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SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) tweeted at 2:23 AM on Thu, Jan 31, 2013:
Auburn running back Blakely leaves school
~Blakely's departure leaves Tre Mason and Corey Grant - a former walk-on - as the only returning scholarship tailbacks.
It's ok. They're counting on their JuCo three-star to win the Heisman. No worries ITBGO.
Nothing paints the picture of the difference between us and them than the current RB situation.
Fortunately those two guys each run a 2.9 40. In fact, they are so fast they can probably complete spring practice in half the time...
Mason is a very good back. He would do well in our system. However, if the Barn is relying on Grant, it is going to be another tough year.
The JUCO back & incoming frosh are gonna get a good bit of action now. Ready or not!
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well, we at least did our part donating corey "dont call me mcalleb" grant. good thing we have 17 backs waiting
The new rb coach is gonna earn his pay this year! Or be looking for a new job next year!
This post was edited by 1tide 18 months ago
come on guys, they are young!
Choose not a life of limitation
I don't think mason is a good back. He's average to me. Had they run the clock out in the iron bowl or took him out versuses the 2nd stringers no way he gets 1000 yds. He's a average back with no power to me
Getting 1000 yards in the SEC behind an OL made up of mostly freshman and absolutely no passing game is a pretty good feat. Our second team DL is better than more than half of the rest of the SEC. Kid put up 80 yards on the groud against us behind that awful OL and virtually no passing threat. He's a good player and a tough runner. He'll play in the league.
I disagree. He won't play on Sundays and he's average to me.
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. We can agree to disagree.
I agree that he is a good back and runs hard as well. My only question is can he take the beating from being the main guy most of the game every game? Other than that he is a good back.
I agree with you as well. I picked him up on my fantasy team for some spot starts last year, and he came up big. Kid is going to be a stud next year. Don't know how anyone can't see it...has great vision, strong cuts, and rarely gets brought down by initial contact.
Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear.
Tre Mason is a solid back.. NFL potential - not a "lock" quite yet but to say he isnt any good is foolish. He would be starting with Yeldon this year if he was on our team... and by starting I mean potentially ahead of him due to being older...
He's a solid back, but no. It's not close. He's not the caliber of any of the previous three and Yeldon is way out of his league.
Well y'all better not disagree with my opinion, because I'll cut y'alls throats.
Give me a break he got a bunch of yards on teams third string after the game was over most of his he got in the 4th when the players that will be playing on sunday were on the bench.
"Because Bama now sucks just like FSU used to suck when we were getting dominated by OU. Does it make sense now?"- Sliger (FSU Fan)
plus tj pulled over an epic fau in his time. tre has been a rare bright spot for the boys out east
Mason took most of the snaps all year and it took him playing the entire game every week just to get to 1000.(see the iron bowl where he took the last snap of the game just to get to 1000). I read yesterday Blakely was the 3rd leading rusher with 153 yards on the season. Let that sink in. 153 yards on the season. Mason doesn't sniff 1000 yards if they had another decent back to share the load. Mason wouldnt get on the field for us at rb. He'd be behind Lacy, Yeldon, Fowler, and Drake. Mason is a decent back, but nothing special.
This really is a silly argument. Yeldon is better - Mason is still an All-sec caliber back. Put him in our program and behind our line and the kid could run for 1300-1500 yards. If you dont think so, you dont watch football.
There 2013 backfield will consist of:
T. Mason (Jr.) 5-10/195 **** 171 rushes for 1002 yds 8TD's & 7 catches for 86 yds
C. Artis-Payne (Jr.) 5-11/215 *** JUCO
C. Grant (Jr.rs) 5-11/185 **** 9 rushes for 29 yds
They will likely sign:
Tarean Folston 5-9/185 **** & Jonathan Ford 5-11/190 ****
Malzahn's offense, like most offenses, must be able to run the ball, especially at Auburn where they don't have a passing threat. Even if Tre Mason puts up Ben Tate numbers (263 rushes for 1362 yards and 10 TD's) they'll still need someone else to produce 1,394 yards rushing to equal 2009's production. Hard to see that happening, and keep in mind that was a 7-5 season. They'll have to win 3 of (Miss. St., Ole Miss, at Arkansas, at Tennessee) to hit that mark in 2013.
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