Noting Mason, Marshall and the Rebels

Some interesting numbers here while researching Tre Mason for a spot on the Heisman ballot.

It was Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, not Tre Mason, that killed Ole Miss.

Marshall had been pretty average as a running quarterback before getting 140 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries against Ole Miss.

Prior to Ole Miss, Marshall’s best game was 53 yards on eight carries against Arkansas State. His best game against a BCS level foe at that time had been 3.28 yards per carry with 46 on 14 against LSU. He had not scored a rushing touchdown until Ole Miss.

The Auburn media that night were stunned by his performance and said most of his rush attempts to that point had been between the tackles. Ole Miss ends crashed that way and never adjusted as Marshall made the read and ran outside.

Mason was just OK against the Rebels, nothing spectacular. With Marshall carrying the Auburn offense that night Mason could afford to be average, and Ole Miss held him to 77 yards on 21 attempts, his 3.66-yard average his lowest of the season.

Mason had put up some big numbers against LSU (26-132 2 TD) two weeks prior to Ole Miss but really turned a corner after Ole Miss with at least 100 yards in eight of the last nine games. The blip on the radar was Western Carolina where he only carried 10 times for 60 yards.

Four times in that span he went over 150 capped by Saturday’s 304-yard performance.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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