For the fourth straight week, a Cajuns football player has received weekly SBC honors. UL's senior quarterback Chris Masson was named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Masson stepped in for an injured Blaine Gautier on the first series of the game and led the Cajuns to a 31-17 win over Troy.
Sun Belt Conference
Offensive Player of the Week: Chris Masson (Louisiana, QB)
Quarterback Chris Masson, who lost his starting job to Blaine Gautier and hadn’t attempted more than 13 passes in a game this season, stepped in for an injured Gautier on the first series of the game and led the Cajuns to a 31-17 win over Troy. Masson finished the night 21-of-29 passing (72.4%) for 211 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions. Masson’s first TD pass came on his first pass of the game – a fourth-and-goal play from the Trojans’ one-yard line. Leading 7-3 in the second quarter, Masson directed a six-play, 79-yard scoring drive which culminated in a 26-yard touchdown pass. The Cajuns have now won five consecutive games and have tied the SBC record for best start to begin a season (The Cajun’s only loss is to No. 6 Oklahoma State).
Defensive Player of the Week: Kelcie McCray (Arkansas State, Sr., DB)
Senior Safety Kelcie McCray recorded two interceptions against ULM to help lead the Red Wolves to their 24-19 victory Saturday. McCray’s two interceptions were a career high and is tied for the second-most in the nation this season. He returned his second pickoff 51 yards to set up an ASU touchdown. He also had a pass breakup in the game, a tackle-for-loss and six tackles. Saturday was the fourth time this season he has posted five or more tackles in a game and he is second overall on the team with 38 tackles on the year.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Don Jones (Arkansas State, Jr., DB)
Junior Don Jones sparked ASU to it’s second-half rally at ULM when he blocked a Warhawk punt and returned it 25 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter. Jones’ block and touchdown erased a three-point deficit for the Red Wolves and gave ASU a 17-13 lead that it would not relinquish. Jones also recorded a career-high six tackles on defense which included one tackle-for-loss.
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