Blaine Gautier/Tyrann Mathieu Top LSWA All-Louisiana Team
UL quarterback Blaine Gautier and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu headline the 2011 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Team.
Gautier, who guided the Cajuns to a 9-4 record, and a victory in the New Orleans Bowl, was named the Offensive Player of the Year, after throwing for 2,958 yards, and 23 touchdowns this year, both school records.
Joining Gautier on the All-Louisiana first team is tight end Ladarius Green, who finished the season with 51 catches, for 606 yards, and eight touchdowns.
Louisiana also had six players tabbed to the All-Louisiana second team, including offensive lineman Leonardo Bates, receiver Javone Lawson, defensive lineman Bernard Smith, linebacker Lance Kelley, cornerback Dwight “Bill” Bentley and kicker Brett Baer.
Mathieu was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, after accumulating 71 tackles and two interceptions for the undefeated Tigers, who will be playing for the BCS title against Alabama on January 9.
Eight other LSU players join Mathieu on the first team, including offensive linemen Will Blackwell and Alex Hurst, receiver Reuben Randle, and running back Spencer Ware on offense, and defensive linemen Barkevious Mingo, and Sam Montogomery, along with defensive backs Morris Claiborne and Eric Reid on defense.
LSU's Brad Wing captured Freshman of the Year honors, while Tiger coach Les Miles was voted Coach of the Year, and Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton took home Newcomer of the Year honors.
LSWA ALL-LOUISIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Blaine Gautier, Louisiana-Lafayette
Voting - Gautier 15, Reuben Randle 7, Quinton Patton 4, Darnell Williams 2
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
Voting - Mathieu 24, Adrien Cole 2, Cliff Exama 1, Trent Mackey 1
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Brad Wing, LSU
Voting - Wing 18, Alonzo Harris 5, Robert Kelley 3, Jordan Wells 2
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
Voting - only nominee
COACH OF THE YEAR - Les Miles, LSU
Voting - Miles 16.5, Mark Hudspeth 9.5, Sonny Dykes 1, no vote 1
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL/Sanford Banks, Grambling/Jr./Columbus, Ga./First Team All-SWAC
OL/Will Blackwell, LSU/Sr./West Monroe, La./1st Team All-SEC; 2nd Team A-A
OL/Kris Cavitt, Louisiana Tech/Sr./Mansfield, Texas/First Team All-WAC
OL/Alex Hurst, LSU/Jr./Barlett, Tenn./First Team All-SEC
OL/Stephen Warner, Louisiana Tech/Jr./Ruston, La./First Team All-WAC
TE/LaDarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Pensacola, Fla./First Team All-SBC, 8 TDs
WR/Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech/Jr./LaVargne, Tenn./First Team All-WAC, 1,135 yds, 10 TDs
WR/Reuben Randle, LSU/Jr./Bastrop, La./First Team All-SEC, 904 yds, 8 TDs
RB/Orleans Darkwa, Tulane/So./Nashville, Tenn./Second Team All-C-USA, 924 yards, 13 TDs
RB/Spencer Ware, LSU/So./Cincinnati, Ohio/Second Team All-SEC, 700 yards, 8 TDs
QB/Blaine Gautier, Louisiana-Lafayette/So./Mabank, Texas/Second Team All-SBC; 2,488 yds, 20 TDs
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL/Matt Broha, Louisiana Tech/Sr./Baton Rouge/First Team All-WAC, 42 TT, 7.5 Sacks
DL/Ken Dorsey, ULM/Sr./New Orleans, La./First Team All-SBC, 49 TT, 13.5 TFL, 4.5 Sacks
DL/Barkevious Mingo, LSU/So./West Monroe, La./Second Team All-SEC, 41 TT, 8.0 Sacks
DL/Sam Montgomery, LSU/So./Greenwood, S.C./First Team All-SEC, First Team A-A, 9.0 Sacks
LB/Adrien Cole, Louisiana Tech/Sr./Mobile, Ala./WAC Defensive POY, 121 TT, 2 sacks, 1 Int (TD)
LB/Cliff Exama, Grambling State/Grad./N. Miami Beach, Fla./SWAC Defensive POY, 129 TT, 17 TFL
LB/Trent Mackey, Tulane/Jr./Port Sulphur, La./First Team All-C-USA, 145 TT, 4.5 sacks, 1 Int (TD)
DB/Malcolm Bronson, McNeese/Jr./Jasper, Texas/First Team All-SLC, 90 TT, 3 Int (1 TD)
DB/Morris Claiborne, LSU/Jr./Shreveport, La./Thorpe Award, First Team All-SEC, A-A, 6 Ints
DB/Tyrann Mathieu, LSU/So./New Orleans, La./Bednarik Award, Heisman Finalist, SEC Def. POY
DB/Eric Reid, LSU/So./Geismar, La./Second Team All-SEC, 65 TT, 2 Int.
FIRST TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
PK/Drew Alleman, LSU/Jr./Lafayette, La./Second Team All-SEC, 16-18 FGs, 62-of-63 PATs
P/Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech/Jr./Salem, Ore./Ray Guy Award, First Team All-WAC, 46.3 avg.
RS/Tyrann Mathieu, LSU/So./New Orleans, La./Heisman Finalist, 26 punt ret, 420 yds, 2 TD
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
OL - Leonardo Bates, Louisiana Lafayette (Jr., New Orleans, La.); Chris Faulk, LSU (So., Slidell, La.); Ben Feibel, Louisiana College (Sr., Shreveport, La.); Josh Penton, Southeastern La. (Sr., Spendora, Texas); Alec Savoie, McNeese (Jr. Lafayette, La.).
TE - Justin Aldredge, Northwestern State (Sr., Natchitoches, La.)
WR - Javone Lawson, Louisiana-Lafayette (Jr., New Orleans, La.); Mario Louis, Grambling (Sr., New Orleans, La.)
RB - Michael Ford, LSU (So. Leesville, La.); Dawrence Roberts, Grambling (So., Clearwater, Fla.)
QB - Kolton Browning, ULM
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL - Michael Brockers, LSU (So., Houston, Texas); Desmund Lighten, McNeese (Sr., Monroe, La.); Dezman Moses, Tulane (Sr., Willingboro, N.J.); Bernard Smith, Louisiana-Lafayette (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.).
LB - Ryan Baker, LSU (Sr., Grand Ridge, Fla.); Lance Kelley, Louisiana-Lafayette (Sr., Lafayette, La.); Derek Rose, Northwestern State (Jr., New Orleans, La.)
DB - Dwight "Bill" Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette (Sr., Pahokee, Fla.); Terry Carter, Louisiana Tech (Sr. West Monroe, La.); Bobby Felder, Nicholls State (Sr. McComb, Miss.); Darius Prelow, ULM (Sr., Shreveport, La.)
SECOND TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
K - Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette (Jr., Brandon, Miss.)
P - Brad Wing, LSU (Fr., Melbourne, Australia)
RS - Chika Madu, Nicholls (Sr., Norman, Okla.)
WR - Darnell Williams, Louisiana College (Sr., Gulfport, Miss.); LB - Jamie Payton, Southern (Sr., Baton Rouge, La.)