Nov. 4, 2013
Auburn's Tre Mason runs for more as Gus Malzahn cheers him on at Arkansas (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Tre Mason had another big game, and that prompted Gus Malzahn to state the obvious after Auburn beat Arkansas 35-17 Saturday night.
Mason, Malzahn said, is "establishing himself as the guy we need to get the football to."
So Auburn did in Fayetteville. Mason rushed for four touchdowns and 168 yards rushing against Arkansas and, Monday, earned SEC offensive player of the week honors from the league office.
Mason, who rushed for 1,002 yards last season, is well on his way to passing that landmark again. He has 921 yards and 13 touchdowns heading into Saturday's game at Tennessee.
Auburn rode Mason's hot hand at Arkansas. He had 32 carries.
"What can I say? The guy gets stronger as the game goes on; he gets stronger as the season goes on," said offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
Mason said the game he wasn't sure how many carries he'd get at Arkansas.
"I really didn't," he said."I never know going into the game. We run a fast-paced offense and I was getting into my zone and that's the way it panned out."
Mason is first in the SEC in rushing touchdowns, with 13, first in the league in scoring, at 84 points; and third in the league in rushing, with his 921 yards.
Other SEC winners this week were South Carolina defensive back Victor Hampton, defensive player of the week; Georgia place-kicker Marshall Morgan, special teams player of the week; Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk, freshman of the week; Missouri tackle Justin Britt, offensive lineman of the week; and Georgia nose guard Garrison Smith, defensive lineman of the week.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: