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2007 Football Roster


Derek Mason

Class: r-Sr.
Position: DL
Height: 6-4
Weight: 271 pounds
Previous School: Starkville
Hometown: Starkville, MS

2007: Saw action in 10 games and had two starts ... Tallied a career-best 10 tackles on the season ... Had 431 total snaps including a season-high 62 against ULL ... Named the Most Improved Strength Training for defensive linemen following spring drills ... Collected six tackles and a sack in the Blue-White game ... Played 28 snaps against FAU ... Registered one tackle at Louisville ... Made his first collegiate start at defensive tackle against LSU and had one stop ... Had one tackle against WKU ... Added one tackle against FIU, Virginia, and Memphis ... Did not play against Arkansas State or North Texas due to an injury ... Returned against ULM and had one tackle and also had one tackle in a start against ULL ... Had two tackles at Troy in the season-finale.

2006: Played in 10 total games along the defensive front ... Had four total tackles on the season, one tackle for loss, and one pass breakup ... Made the move from offensive line to defensive line during the spring ... Had one stop in the Blue-White Spring Game ... Was listed behind Trevor Jenkins at defensive tackle coming out of spring drills ... Did not play against FIU ... Saw one snap at Maryland and was in on five plays against Tennessee Tech ... Earned a "winning performance" from the coaches following the Tech victory ... Played a career-best 21 plays at Oklahoma ... Was in on seven plays at North Texas and did not play against Louisville ... Had nine snaps in win at Louisiana-Monroe and 16 at Louisiana-Lafayette but did not register a tackle in either contest ... Tallied one stop in 18 plays against FAU ... Had 16 snaps at ASU and 18 at South Carolina ... Collected two tackles and a pass breakup against Troy ... Had a tackle for loss in Motor City Bowl against Central Michigan.

2005: Took a redshirt year but was a member of the travel squad.

East Mississippi JC: Was all-state and all-North Division and earned a spot in the MJCAA All-Star game in December 2004 ... Started all nine games at offensive tackle in 2004 and graded 75 percent or better in every game for Coach Alan Rudolph ... Also tallied 21 pancakes while allowing only two sacks the entire season ... Was a tight end his freshman year at EMJC ... Recruited by Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette.

High School: Played tight end at Starkville High School where he was a member of a state championship team.

Personal: Parent: Patricia Mason ... Born: 11/27/84 ... Major: Physical Education.

Tackles UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT
2006 3 1 4 0-0 1-2 0 0
2007 4 6 10 0-0 1-3 0 0
Total 7 7 14 0-0 2-5 0 0


2006 Game-by-Game Stats
2007 Game-by-Game Stats