Running back Tre Mason will forego his senior season at Auburn and enter the 2014 NFL Draft just three days after losing to Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game.
"After all the thought, talking to family and friends, I talked to my mom and dad, went over it a lot with them," Mason said. "I'm going to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft."
The Heisman finalist led the Southeastern Conference with 1,816 yards rushing, breaking Auburn legend Bo Jackson's single-season record. He also has the single-season school records in total touchdowns (25), rushing touchdowns (23) and all-purpose yards (2,374).
Mason also said he is close to finishing his degree: "I'm not going to work all this time and not get my degree."
The junior tailback was always a hard worker for the Tigers. Immediately following the title game loss, Mason apologized to the Auburn faithful.
Mason was also honored on the Sports Illustrated 2013-14 All-Bowl Team.
The 5-foot-10, 196-pound back is projected to go anywhere in rounds 2-4 in the draft according to WalterFootball.com, a leading draft analysis site. There are many professional teams in need of a running back, but it won't be easy for Mason to land a spot in this year's stacked class.
However, no other running back has the work ethic of Tre All Day.