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Warm welcome: Tre Mason checks in on Auburn buddies
March 5, 2015

Former Auburn tailback Tre Mason, right, talks things over with Sammie Coates

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's Pro Day attracted the Super Bowl champion head coach and lots of NFL scouts -- and a pro running back that a lot of former Tigers would like to follow into professional football.

Tre Mason, formerly of Auburn, presently of the St. Louis Rams, couldn't stay away from Pro Day this week. He had to check on his buddies.

"I love being here. It's such a warm welcome when I come back," Mason said. "I'm supporting my family."

Mason said he wanted to return because "Auburn was a place that changed my life forever. The guys I came in with and played with, we're probably going to stay together for life." He watched 22 former Tigers try to impress pro football types who were in attandance.

He was especially interested the performances of Cameron Artis-Payne, Brandon Fulse and Quan Bray because they worked with Mason in the last offseason.

Mason, who led the SEC in rushing in 2013 and was drafted in the third round by the Rams last year. Mason rushed for 765 yards in his first NFL season, a solid total considering he didn't play the first four games while learning his blocking responsibilities. He was named to multiple all-rookie teams.

He says he's at 200 pounds now, down from the 215 he played at Auburn.

"I look at the game as more of a profession. This is my job. I tried to lose weight because my body is a vessel for income. What you put in it, is your production," Mason said.

"The first year was a blessing. I got my feet wet. It gives me more confidence going into the next year."

Mason is fast, but Corey Grant's 4.26 run in the 40, if not faster, caught his eye during Tuesday's workouts.

"That speed is going to show every time. That's going to stand out," Mason said.
Mason also said Nick Marshall, who was Auburn's quarterback the last two years but who is trying to be a defensive back in the NFL, "could play any position there is."

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