October 24, 2012

NOTEBOOK: Auburn wants more Mason

AUBURN -- Tre Mason is supposed to get 20 carries per game.

That's the Tigers' goal every week. The sophomore says that's the goal, offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler confirms the goal and assistant coach Curtis Luper chimed in Wednesday to affirm those positions as well.

So the question remains: Why hasn't Mason cracked the 20-carry barrier since Week Three?

"A lot of times, games just play out the way they do," Luper said. "We get behind, we start throwing, we have a couple three-and-outs and he doesn't get as many carries as we want him to get. Our objective over the last few weeks is to get him the ball 20 times."

Mason has been the Tigers' most productive offensive player. Despite playing behind two freshman tackles and against defenses generally geared toward stopping the run, Mason has averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

He creates yards with the ball in his hands.

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