE
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason has rushed for at least 100 yards in seven of Auburn's last eight games.
But he saved his very best in the Tigers' last game.
Auburn turned Mason into a workhorse in the SEC Championship Game when he rushed 46 times for 304 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Missouri, and will look to him again when the Tigers meet Florida State in the BCS title game in Pasadena next Monday.
That's hardly a secret. Auburn announced its intentions to be a running team early on, nothing has changed, and nobody can seem to do anything about it.
Mason has 1,621 yards rushing and a school-record 22 rushing TDs.
Auburn was set to fly to California on Tuesday morning to begin work at UC-Irvine on Wednesday.
By next Monday, Florida State will pay attention to this when Auburn has the ball...
Nick Marshall is a quarterback. But his ability to run the zone-read has helped him to running back-like rushing stats. He has 1,162 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing. His best rushing game was against Tennessee when he had 214 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries. Marshall and Mason are only the third Auburn combo to each rush for a 1,000 yards in the same season, joining the 1979 tandem of James Brooks and Joe Cribbs and the 2010 tandem of Cam Newton and Mike Dyer.
If you blinked you may have missed Corey Grant's 664 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He's fast. He rushed for 146 yards in the opener against Washington State. Grant, who had just nine carries in 2012, excelled when finally given a serious chance.
Cameron Artis-Payne waited for his turn behind Mason. He has 613 yards and six touchdowns, including a season-high 133 yards against Western Carolina.
Jeremy Johnson looked sharp when he hit 17-of-21 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Western Carolina. But he was limited to a few plays here and there in the second half of the season. He's hit 29-of-41 passes for 422 yards and six touchdowns.
Ricardo Louis has the catch of the season -- the one that beat Georgia as time wound down -- and his second on the team with 26 catches for 297 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Davis is next with 22 catches for 191 yards and a touchdown, but has caught a pass in just one of Auburn's last five games. Quan Bray matches those 191 yards, on 20 catches, with three touchdowns.