Auburn RB apologizes: "I let the whole Auburn family down"
Mistakes were made in the BCS National Championship Game that led to the ultimate collapse of Auburn's hope to win its second national title in four years. One of the few players immune from the media scrutiny would be running back Tre Mason. However, the junior is apologizing anyway.
"Right now I just feel like I let the whole Auburn family down by not finishing," he said while Florida State's players and coaches basked in the glory of victory with confetti raining down on the field.
I'm not sure what he's talking about. If anyone finished strong for the Tigers it would be Mason.
The Heisman finalist broke off a 37-yard go-ahead touchdown run with fewer than two minutes left in the game. Mason carried the team on his back the entire game, running for 195 yards with the touchdown on 34 carries. He also caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Mason wasn't done carrying the team yet. In the ensuing interview, he would carry responsibility for the loss too.
"We told them we'd have the biggest turnaround in college football, and the biggest turnaround would be winning that crystal ball," he said. "We owed them that because of the season last year. I just want them to know that I gave it all I got, but I still feel like I let them down."
Regardless of the championship loss, Auburn did have an amazing revival. The program won 12 games, seven in the Southeastern Conference, after going 3-9 and winless in league play last year. Let's not forget the multiple highlights that will be remembered in college football lore forever.
Mason shouldn't feel bad about his contribution this year. He finished with 1,816 yards rushing, breaking Auburn legend Bo Jackson's single-season record. He set a BCS title game record in carries and finished second in yardage.
He did his part, but it wasn't enough. The team lost, not just one player.
Mason hasn't revealed if he will return for his senior season or declare for the NFL Draft.
It's hard to predict which path he will take. He got a taste of college football's most prized accomplishment, but it was Famous Jameis' year.
Perhaps 2014-15 will be Tre All Day's moment to remember.