(Ramblinwreck.Com) Georgia Tech junior guard Shaquille Mason was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams announced Monday afternoon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
Mason was named first team All-ACC honors.
With Mason’s selection, Georgia Tech has been represented on the All-ACC first team for 18 consecutive seasons. This marks the seventh straight year that a Yellow Jacket offensive lineman has been named first team All-ACC.
Mason, who has started 25 consecutive games, was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week two times during the regular season. The Columbia (Tenn.) native helped the Georgia Tech offense rank sixth nationally in rushing offense, seventh in third-down percentage, 15th in fewest sacks allowed and 16th in red-zone offense.
Shaquille was a member of the 2010 TSSAA Class 5A State Championship Columbia Central Lions squad.
Georgia Tech now awaits its 17th consecutive postseason bowl bid, which is expected to be announced on Sunday. The Yellow Jackets concluded the regular season 7-5 overall, 5-3 in the ACC.
Shaq’s Bio from the Georgia Tech football website:
Emerging as one of the better offensive linemen in the ACC… has made an impact since he first stepped foot on campus… cracked the offensive line rotation in 2011 as a true freshman and started as a sophomore in 2012… has potential to be outstanding… was named after Shaquille O’Neal and got a chance to meet the former NBA star in December of 2012.
2012 (sophomore): Played in all 14 games and started 12 times… made his first start of the season Sept. 15 vs. Virginia at left guard and never relinquished that starting role… played a key role in Georgia Tech leading the ACC and ranking fourth nationally in rushing offense.
2011 (true freshman): Played in 11 games and started the Hyundai Sun Bowl when All-American Omoregie Uzzi sat out with an injury… ESPN.com named him to the ACC All-Bowl Team… helped Georgia Tech lead the ACC in rushing offense, total offense, scoring offense, fewest sacks allowed and third-down conversion percentage.
High School: Columbia Central HS… played four seasons for coach Vance Belew… served two years as team captain… helped Columbia Central to a runner-up finish in the Tennessee 5A playoffs in 2009 and a state championship in 2010… earned three stars from both Scout and Rivals… played left tackle and defensive tackle… named all-state and all-district in 2009 and 2010… selected to play in the Tennessee East-West All-Star Game.
Congratulations to Shaq! We wish him all the best!