Updated: Tre Mason named All-American by USA Today, selected as SEC Offensive Player of the Year by coaches

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 11, 2013 

Auburn running back Tre Mason was named to a second-team All-American by USA Today on Wednesday.

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AUBURN, Ala.Tre Mason's season garnered him an All-American nod from the USA Today on Wednesday.

Auburn's junior running back — one of six players vying for the Heisman Trophy on Saturday — was named to the USA Today's second-team. The two running backs on the first team were fellow Heisman finalist Andre Williams of Boston College along with Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona.

Mason was the only Auburn player selected for either of the USA Today's All-American teams.

Mason leads the SEC in rushing yards (1,621), rushing touchdowns (22), rushing yards per game (124.7) and total touchdowns (23). He is coming off an epic effort in Auburn's SEC Championship game victory over Missouri, which saw him carry 46 times — both a school and SEC title game record — for 304 yards (second-most in a single game by a Tiger) and four touchdowns (another record for the SEC title contest).

With the BCS Championship game set for Jan. 6, Mason could set the school's single-season rushing record held by Bo Jackson. To eclipse Jackson's 1,786-yard total from 1985, Mason will have to rush for at least 166 yards against top-ranked Florida State.

The Palm Beach, Fla., native also picked up another honor on Wednesday, as SEC coaches gave him the league's Offensive Player of the Year Award. It's his second award of the variety in three days, as Mason also snagged the Associated Press SEC Offensive Player of the Year Award on Monday.

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