May 9, 2014
By Phillip Marshall
For Tre Mason, a little boy's dream came true Friday night. He was chosen in the third round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He will join former Auburn teammate Greg Robinson.
Mason, 5-foot-9 and 196 pounds, was the 76th player picked. He finished his Auburn career with 2979 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns. He caught 38 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
The Rams made Robinson the No. 2 pick in the draft on Thursday. Defensive end Dee Ford went to the Kansas City Chiefs as the No. 23 pick in the first round.
Mason, who rushed for 1816 yards and 23 touchdowns, the most prolific running season in school history, led the Tigers to the Southeastern Conference championship and the BCS Championship Game last season. He was the SEC's Offensive Player of the Year. He passed up his final year of eligibility to make himself available for the draft.
"Playing in the NFL has always been my dream," Mason said. "I'm looking forward to showing what I can do."
Mason took to Twitter after the pick was announced.
Joining my brother (Robinson)! Let's continue to take over!" Mason tweeted.
After Mason torched Missouri for 304 rushing yards in the SEC Championship Game, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn saluted him as one of the top players in the game.
"He's one of the best players in college football. There's no doubt. You look at what he's done in this league against very good defenses and the way he runs.
"The neat thing about it is most people know he's getting it, and he's earned some very tough yards," Malzahn said. "He breaks most of the first contact. He's a tough guy."
Mason and Robinson join a franchise with a distinct Auburn flavor. Head coach Jeff Fisher's son, Trent, played at Auburn and now works with the Rams. Former Auburn players Daren Bates and Emory Blake are on the roster. Former Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter works in the scouting department.
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: