Members of the 52-player team to be on hand for 2013 home finale on Saturday against UTEP
2002 (through regular season): Earned second team All-America honors from cnnsi.com as well as first team all-conference accolades. Impact player on defense (as a cornerback), special teams (as a kick and punt returner) and now offense (lined up at wide out and scored a TD versus Southern Miss). Ranks second in the country with eight interceptions, first in passes defensed (28), and is in the Top 22 in the nation in both punt returns (13.3 yard average) and kickoff returns (24.75 yard average). In the last NCAA Defensive report, led the country in passes defended (INTs + PBUs) and now has 28 this year with at least one PBU in 10 games this year, including a career-high five versus UL-Monroe (10/5), and three against Southern Miss (11/23). Has scored six career TDs: on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble return, two interception returns and now a rush. It's a feat no other Division I-A player can match. Showed his incredible athletic abilities when, on the first offensive play OF HIS CAREER, ran 16 yards for a score on an end around to surprise Southern Miss and give Tulane a 7-0 lead on the way to a 31-10 win. That score was his third TD of the season after reaching the end zone on a 42-yard onside kickoff return versus Houston (9/7) and a 62-yard interception return against UL-Monroe. Has made a career-high 62 tackles, 46 solo, in 2002 with two forced fumbles and 20 pass break-ups. Set Tulane career and single season records for PBUs versus TCU (11/9) and has 48 for his career. Ranks second in career INTs at Tulane with 14 and is now tied for second all-time in C-USA in pickoffs while his eight INTs this year are third all-time at TU. Ran a punt back 57 yards versus UAB (10/19), then as he was being tackled, lateralled to Gerald Brobbey, who scored. Has returned 24 punts for 320 yards for a career-high 13.3-yard average; had a 26-yard effort versus Texas (9/28), a 35-yard return against Cincinnati (10/12), a 44-yard return against ECU (9/14)0 in addition to the 57-yarder.
2001: Started all 12 games at the right corner. Led Tulane with three interceptions and 14 pass deflections (fourth in C-USA). Ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 59, 43 solos. Interceptions came against Southern (9/29), TCU (10/13) and Navy (11/10). His Navy interception was followed by a spectacular 48-yard return for a touchdown. Also broke up three passes and had five tackles in that game. Had an INT and 22-yard return in the TCU game. Scored Tulane's first punt return touchdown since 1988 on a 64-yard return against Southern. Returned four punts for 55 yards at Navy, including a 33-yard runback. Averaged 7.0 yards per punt return and returned 17 kickoffs for 374 yards, a team-leading 22.0-yard average. Recorded Tulane's longest kickoff return since 1997 with a 59-yarder in the UCF game (9/22). Had a 50-yard return versus Cincinnati (10/6). Made a season-high eight tackles versus BYU (8/25). Contributed seven solo stops at LSU (9/1), breaking up a team-high three passes, including one at the goal line.
2000: Second team All-Conference USA choice at cornerback by The Sporting News. Named to the C-USA All-Freshman team and the All-Louisiana Second Team. Led Tulane in interceptions with three and in pass break-ups with 14 (third in Conference USA). Registered 44 tackles, including 35 solos, to rank seventh on the team. Snagged a pair of interceptions against Cincinnati (9/30) and one versus Army (10/21). Named the team's Defensive Player of the Week for the Cincinnati performance. Scored the Green Wave's first defensive touchdown of the year on a 23-yard fumble recovery in the Navy game (11/11). Joined the team late in preseason practice and did not move into the starting line-up until the fifth game. Best game came against Navy (11/11) with four pass break-ups, seven tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries. Also had a pair of kickoff returns for 31 yards and one punt return.
HIGH SCHOOL: A USA Today honorable mention All-America choice. Tabbed as all-state both as a quarterback and as a special teams player (return specialist). Earned Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year honors. Named the New Orleans Player of the Year by the Sugar Bowl after leading Carver to the Class 4A quarterfinals. A two-time All-Metro selection. Played four different positions as a prep star. Passed for 2,300 yards and 34 TDs while rushing for 270 yards and eight scores as a senior. Earned All-Metro Large School MVP honors as a junior by combining for more than 2,200 total yards and 31 TDs. Played for Coach Jack Phillips. Chose Tulane over Clemson, Georgia and Ole Miss.
PERSONAL: Born April 8, 1982 in New Orleans. The son of Judy and Russell Mason. Majoring in social sciences.
Elpheage'ss Career Defensive Stats