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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Mason could be big in special teams

By Chris Low

CLEMSON, S.C. -- I think special teams will play a big role in today's game, which could be good news for Auburn.

Auburn is the only team in the SEC to rank in the top five in the SEC in punting (fourth), kickoff return average (second) and kickoff coverage (second). Kicker Cody Parker leads the SEC with eight touchbacks.

True freshman Tre Mason has also been one of the hottest return men in college football. He's the first Auburn player to ever record consecutive games with at least 150 kickoff return yards.

It's almost kickoff time. The Clemson team has gathered at the top of the hill, and here they come.

Man, coach Dabo Swinney doesn't trot down that hill, either. He sprints.

Auburn's fans are here in force. In fact, there's more blue than orange in the upper deck on the north side.