Tre Mason up for Sullivan Award as top amateur athlete

March 11, 2014

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Tre Mason was on the go, as in 304 yards, in the SEC title game (AP photo / Dave Martin)

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala.  Tre Mason has another honor to put on his resume. 

The former Auburn running back is one of 19 nominees for the James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the nation's top amateur athlete. Mason, among other things, was named the SEC's top offensive player and was a Heisman Trophy finalist on the way to helping Auburn to a 12-2 season and a spot in the BCS title game. 

Mason rushed for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. He figures to be among the first running backs selected in the NFL draft. 

His competition for the Sullivan Award ranges from the likes of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron to Joy Woog-Garvey, an inline hockey player, to Ashley Bishop, expert baton twirler. Mason is one of four college football players who made the list. 

The nominees, the Amateur Athletic Association says, were nominated "by someone who thought they fit the requirements of outstanding athletic ability, strong character, leadership and sportsmanship." 

Fans can vote for Mason, or whoever they choose, at the AAU website, where a list of the nominees is available. The fans' vote will account for one-third of voting process. 

Three finalists will be named by March 28th and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 11 in Orlando.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: