January 28, 2009

Mason on campus and adjusting to CSU

Colorado State's newest running back has arrived at the Fort Collins campus. Junior College transfer Leonard Mason arrived on Wednesday and is in the process of finalizing his classes before beginning workouts with the team starting Wednesday. Despite some time getting used to the Colorado weather, he said he is adjusting well.

"It is different," Mason said. "It (the weather) could take a while to get used to coming from the desert to the snow. When I first got out here it was 70 degrees and I had my big old jacket on and they were making fun of me. The next day I left my jacket and it started snowing. Like I said, it will take some getting use to."

Mason, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back has signed his letter of intent at Colorado State and the Liberal Arts major has already enrolled in classes at CSU. Mason was the third-ranked junior college running back after a year that saw him ranked All-Conference and All-State. After high school he attended Citrus College in Glendale, Cal. for a year and led the team in rushing, while placing fifth in the nation on the ground with 1,200 yards and added another 250 in receiving yards. During Citrus' first day in pads of Mason's sophomore year he fractured his leg and decided to transfer. This season he rushed for over 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading College of the Desert to a 9-1 mark

Mason said he will start working out with the football team starting on Wednesday.

"I can't wait," Mason said about working out with the team. "I have been watching them, but to get out there will be different. It is a big change, but I have to step my game up even more on the field and the classroom."

Since his season ended last fall, Mason said he has added five pounds to his frame and is eager to show his new teammates what he can do. He is also continuing to get settled into Colorado, which included some visits to buy warm clothes.

"I bought a lot of stuff - probably more than enough," Mason said. "It was crazy. All-in-all, I think it was a good move and I am happy."

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