AUBURN, Ala. Much of Auburn's success this season can be owed to its vaunted rushing attack.
So it came as no surprise when three key pieces of the Tigers' running game were recognized by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Running back Tre Mason, continuing to add to his numerous postseason honors, was named to the AP's All-America second-team, while center Reese Dismukes and tackle Greg Robinson were selected to the All-America third-team.
Mason leads the SEC in carries (283), rushing yards (1,621), rushing yards per game (124.7) and rushing touchdowns (22, which doubles as a single-season school-record) and was picked as the league's offensive player of the year by both the AP and the coaches last week. He also vaulted himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion late in the season, where he ended up finishing sixth last Saturday.
"Very proud of the way he represented us. He did a great job," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Monday night. "That's a huge award to get to that point even to go, especially when he really wasn't even in the conversation until late. But it was a great experience for him, for our program, and it was good."
Dismukes has earned his fair share of accolades as well, with the AP All-American selection joining his consensus All-SEC status (first-team by league coaches, second-team by the AP) and his finalist showing for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top center. This was the second time in as many weeks that Robinson, a redshirt sophomore, has been recognized by the AP, as the organization dubbed him a first-team All-SEC performer last week.
Earlier Tuesday morning, Sports Illustrated named both Mason and Robinson to its All-America second-team. Senior defensive end Dee Ford and corner Chris Davis garnered honorable mention nods from the magazine, with Davis being selected due to his efforts as a punt returner this season.