AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn tailback Tre Mason, who helped power the Tigers into the national championship game, is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
"It was a dream since I was young," Mason said Thursday in announcing his decision. "I'm a dream chaser, and now I'm just trying to make a dream into reality."
The Heisman Trophy finalist was the Tigers' workhorse late in the season, coming through in the season's biggest games.
"It was a big dream of mine," Mason said. "I wanted the ball bad, and I felt I could do something with the ball in my hand."
Mason, who finished sixth in the Heisman voting, is projected as a likely mid-round draft pick. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder said he received a third-round grade from the NFL draft advisory board.
Third-year sophomore left tackle Greg Robinson is also headed to the NFL.
Mason broke Bo Jackson's 28-year-old school single-season record with 1,816 yards. He also ran for 24 touchdowns and finished with six consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
"He did a wonderful job for us not only this year, but really his whole career," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who recruited Mason when he was offensive coordinator. "Not just the way he played football but the way he represented Auburn.
"This is a big day for him and his family. This is a big day for Auburn, so I'm very proud of him."