Auburn, Ala.--Freshman running back Tre Mason, who was a high school football star last fall in the Sunshine State, says Saturday’s night matchup of his Auburn Tigers and the University of Florida Gators has his undivided attention.
“Every game is special for me, but this is one I am looking forward to playing because a lot of my friends like Jacoby Brissett, Matt Elam and Gerald Christian play on that team,” Mason says.
Brissett, a freshman who played quarterback at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, made his first college start for the Gators last Saturday vs. LSU. Mason, who put together three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, says he knows the Florida quarterback very well.
“We have spent a lot of time together,” Mason says of Brissett. “We are actually from the same area. He was one of my best friends coming out of high school. He is a good guy, a good leader.”
Mason is also making an impact on his team as a true freshman. The speedy back returned a kickoff for a touchdown in his first college game and last Saturday night he had three carries for 30 yards vs. Arkansas. He also had a long run called back by a penalty.
“It is always exciting carrying the ball so it is exciting contributing for this team,” says Mason, who adds he was disappointed his Tigers suffered their second loss of the season as they fell to the Razorbacks.
Auburn and Florida will bring 4-2 records into Saturday’s 6 p.m. CDT kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium, a place the Gators haven’t played since losing to the Tigers there in 2006. Auburn also won the last Tigers vs. Gators matchup that was played in 2007 at Gainesville.
Tre Mason is shown at an Auburn football practice.
Mason followed the Gators and Hurricanes when he grew up so he is familiar with University of Florida football. “I kind of grew up a Florida and a Miami fan, but I fell in love with Auburn when I came here,” he says.
Mason says he is confident his Tigers will bounce back from a disappointing performance at Arkansas and play better at home against the Gators. “We don’t want to lose twice,” he says. “We don’t want to lose at all.”
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