Auburn running back Tre Mason to enter NFL Draft

Tre Mason's final run at Auburn was a record-setting touchdown
Tre Mason's final run at Auburn was a record-setting touchdown. (USATSI)

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One of the heroes of Auburn's unexpected run to Pasadena won't be back next season. The school announced on Thursday that running back Tre Mason will forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

Mason had a spectacular season for the Tigers, rushing for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns. While he was solid all year long, Mason didn't really explode onto the national scene until the end of the year when he rushed for 164 yards against Alabama in the Iron Bowl and followed that up with a 304-yard and four touchdown performance against Missouri in the SEC Championship.

Those performances helped earn Mason a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist, an honor he proved worthy of after rushing for 195 yards and a touchdown as well as catching a 42-yard score against Florida State in the title game. Fittingly, on Mason's final run in an Auburn uniform -- the 37-yard touchdown that gave Auburn a 31-27 lead with 1:19 to play -- he broke Bo Jackson's single-season rushing record of 1,786 yards at Auburn.

Of course, his greatest accomplishment could have been getting Brent Musberger to talk about De La Soul during a broadcast of a title game.

Mason is projected as a second-round pick in the NFL Draft.

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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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