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From the Plains to the pros: Tre Mason

Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams

Position: Running back

Drafted: Taken in the third round (No. 75 overall) by the St. Louis Rams in May

Career stats: N/A; rookie season

2014 outlook:

Mason wasn't drafted to be the Rams' starting running back. Not yet, anyway. Heading into the summer,

Zac Stacy

, St. Louis' top rusher last year with 973 yards, is at the top of the heap. Behind him, Mason,

Benny Cunningham, Isaiah Pead

and

Chase Reynolds

are expected to push for carries. And though it needs to be taken at face value, Rams offensive coordinator

Brian Schottenheimer

told ESPN.com last month there will be a competition

"for who’s the starter"

. Which is, of course, something all coaches say to make sure the presumed leader (in this case, Stacy) stays on their toes while the others vying for the carries don't slack off. So while no one should expect Mason to be the marquee back for the Rams in his rookie season, he should get his fair share of touches, especially considering Stacy's nagging injury issues in 2013.

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