July 18, 2013
Dallas, Texas -
Auburn junior Tre Mason was named a Doak Walker Award preseason candidate for the nation's top college running back, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Thursday.
Mason, a preseason All-SEC second-team selection, rushed for a team-high 1,002 yards and eight touchdowns last season and was the first non-quarterback to lead Auburn in total offense for a season since Bo Jackson in 1985.
"The opportunity to play college football is a blessing from God, and any recognition is also a blessing," said Mason. "I am going to keep striving for success as we get ready for the season ahead."
Mason, a 5-foot-10, 196-pound Palm Beach, Fla., native, started six games for the Tigers last year after midseason. He rushed for a career-high 181 yards vs. Alabama A&M with a pair of touchdowns, including an 86-yarder that was the fourth longest rushing play in Auburn history and the seventh longest play from scrimmage.
He had three 100-yard rushing performances including 152 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries vs. New Mexico State and 104 yards in the season opener vs. Clemson.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on November 14, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on November 25. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on December 2 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The recipient of the 2013 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas, in February 2013.
The award, in its 24nd year, is named for SMU's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification. Go to www.doakwalkeraward.com for more information.
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