|Martin: Louisiana's top collegiate gridiron stars|
They are household names, or will be this year. When the All-Louisiana Football team comes out around Christmas, there are sure to be a number of LSU players dominating the team.
Barring injury, you can pencil in senior tackle Alex Hurst, running backs Spencer Ware and Kenny Hilliard, junior Chris Faulk, junior defensive players Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, Tyrann Mathieu and Eric Reid. Other possibilities are Zach Mettenberger, Michael Ford, Jeremy Hill, Brad Wing, Bennie Logan, Kevin Minter, Drew Alleman, Jarvis Landry, Tharold Simon, Jeremy Hill and Russell Shepard.
But there are a number of deserving guys around the state. Wing would be considered a gimmee by a lot of folks except for Ryan Allen at Louisiana Tech.
As a redshirt junior last season, Allen led the nation with 39 punts inside the 20 with only five touchbacks while averaging 46.1 yards per punt, another school record. Allen pegged 29 punts over 50 yards and sent an amazing 22 punts inside the 20 on the season.
After being named All-America by multiple publications, Allen was awarded the Ray Guy Award and named first team All-WAC and All-Louisiana. Allen became the first punter from a non-BCS school to win the Ray Guy Award and the only non-BCS player to win a national award in 2011.
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