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John Harbaugh: Ben Mason practiced so hard he tore skin off his feet

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 22 Nebraska at Michigan Photo by Lon Horwedel/ICON Sportswire

Former Michigan fullback Ben Mason was a one-man locomotive at times during his college career. Mason won Michigan’s Toughest Player Award in 2017, and 2019. Mason, now a rookie for the Baltimore Ravens, is already making impressions in camp due to his play and because of the reason he didn’t practice on Saturday.

Mason tore the skin off the bottom of his feet.

“Ben had trouble with his feet yesterday,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “Just a bad shoe situation and really had some legitimate problems in terms of tearing the skin off his feet. That’ll grow back quickly I’m sure, he’ll be okay. He goes hard — he went so hard yesterday he tore the skin off the bottom of his feet.”

“Just really kind of epitomizes what Ravens football is about - tough physical guy, our kind of football player,” General Manager Eric DeCosta said about Mason when they drafted him in the 5th Round of the NFL Draft this past month.

The Ravens have as run-heavy an offensive scheme as their is in the NFL and has had a prolific rushing attack the past two years to show games can be won the smashmout way. Mason fits this mold quite well, which is why Baltimore drafted him.

“I can tell you that he’s Jack and Jackie Harbaugh’s favorite player — but he does fit us, our style, who we are. I think it’s pretty easy for anybody that’s watched us play, and now that you’ve seen some clips on him, to understand how he’s going to fit into our offense,” Harbaugh said three weeks ago. “He’s just a perfect fit for what we’re trying to do in going forward and building what we’re building here on offense. I love his personality. I love who he is as a person. I love the way he plays. Jack Harbaugh likes him. Especially if Mama Harbaugh likes him, Jackie, then we like him.”