Running back Tre Mason is re-connecting with his Auburn roots in an attempt to make a return to the NFL.
Mason, a third-round pick of the then-St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft, was released by the franchise on March 10 after never reporting to the team last season and getting involved in legal trouble multiple times.
However, Mason is trying to get back on track by doing some rigorous offseason training with former Auburn teammate and current Cleveland Browns WR Ricardo Louis.
A video of them working out can be seen here at TMZ Sports, and it includes pushing midsize vehicles.
“When me and him get together, that’s all we know,” Louis said. “We’ve been doing this since we were at Auburn, before we had that magical season we were working hard before the season.”
Louis says he believes Mason could get picked up by a team and pick up right where he left off before his troubles.
“I don’t have no doubt in my mind. The work he’s putting in, the mindset he has, the track he’s on right now is all leading towards him getting another chance of playing.”
In 2014, Mason had a solid rookie campaign after rushing for 765 yards and 4 TDs. That was before the Rams drafted former Georgia RB Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick in the following draft. Gurley went on to win AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, while Mason served in a backup role.
All this preceded a strange 2016 that saw Mason in several strange headlines, punctuated by a wacky ATV incident last July.
Mason was allegedly doing wheelies on an ATV at a park. When police attempted to stop him, Mason didn’t comply and fled to his mother’s home in Lake Worth, Fla.
Authorities eventually caught up to Mason at the home and cited him for operating an ATV on public roads and failing to stop for police.
Louis, a fourth-round pick of the Browns last year, recorded 18 catches for 205 yards as a rookie.
Both players contributed to Auburn’s incredible run to the 2013 national championship game, where the team lost to Florida State in a 34-31 thriller. That season, Mason ran for 1,816 yards (fifth in SEC history) and 23 TDs.