BATON ROUGE – Football players from Louisiana, LSU and Louisiana Tech captured the most number of votes in their respective categories Monday in the weekly voting for Louisiana football Player of the Year honors.

Chris Masson of Louisiana quarterbacked the Cajuns to a 31-17 win over Troy on Saturday to win the Offensive award, while LSU’s Troy Mathieu continued to register turnovers from the offense and won the Defensive award for the fourth time this season as LSU defeated Florida, 41-11. Tech punter Ryan Allen was named the special teams player helping the Bulldogs to a win over Idaho.

Here are the capsules on this week’s winners:

OFFENSE: 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 upset of 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 (UL’s only loss is to No. 6 Oklahoma State).

DEFENSE: TYRANN MATHIEU – LSU – CB
Had 6 tackles, including one for a 7-yard loss, and an interception in LSU’s 41-11 win over Florida … Mathieu’s interception marked the third straight game (and the fourth time in six games) that he’s registered a turnover … For the year, Mathieu has forced 4 fumbles, recovered 3 fumbles, intercepted 2 passes and scored 2 TDs off of turnovers he’s forced … LSU held Florida to just 213 total yards, 200 yards below it season average … LSU held Florida to only 100 passing yards with 65 of those coming on one play.

SPECIAL TEAMS: RYAN ALLEN – LOUISIANA TECH
Ryan Allen punted 10 times and raged a career-high 48.0 yards per punt Saturday at Idaho as he booted six of his 10 punts inside the 20 and four of those six inside the 10 yard line. Only one of Allen’s punts went into the end zone for a touchback and Allen rounds out six weeks of play tied for the national lead with 20 punts inside the 20. Allen had two punts at Idaho go for 60 yards or more with six of his 10 punts sailing for 50 yards or more. Allen’s stellar punting ensured Idaho’s average starting field position in the game to be at their own 18-yard line.


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