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Mason Espinosa
No. 15 – Albany Empire
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Cookeville (TN)
College:Ohio Wesleyan
Undrafted:2014
Career history
* Erie Explosion (2015)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* Second Team All-NAL (2017)

Mason Espinosa is a professional American football quarterback for the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League (AFL). He has also played for the Erie Explosion and the Billings Wolves.[1][2][3] Espinosa played college football for Ohio Wesleyan University. He currently holds 17 individual Ohio Wesleyan records, as well as being the all-time North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) career leader in passing yards and total yards, while also setting a single season NCAC record for completions.[4]

He was also an assistant football coach at Granville, Ohio-based Denison University, for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.[5]

College career Edit

Espinosa played college football at Ohio Wesleyan University. He was a 4-time all NCAC selection, and was the NCAC Player of the Year in 2012. In addition he was named the ohiocollegefootball.com First-Team All-Ohio quarterback in 2012, and a Beyond Sports Network All-American that same year.[6][7] He was the MVP of the 2013 National Bowl Game.[8] In total, Espinosa finished as the record holder to 17 different records for Ohio Wesleyan, in addition to being the Conference's all-time record holder in career passing yards (11,069), total yards (10,839), and completions (1004), ranking him statistically among the best to have played Division III football.[9][10]

Professional career Edit

Upon graduation from Ohio Wesleyan, Espinosa was invited to attend rookie mini-camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[11][12][13] Shortly after, he was signed to the Erie Explosion of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) for the 2015 season.[1] In his rookie year, he was an Honorable Mention for Rookie of the year and was the Week 9 PIFL Offensive Player of the week.[14]

Espinosa started the 2016 season with the Columbus Lions of American Indoor Football.[15] In late March 2016, he signed with the Billings Wolves of the Indoor Football League (IFL).[16] He led the Wolves to their only playoff appearance and was the IFL's week 10 Offensive Player of the Week.[14][17]

For the 2017 season, Espinosa signed and played with the Columbus Lions of the NAL. He was voted 2nd team All-NAL and was 2-time NAL Player of the Week, while leading Columbus to the NAL championship game against the Jacksonville Sharks, where they lost 27–21.[18][19][20] He has re-signed with the Lions for 2018.[21]

On March 5, 2019, Espinosa was assigned to the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mason Espinosa ’14 Signs with Professional Indoor Football League". https://www.owu.edu/news-media/details/mason-espinosa-14-signs-with-professional-indoor-football-league/. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  2. "Mason Espinosa". http://goifl.com/sports/fball/2015-16/players/masonespinosax7a8. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  3. "Lions resign standout QB Mason Espinosa". http://www.nationalarenaleague.com/news-m/326-lions-resign-standout-qb-mason-espinosa.html. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  4. "2015 Defiance College Media Guide". https://issuu.com/defianceathletics/docs/2015fbmediaguidenoads_web/30. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  5. "Inside Athletics: Mason Espinosa". http://www.denisonbigred.com/information/directory/bios/espinosa_mason?view=bio. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  6. "Mason Espinosa". http://www.denisonbigred.com/information/directory/bios/espinosa_mason?view=bio. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  7. "Ohiocollegefootball.com All-Ohio DIII Teams". https://www.bluffton.edu/athletics/football/2012/ocfallohio.pdf. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  8. "Sherman Gains Red Nation MVP at National Bowl". goetbutigers.com. December 12, 2013. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171118004737/http://www.goetbutigers.com/news/2013/12/12/IMPORTED_STORY_823_131449534328098494.aspx?path=football. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  9. "Denison Coaches". http://www.denisonbigred.com/information/directory/bios/espinosa_mason?view=bio. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  10. "NCAC Football Records". http://www.northcoast.org/sports/fball/records#INDIV. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  11. "Bishops' Espinosa Invited to Pittsburgh Steelers' Camp". http://www.battlingbishops.com/news/2014/5/12/FB_05122014_2.aspx?path=football. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  12. "First test comes for Steelers rookies with team's three-day camp". http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/6101907-74/steelers-players-state. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  13. "NFL Competition Committee Needs To Change Minicamp Eligibility Rules". http://www.steelersdepot.com/2014/05/nfl-competition-committee-needs-change-minicamp-eligibility-rules/. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Billings Wolves' QB Mason Espinosa putting up eye-popping numbers". http://billingsgazette.com/billings-wolves-qb-mason-espinosa-putting-up-eye-popping-numbers/article_7ceddc46-d66d-5800-b831-23d45c3ea4a0.html. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  15. "Lions open season with dominating 86-0 win". wltz.com. March 21, 2016. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171118001518/http://www.wltz.com/2016/03/21/lions-open-season-with-dominating-86-0-win/. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  16. "Wolves sign Ohio Wesleyan quarterback". billingsgazette.com. March 31, 2016. http://billingsgazette.com/sports/football/professional/arena/wolves-sign-ohio-wesleyan-quarterback/article_2c3f1979-0ba0-564d-b71f-6a19fb0ed856.html. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  17. "Week 10 IFL Offensive Player of the Week". http://goifl.com/aotw/Espinosa_Mason. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  18. "Lions resign standout QB Mason Espinosa". http://www.columbuslions.net/news-m/665-lions-resign-standout-qb-mason-espinosa.html. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  19. "4 COLUMBUS LIONS NAMED TO ALL-NAL OFFENSIVE SQUAD". http://www.columbuslions.net/news-m/660-4-columbus-lions-named-to-all-nal-offensive-squad.html.
  20. "Lions Nation, I wanted to personally thank you for a great 2017 season". http://www.columbuslions.net/news-m/661-lions-nation-i-wanted-to-personally-thank-you-for-a-great-2017-season.html. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  21. "Lions resign standout QB Mason Espinosa". http://www.nationalarenaleague.com/news-m/326-lions-resign-standout-qb-mason-espinosa.html. Retrieved October 13, 2017.

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