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December 14, 2013
Strong finish not enough for Mason
AUBURN | Auburn will have to wait at least one more year before claiming its fourth Heisman Trophy.
Tailback Tre Mason finished sixth in voting for the most prestigious award in college football Saturday night. The Auburn junior finished with 404 points overall while Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who won the award, finished with 2,205 points.
Mason became the face of Auburn's surge during the second half of the season, rushing for 868 yards and 13 touchdowns during the Tigers' final five regular-season games. He finished with 1,621 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.
Both figures led the Southeastern Conference. LSU's Jeremy Hill finished second in both categories -- 436 yards and eight touchdowns behind Mason's pace.
Mason set a school record for all-purpose yards in a season with 2,137. That broke a mark set by Bo Jackson during his Heisman Trophy-winning season 28 years ago.
The schedule worked against Mason. Heisman voters received their passwords on Nov. 25, which signified the first time ballots could be cast. Mason's big day against Missouri didn't occur until Dec. 7, less than 48 hours before voting closed.
Once a ballot is submitted, it cannot be revised. Therefore, voters who submitted ballots prior to the Iron Bowl or SEC Championship Game didn't take Mason's final two performances, which totaled 568 yards and five touchdowns against top-5 opponents, into account.
Also, hype and visibility often plays an important role when it comes to winning the Heisman Trophy. While Winston, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and 2012 winner Johnny Manziel were high-profile candidates throughout the season, Mason wasn't even discussed as a candidate until the Iron Bowl.