Stepping Stones: Gary Mason

Stepping Stones: Gary Mason

Waxahachie LB Gary Mason has battled injuries the past two seasons and he hasn't been able to fully live up to his potential, but the 6'5 220 pound LB with 4.66 speed in the forty is finally healthy and looking to help the Indians improve on last year's 7-4 record.

Mason who missed his entire sophomore year with a torn ACL, played his entire junior season but he was never 100%.

Mason who boasts a 295 pound bench press and a 30 inch vertical leap is also an excellent basketball player earning all region honors as a junior as he has lettered since his freshman season for the Runnin' Indians basketball team. Gary was also a regional qualifier in track in the high jump.

"I think my biggest strength is my ability to keep contain and play the run, along with my combination of speed and size, this off-season I want to work on my reads and keep getting stronger," replied the Waxahachie LB when asked about his strengths and weaknesses.

Baylor despite the injuries has seen enough from Mason to already offer him a scholarship and Kansas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Texas and Iowa State have all shown interest in the Waxahachie LB.

Mason who plans on majoring in Business, says academics and campus atmosphere will play key roles in determining where he lands for college. However don't look for a rush decision from Gary, who says he won't make a decision on his future until after the 2007 season.

Waxahachie has a long tradition of playing great football, including winning a state title back in 1992 and Mason wants to bring that kind of winning back to Waxahachie. "I want to make a playoff run this year, we lost a close one in bi-district. Personally I just want to step up and be more of a leader this year."

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