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Troy Mason
Troy Mason

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bastrop, LA

High School:
Bastrop

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 170

Position:
Wide Receiver

Birthdate:
03/17/1980

Experience:
3L


*2002 Preseason Second Team All-MWC*
*2001 UNLV Special Teams MVP*

UNLV: One of the nation?s top kick returners comes back for his final season sitting in second place in career punt return average at UNLV (14.8) ... Looks to once again earn a starting spot at receiver this fall as well ... Hails from the same high school as former UNLV All-WAC DE Talance Sawyer, who started last fall for the Minnesota Vikings ... Tabbed preseason second team All-MWC by Phil Steele?s ...

2001: Tabbed preseason honorable mention All-America as a punt returner by Phil Steele?s as well as a first team all-league returner by Athlon and Street & Smith?s ... Voted honorable mention All-MWC as a punt returner by league?s coaches and media ... Named UNLV Special Teams MVP at team?s annual awards banquet ... Finished second in the MWC and 15th in nation with a 12.9 average on punt returns ... Also returned 11 kickoffs for a 21.2 average ... Finished second on team with 19 receptions for 335 yards despite missing 1.5 games with injuries ... Posted his third career 100-yard game with seven grabs for 106 yards vs. Northwestern ... Named MWC Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 15 after taking two SDSU punts more than 50 yards, including a 52-yarder for a score as the first half ended ...

2000: Voted first team all-conference by the media as a punt returner ... Started all 13 games at receiver ... Team?s second-leading ball catcher, finishing with 27 catches (19 more than No. 3 receiver) for 492 yards ... Led team with 18.2 yards-per-catch average ... Also added three catches for 89 yards in Las Vegas Bowl, including a stunning 54-yard TD hookup with QB Jason Thomas that gave UNLV a third-quarter lead it would not relinquish ... Earned first career TD with 23-yard score thrown by Thomas at Colorado State ... Set Las Vegas Bowl record with five punt returns for 51 yards, including a long of 24, and added two kickoff returns in the 31-14 win as well ... Second on squad with two 100-yard games, which came back to back at BYU (5-102) and vs. Air Force (4-122) ... Had dazzling 49-yard catch vs. Cougars and another jaw-dropping 54-yard reception vs. Falcons ... Caught a pass in all but two games (UNT and Ole Miss) ... Finished ranked seventh in nation in punt returns with a 16.4-yard average ... Named the MWC Special Teams Player of the Week after ripping off an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown to spark UNLV to 18-14 win over New Mexico ... That return was the second-longest in school and league history ... Also led squad in kickoff returns with 15 for an average of 17.5 per attempt with a long of 34 ... Ranked second on team and seventh in conference in all-purpose yardage with 94.3-yard average ...

1999: Earned his first letter after playing in all 11 games ... Caught two passes for 12 yards in rookie campaign ... Returned 15 kickoffs for an average of 23.1 and a long of 46 ...

1998: Redshirted ?

HIGH SCHOOL: A 1998 graduate of Bastrop HS ... A three-year letterman who was named first team all-district and All-Northern Louisiana ... Hauled in 26 passes for 533 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... Added two scores off punt returns ... Also played three years as a point guard for the Rams and ran the 100m and 200m events for the track team ... Top time of 10.6 in the 100m ...

PERSONAL: Troy Dewaine Mason was born on March 17, 1980 ... The son of Mavis Hawkins and stepfather Mizell Hawkins ... Majoring in communications.

MASON?S RECEIVING STATS
YEAR	REC	YDS	AVG	TD	LG
2001	19	335	17.6	2	41
2000	27	492	18.2	1	54
1999	2	12	6.0	0	7
TOTAL	48	839	17.5	3	54

MASON?S PUNT RETURN STATS YEAR ATT YDS AVG TD LG 2001 21 271 12.9 0 31 2000 23 378 16.4 1 84 TOTAL 44 649 14.8 1 84

MASON?S KICKOFF RETURN STATS YEAR ATT YDS AVG TD LG 2001 11 233 21.2 0 31 2000 15 262 17.5 0 34 1999 15 347 23.1 0 46 TOTAL 41 842 20.5 0 46

MASON?S TOP RECEIVING PERFORMANCES YEAR OPPONENT REC YDS TD 2001 NORTHWESTERN 7 106 0 2000 at BYU 5 102 0 2000 AIR FORCE 4 122 0 2001 at Arizona 4 87 0 2000 at SDSU 4 53 0 2000 at Utah 4 26 0 2000 ARKANSAS 3 89 1

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