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Mason given national honors



Published: Tue, October 17, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The senior tailback was named a National Offensive Player of the Week.

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Sports Network has named Youngstown State University senior tailback Marcus Mason its NCAA Division I-AA National Offensive Player of the Week.

Mason also was tabbed as one of four I-AA.org All-Stars for his performance in Saturday's 35-28 win at Western Illinois.

He rushed for 266 yards on 20 carries and had three touchdowns in Youngstown State's fourth consecutive win.

Mason scored on runs on 1, 75 and 95 yards. His 95-yard run was the longest in school history and the second-longest in Gateway history. Mason eclipsed the school mark of 88 yards set by Marschell Brumfield back in 1978.

His yardage is second in school history to Dick Adipotti's 304 in 1966 against Southern Connecticut State. It also ranked as the fifth-best rushing game in Gateway history.

Through six games, Mason has rushed for 900 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He is averaging 150 yards rushing per game.

Ranks third in nation

Mason ranks third in the nation in per game average and has rushed for at least 99 yards in each game this season.

Central Connecticut State's Justise Hairston is leading Division I-AA with 178.14 yards per game while Drake's Scott Phaydavong is second at 152.29.

Mason also is tied for third in rushing touchdowns. Furman's Jerome Felton has 19 scores in seven games while Hairston has scored 14 in seven contests as well.

In his 15 career games with the Penguins, Mason has rushed for 1,792 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. He has a career average of 119.5 yards rushing per contest.

Other players cited

Other individuals to earn Sports Network National Player-of-the-Week accolades were James Madison defensive tackle Chuck Suppon (defense) and McNeese State wide receiver/return specialist Stephen Whitehead (special teams).

The I-AA.org organization tabbed UMass' Liam Coen, Appalachian State's Corey Lynch and Illinois State's Kye Stewart as All-Stars as well.

Mason will have his work cut out for him this Saturday when the Penguins take on Northern Iowa at 4 p.m. The Panthers lead the Gateway in rushing defense, surrendering 112.7 yards per game.

In this week's College Sporting News Coaches' Poll, YSU (6-1, 3-0 Gateway Conference) is ranked No. 5, trailing Appalachian State, Montana, Illinois State and Cal-Poly.




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