Dec. 15, 2013
Auburn's Tre Mason takes in the Big Apple on Saturday night during his Heisman Trophy weekend (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
NEW YORK -- Tre Mason shrugged off the fact he didn't win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night by quickly looking to the task at hand.
He still has a national championship he wants to win.
The Auburn tailback finished sixth in the Heisman voting, even though he had more first-place votes than two players ahead of him. He will now join the rest of his teammates when they began practice Monday for the BCS Championship Game against Florida State on Jan. 6 in Pasadena.
That's where Mason will renew acquaintances with Jameis Winston, the quarterback who won the Heisman over five other finalists who were here for the ceremony.
"It was just a great experience for me here being amongst these other guys," Mason said. "They're great athletes themselves. I finished sixth, but it's still a blessing to even be in the conversation."
Mason leads the SEC with 1,621 rushing and is coming off a 304-yard rushing, four-touchdown performance that helped Auburn beat Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. Voters in the Heisman's South Region took notice. He finished third in that region. But voters in the Far West didn't see it. Mason finished eighth there.
Mason said he'll use that as motivation.
"I've been fueled by doubt all year," he said. "I'll continue to keep working hard and getting ready for Pasadena to get this 'W' for my team.
"We've just got to keep proving people wrong. We've got one more game that we can still do it."
And so it will be when surprising 12-1 Auburn faces No. 1 Florida State.
Mason and Winston got to know each other over the weekend.
"I'm proud of him," Mason said. "We created a great relationship this trip, and I'm ready to play him in the national championship."
But Mason said he was winner simply by spending time with his family in New York.
"I was just here for the experience," he said. "I just had a good time with my family and being here with those other guys."
The Heisman vote
Finalist voting for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, with first-, second- and third-place votes and total points (voting on 3-2-1 basis):
|Jameis Winston, Florida St.||668||84||33||2,205|
|AJ McCarron, Alabama||79||162||143||704|
|Jordan Lynch, N. Illinois||40||149||140||558|
|Andre Williams, Boston College||29||127||129||470|
|Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M||30||103||125||421|
|Tre Mason, Auburn||31||121||69||404|
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Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine