Ben Mason’s recent injury is quickly making him a fan favorite in Baltimore
Former Michigan’s Wolverine Ben Mason was a fan favorite for much of his Ann Arbor football career. Although things like the mohawk, the bloody face, and the “I just like hitting people” type quotes were more than enough for fans to gather behind him, his work ethic and willingness to do anything is to to win, what the people of Ann do Arbor really loved the man they call “Bank” most.
Unsurprisingly, Mason took all of these lovable traits with him to the NFL.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that Mason was missing out on Saturday’s rookie mini-camp practice session with the Baltimore Ravens for perhaps the best reason for Ben Mason. According to reports, Mason worked so hard during the Ravens’ previous training session that he literally ripped the skin off the bottom of his feet.
The news led to Mason’s teammate and current Baltimore Raven full-back Pat Ricard responding with the following tweet.
Mason was selected by the Raven’s in the fifth round of the NFL draft, and while impressing his teammates with his work ethic early on, the former Michigan battering ram has yet to officially sign with Baltimore.
You can view his full draft of the profile below.
selection: Baltimore Ravens – Rd. 5, Pk. 184
size: 6-3,254 pounds
• • Tackles: 3 – v Middle Tennessee St. (August 31, 2019)
• • Solos: 2 – v Penn State (November 3, 2018)
• • Asst: 2, 2x last against army (September 7, 2019)
• • TFLs: none
• • Bags: none
• • Int: none
• • FR: none
• • PBUs: none
• Tries: 6 – v Nebraska (September 22, 2018)
• Shipyards: 18 – v Nebraska (September 22, 2018)
• Touchdowns: 3 – v Nebraska (September 22, 2018)
• Long: 6 – 2x last against Maryland (October 6, 2018)
• Catches: 1, 3x – most recently in the state of Michigan (October 31, 2020)
• Shipyards: 15 – v Maryland (October 6, 2018)
• TDs: 1 – in Minnesota (October 24, 2020)
• Long: 15 – v Maryland (October 6, 2018)
• Two-time recipient of the team’s Toughest Player Award (2017, ’19)
• Appeared in 45 games of his career in Michigan with four starting tasks: one in defensive tackles and three in fullback
• Became the first Wolverine to score three touchdowns in the first half since Denard Robinson (vs. SDSU, 2011) against Nebraska (2018).
• Prior to the 2019 season, he moved from full-back to defensive line
• Four-year letter winner (2017-18-19-20)
• Three-time All-Big Ten Academic Awardee (2018-19-20)
• Member of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2021
• Elected team captain by his teammates (2020)
• Appeared in all six games as H-Back / Tight End and as a member of a special team; grabbed two passes for 17 yards with a touchdown to earn his fourth college letter
• All-Big Ten Academic Award Winner
• Shared attacking player of the week with three teammates for his performance against Minnesota
• Received an 8-yard touchdown pass while playing an H-back in Minnesota (Oct. 24) and helped block for multiple touchdowns
• Started in the back field and caught a nine-yard pass against Michigan State on October 31st.
• Contribution to special teams and off the field against Wisconsin (November 14th), Penn State (November 28th), Indiana (November 7th)
• Played H-Back Snapshots at Rutgers (November 21)
• Appeared in all 13 games with a start on the defensive line and switched to the offensive in October. made seven tackles and worked in special teams to help earn his third university letter
• All-Big Ten Academic Award Winner
• Started and made three stops in his first game along the defensive line against Middle Tennessee State (August 31)
• Support in two defensive battles against the army (September 7th)
• Assisted in four tackles in Wisconsin (September 21)
• Played along the defensive line and on special teams against Rutgers (September 28) and Iowa (October 5).
• Saw a target and blocked it for multiple touchdowns, played fullback and contributed to special teams in Illinois (October 12).
• Played fullback and specialty teams in Penn State (October 19).
• Solo stop against Notre Dame (October 26th)
• Played fullback in Maryland (November 2nd) and contributed to special teams
• Contribution as a defender, tight end and in special teams against Michigan (November 16)
• Played the fullback and assisted tackle in special teams against Alabama in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl (January 1).
• Appeared in all 13 games in fullback and special teams; recorded 33 rush attempts for 80 yards and seven touchdowns, caught a pass for 15 yards, and made five tackles to earn his second college letter
• All-Big Ten Academic Award Winner
• Recognized as Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Penn State
• Took the week’s big hit against Penn State
• Played fullback and contributed to special teams at Notre Dame (September 1) and against Western Michigan (September 8).
• Scored his first touchdown of the season in a one-yard fall against the SMU (September 15), finished the race with three transfers for six yards while also contributing to special teams
• Scored three touchdowns against Nebraska (Sept. 22) at a career high of six carry-best-carries (18 yards in total), which was also a career high
• Carried the ball twice for five yards while playing full-back and serving on special teams in the northwest (29 September).
• Carried the ball five times and caught it once for a total of 27 yards with a touchdown on the ground against Maryland (October 6th) and also assisted with a special team tackle
• Scored a touchdown on four runs totaling 15 meters in the state of Michigan (October 20).
• A total of four transfers for 10 yards against Penn State (November 3rd) and two tackles in special teams
• Carried the ball twice for two yards against Rutgers (November 10) and also played special teams
• Carried the ball twice for five yards, played fullback, and contributed to special teams against Indiana (Nov. 17).
• Carried the ball three times for a total of seven yards with a touchdown in the state of Ohio (Nov. 24).
• Earned two against Florida in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (December 29) and also contributed to special teams that assisted in a tackle
• Recipient of the team’s “Toughest Player” award
• Honored Co-Special Teams Player of the Game honors his role in defeating Minnesota
• Has played on special teams in all 13 games including nine fullbacks, two touchdowns with four rushing yards, and two solo tackles on special Teams and earns his first university letter
• He made his college debut against Florida in the Advocare Classic (September 2) and contributed to special teams
• Saw snapped at the full-back and as a special team against Cincinnati (September 9), Air Force (September 16), Purdue (September 23), Rutgers (October 28), Minnesota (November 4) and Maryland (November 11) )
• Contribution to special teams against Michigan State (October 7th) and against Penn State (October 21st)
• He made his first career special teams against Indiana (October 14)
• On his first career transport, he dove into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run in Wisconsin (November 18), where he also worked on special teams
• He started his first career against the state of Ohio on November 25, taking a two-yard carry while playing snaps in full-back and special teams
• Scored a touchdown on a one-yard dive at the Outback Bowl against South Carolina (Jan. 1) and also contributed to special teams