One of the top two way threats in the State of Oregon will be focused on his recruitment over the next few months and looking to find the right university to play at. Mason Finnerty (6-0 185 RB/CB) was a first team all league athlete on both sides of the ball in a very tough Three Rivers Conference. He rushed for 1450 yards and 16 Tds and was a lock down corner against the best receivers in the state. He was able to contain both Blake Dutton (Lakeridge) and Stevie Coury(Lake O) something no one else was able to do.
Finnerty was an all league kid as a sophomore and showed what he was capable of early on. His junior year was a bit rocky as he had to sit behind senior standout Keaton Hedman for most of the season. This past year Mason took advantage of a game plan that focused around him running the ball 25+times a contest. He went off against Lakeridge carrying the ball 37 times for 228 yards and 3 Tds, and also put the team on his back against cross town rival Oregon City scoring 3 more Touchdowns in a 28-27 victory.
Something that gives Mason a good chance at the next level is his testing. His all league accolades speak for themselves but schools want details. He ran a hand timed 4.38 (40 yard dash) during team camp which equates to a low 4.5 electronic time. This combined with his 37 inch vertical give him a legit shot to compete with kids at the highest level.
Finnerty projects as a D1aa-D2 kid depending on what position he plays. He understands that playing defensive back gives him the most opportunity moving forward. ” I just want to play college football at the highest level possible and I feel very comfortable at the corner position”, Finnerty says.
West Linn was ranked in the top 10 for the majority of the season, before getting upset by a (3-7) David Douglas team in the first round of the playoffs. ” We had a great year up to that point and the loss was actually really hard to take”. There was no way to justify losing that football game so its better not to even try, but Finnerty did what was asked of him scoring both of the West Linn Td’s that game.
” I feel very lucky to have the line that I did, they did a great job all year long”, Finnerty said. Mason will begin an intense personal training regimen in just a few days, and he plans on adding speed and size while gradually working on his quicks. Most importantly Finnerty understands that nothing is going to be given to him, and he will have to work very hard to earn a spot at the next level. His athletic ability is off the charts and his numbers speaks to his success. We look forward to covering the kid from West Linn, and we think he has the potential to do big things in the future.
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