Gautier, who helped guide the Cajuns to their first bowl game and nine-win season in 40 years, was tabbed the 2011 state Offensive Player of the Year and first team honoree.
The Paulina, La. native broke both of Jake Delhomme’s single season records for passing touchdowns (23) and yards (2,958) in the Cajuns 32-30 win over San Diego State in R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Gautier threw for a career best 470 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
Joining Gautier on the All-Louisiana first team is tight end Ladarius Green. Green finished the season with 51 catches for 606 yards and eight touchdowns including 121 yards and a touchdown in the New Orleans Bowl. Green posted 22 receiving touchdowns as a Cajun, ranking second in school history behind Brandon Stokley.
The Ragin’ Cajuns also had six players tabbed to the All-Louisiana second team including offensive lineman Leonardo Bates, wide receiver Javone Lawson, defensive lineman Bernard Smith, linebacker Lance Kelley, cornerback Dwight “Bill” Bentley and kicker Brett Baer.
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/Second Team All-SEC, 700 yds, 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