Green Wave receivers coach Darryl Mason begins his third season on the Tulane staff with nearly the same group he coached last season, although several redshirts from a year ago will join the active group.
2006 leading receiver Preston Brown enjoyed a break-out season a year ago. After entering the season without a career catch, he finished the year as a third-team All-Conference USA selection with 47 catches for 720 yards.
He returns for his senior year along with classmates Damarcus Davis, who leads all 2006 receivers in career catches, and Fred Smith, who missed the 2005 season with a knee injury.
Two years ago, Mason sent Roydell Williams, the Wave's all-time leader in touchdown catches and one of its top three receivers all-time, to the NFL. Williams was a fourth-round draft choice of the Tennessee Titans.
Prior to coming to Tulane, Mason completed his third stint at Northwestern State (La.) where he was the offensive coordinator and receivers' coach for two years, helping the Demons to the I-AA playoffs in 2002. His 2003 NSU offense broke the school and conference record for points in a season.
Mason also worked as receivers coach at Northwestern State from 1990-93 and again in 2000. The Demons boasted an all-Southland Conference receiver every year from 1990-92. He spent 2001 as receivers coach at UL-Monroe.
Mason coached receivers at East Tennessee State from 1995-98, where he helped the Buccaneers to the 1996 I-AA playoffs. His ETSU receivers set 12 school records and the Bucs' B.J. Adigun earned I-AA All-America honors in 1997.
The Little Rock, Ark., native has also coached receivers at Southwest Missouri State (1987-88) and Weber State (1989), tight ends at UNLV (1993), outside linebackers at Idaho State (1994) and was the offensive coordinator at Cheyney (1999).
A 1977 prep All-American who was named Arkansas' high school Athlete of the Year in 1978, Mason was a three-year starter at tight end for coach Lou Holtz at Arkansas from 1978-81. The Razorbacks made four straight bowl appearances during his career, including the 1979 Fiesta and 1980 Sugar bowls. He captained the Arkansas team as a senior, won the Gordon Campbell Senior Spirit Award, and was named All-Southwest Conference.
Following his college career, Mason played in the United States Football League for four seasons. He started for the Birmingham Stallions from 1983-85 with 132 passes for 1,300 yards.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Arkansas in 1982 and began his coaching career in 1984 on Holtz' staff at Minnesota while still playing in the USFL.
Mason is married to the former Denise Walker of Harvey, La. and the couple has four children.
Birthdate: October 27, 1960
Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Family: Wife, the former Denise Walker; Daughters Delicia (26), Molly (16); Sons Alex (23), Derrick (22).
Birmingham Stalions, USFL (1983-85)
Arizona Outlaws, USFL (1986)
|1995-98||East Tennessee State|
|1987-88||Southwest Missouri State|
1981 Gator - Player
1980 Sugar - Player
1980 Hall of Fame - Player
1979 Fiesta - Player
College: Arkansas, 1983
High School: Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview, 1978