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Leonard Mason
2  Leonard Mason

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Last College:
College of the Desert

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 216




Colorado State vs. New Mexico

Colorado State vs. New Mexico, Oct. 30, 2010


Colorado State vs. Air Force

Colorado State vs. Air Force Oct. 9, 2010


Colorado State Falls to No. 5 TCU

The Rams now stand at 1-4.

2010 (Senior): The Rams' leading rusher for a second straight season, played in all 12 games with three starts...Paced the Rams with 513 yards on 92 carries, and five TDs...His 5.6-yard average per carry ranked ninth among CSU's all-time leading rushers, the highest mark since Damon Washington in 1997...Also caught five passes for 31 yards (6.2 avg.)...Pulled a hamstring on the eve of fall camp and missed most of August practices...Returned to full strength later in the month and played in the season opener, vs. Colorado (Sept. 4), getting a fourth-quarter carry...At Nevada (Sept. 11), showed the fire he flashed in 2009, leading the team with 33 hard-earned yards on eight carries; also caught a pair of passes for 19 yards...In loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), saw snaps late in the first quarter, replacing an injured Raymond Carter (knee); picked up an important third-down conversion with a carry in the second quarter...At No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), made his first start since Oct. 17, 2009, at No. 8 TCU, and registered his fourth career 100-yard game (22 carries for a career-best 139 yards); starting in place of an injured Raymond Carter (knee), also scored his first TD since Oct. 10, 2009, vs. Utah...Had four carries of 10-or-more yards in Falcons contest, moving the pile several times with relentless effort, including a 16-yard gain on a third-quarter drive that would end with his TD; converted a pair of third downs with hard-earned yards on a fourth-quarter TD drive...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), made his second straight start at RB for Carter and answered his coaches' challenge with a second straight 100-yard effort, CSU's first string of 100-yard rushing games since Gartrell Johnson's final three contests of 2008; got most of his 121 yards on the first play of the second half, a 52-yard burst off left tackle, eclipsing his previous career long, a 44-yard run that iced the win at CU in 2009...Played one snap in loss at No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23) after being late for a team meeting...Returned to action in 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), with his first career multi-TD game; his three rushing TD were the most by a CSU player since Gartrell Johnson had three Oct. 4, 2008, vs. UNLV...Also in Lobos contest, posted his sixth career 100-yard rushing game, his third over a four-game stretch, beginning with a powerful 12-yard carry on his first touch, in which he kept his feet moving and picked up the final 7 yards after blasting through the first defender...Gave the Rams a go-ahead TD with a 3-yard run in the first quarter, then took a fourth-and-2 carry 38 yards for a second-quarter TD; later scored on 2-yard run, also on fourth down, to put the game out of reach late in the third quarter...At SDSU (Nov. 6), converted a third-and-1 early in the second quarter with a 13-yard blast...In loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), got into the hip pocket of left tackle Mark Starr and galloped 31 yards early in the second quarter; also converted a fourth-and-1 in the final quarter on a drive that gave the Rams their first points, and had a 13-yard run on the team's lone touchdown drive, in the final minutes.

2009 (Junior): A junior-college transfer, played in 10 games, with four starts at running back...Led the team in rushing with 156 carries for 791 yards (4.9 avg.), and two TDs...Also had six receptions for 30 yards...In his Division I debut, was a catalyst in the Rams' landmark 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), rushing for 107 yards on 23 carries (4.7 avg.)...Picked up 5 yards to convert a key third-down on a first-quarter touchdown drive; later, followed blockers to gain 16 yards on a third-quarter carry to remove the Rams from the shadow of their own goal...Finally, on the first play after CSU recovered an onsides kick late in the game, sealed the Buffs' fate with a reverberating 44-yard sweep down the right sideline...For his efforts, earned Player of the Week honors from the Colorado chapter of the National Football Foundation...Made his first Division I start in 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12) and collected 66 yards on 16 carries (4.1 avg.), including a 14-yard run around right tackle that helped set up a CSU touchdown...Started in a 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), and on a 7-yard run that began a 79-yard TD drive in the second half, moved the pile 5 yards by himself after initial contact...In conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), on a third-quarter scoring drive, carried four times for 24 yards, concluding the march with his first Division I touchdown, a 5-yard blast off right tackle; set up the score with a 13-yard gallop...Ran point on the Rams' rushing attack in bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), averaging 4.7 yards per carry (18-for-85) against the WAC's top rushing offense, including a 15-yard burst in the second quarter...Started in 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), and registered an early career high with 130 yards on 24 carries (5.4 avg.); converted a third-and-1 on a game-tying field-goal drive in the second quarter, and another third-and-1 out of the locker room to set up his go-ahead touchdown, in which he walked in untouched...On CSU's next possession, set up another TD by converting a fourth-and-1 with an incredible dive, keeping his body parallel to the ground, to move the chains; replay upheld the ruling and took a timeout from Utah, who challenged the spot...Also pancaked Utah's R.J. Stanford on a third-quarter blast...In loss at eighth-ranked TCU (Oct. 17), slashed through the nation's No. 9 rushing defense for 42 yards on seven carries, helping CSU to a 6-0 lead, before landing on his ribs after a first-quarter summersault, and did not return; before the injury, picked up a blitz to give Grant Stucker time to find Rashaun Greer for 15 yards, converted a third-and-1 carry, and galloped 17 yards on another tote...Dressed but did not play in loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24)...Returned to action as a spark off the bench in loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31); entered the game to begin CSU's third series and on the drive had six carries for 47 yards, including a 25-yard burst, to get the Rams back in the game; converted a pair of third-down carries on a third-quarter drive, and finished with 95 yards on 19 attempts...In loss at UNLV (Nov. 7), helped set up a game-tying TD with eight carries for 36 yards, including three first downs, on a second-quarter drive...Returned to action in 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), recording 119 yards on 20 carries; converted a trio of third-and-1 attempts, one in the first quarter on a 14-yard burst; then early in the second half helped to set up the go-ahead touchdown with consecutive carries of 19 (again on third-and-1) and 14 yards to the Cowboys' 10-yard line.

Junior College: Ranked by as the nation's third-best JC running back, at College of the Desert...A unanimous all-Southern California Football Conference selection, and all-California Region III...Rushed for a season-high 161 yards and four touchdowns vs. San Jacinto...Had a season-long rush of 64 yards and also caught a touchdown pass against Grossmont...Played his first season at Citrus College in Glendale, Calif., where he earned all-California Region III recognition after accumulating 1,273 yards and 11 touchdowns, as well as 249 receiving yards...Transferred to the College of the Desert prior to his sophomore year ...Also recruited by UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona and UTEP... Head coach was Dean Dowty.

High School: An all-CIF Southern Section choice as a senior at Alta Loma (Calif.) High School...Head coach was John Kusleika...Lettered three seasons for the Braves, earning team MVP honors as a senior.

Personal: Given name Leonard J. Mason...Born July 7, 1987...Son of Mysiha Mason...In February before the '10 season, devoted a night to prepare food and serve dinner to homeless individuals at the Open Door Mission in Old Town Fort Collins...Helped with organized sports for low-income students at a 2010 summer camp at Lincoln Middle School in Fort Collins...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

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