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November 26, 2013

HD: Mason, Tigers fueled by doubt

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AUBURN | Junior running back Tre Mason has rushed for 1,153 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. He's scored more touchdowns rushing than anyone in the SEC through 11 games.

Auburn rushes for 320 yards per game and Mason hopes that success continues against an Alabama rushing defense that only allows 91 yards per game. Mason talks about the talented Alabama defense, using last year's Iron Bowl as motivation, Jay Prosch's importance and more.

MASON: Problems Alabama's front seven poses..."They're a great football team. They're sure tacklers. They don't miss too many tackles. We have to make much of the opportunities that we're given. Take advantage of them and put points up on the board."

What do you remember about last year's Iron Bowl..."Not too much execution going on on our side of the ball. That's what we're going to change this game. We're going to execute our offense. We're not really going to change much. We're going to execute our offense. We feel confident in what we do."

Do you use last year's Iron Bowl as a measuring stick? "As Coach Malzahn says, we started in the outhouse and now we're headed to the penthouse. We're just looking to get better and looking to execute what we have to do and come out with a win."

People say spread offenses aren't physical..."We're a run-first offense. We're run based. Pretty sure everyone knows that. You've got to be physical when you're running the ball. We just try to find different ways to spread people out, and if you stack the box, we'll throw it over the top to Ricardo or Sammie Coates. So we try to be balanced, but when we're running the ball and things are working, we're just going to pace people."

Jay Prosch against C.J. Mosley..."We've got confidence in Jay. That guy -- 260, as strong as he is -- We're confident in what he can do. We're just looking forward to executing our offense. We're not really worried about what they've got on their side of the ball or what defense they run. We're just going to execute our offense."

Still think about the LSU loss? "(Still think about LSU loss?) Oh yeah, of course. That game we feel we should have come out with the win, but that's the way things happen. We used that as a stepping-stone and things to learn off of in that game. Now we know how to correct the things we messed up in that game."

Malzahn changing his personality? "No, Coach still hasn't changed. We're going to continue doing what we do, and that's being locked in and taking it day-by-day."

Can you run on Alabama? "I'm pretty confident. We've been running it all year and the O-line has been blocking great. Those guys up front are playing as one, doing their job identifying who they have to identify and I just have to continue doing my job."

Disadvantage because Alabama's played in big games? "Not at all. We feel like we're ready. We worked hard for this. We feel like we've earned everything we have now, so we're just ready to step on a stage like this and execute what we have to do."

Last year's Iron Bowl fuel? "A lot of the offseason, we've been pretty much fueled by doubt. We've been fueled by doubt all season. A lot of guys are fired up and we like being the underdog."



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