USA Today released its All-America teams on Thursday, including Georgia Tech senior Offensive Guard Shaquille Mason on its first team. He was one of two ACC players named to the first team offense (along with Florida State TE Nick O'Leary), and one of 5 ACC players on the first team overall (S Jalen Ramsey, S Gerod Holliman, K Roberto Aguayo).
Per the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, Mason became Georgia Tech's first first-team All-American since defensive end Derrick Morgan in 2009. He is the 60th first-team All-American in program history and the third under head coach Paul Johnson (Michael Johnson - 2008, Derrick Morgan - 2009).
Mason was the anchor of a very potent Georgia Tech rushing attack -- one that finished the top offense nationally in rushing yards per game against Power-5 competition, 18th nationally in points per game, and was #1 nationally in offensive efficiency. He was regularly the focus of the rushing attack in critical situations -- a player coaches could rely on to gain crucial yards to extend a drive.
UPDATE 12/16: Mason was also named to the third-team AP All-American team. Congrats Shaq!
UPDATE 12/17: Mason was also named to the second-team All-American team by the Football Writers Association of America.
Congratulations to Shaquille and his coaches on this prestigious award!