Tre Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist this year after he ran for 1,621 rushing yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns this season, but if not for a decision made as a freshman in high school, he never would be in position to win a BCS National Championship.
“I stopped playing football in eighth grade and was like, ‘I’m done. I’m going to play basketball,’” Mason tells ESPN.com. “But I went to a game in the ninth grade and said, ‘I think I could do this. I think I could dominate.’”
Dominate is what Mason has done this season after he ran for 1,002 yards last season, Mason needs 166 more yards on the ground against the No. 5 ranked rushing defense of the Florida State Seminoles–they allow an average of 111.1 yards per game–in Monday’s VIZIO BCS National Championship to pass Bo Jackson as Auburn’s single-season rushing leader.
I’m sure Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is thankful the 5-10 Mason didn’t have the requisite height to continue with his basketball aspirations as are many Auburn fans who are hoping Mason’s magical season can continue with one more win on Monday night.
Come Monday evening some could some Seminoles defenders wishing Mason had carried out his ninth grade dream?