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Masson Ready to Lead Cajun Offense
Cajun Redzone Publisher
Posted Aug 16, 2010
Junior Chris Masson is coming off a solid first season as the Cajun starter at the quarterback position. All Masson did in his first year behind center is pass for 2,406 yards; what does the 2010 season hold for Miami, Fla. native?
The Cajun offense opened the 2009 season at LSU with a few questions to be answered at the quarterback position. Sophomore’s
battled each other out for the starting position in the fall, with Masson getting the nod as the starter come opening week. But questions remained about Masson from the fans and some of his teammates about his leadership and toughness on the field. Masson went on to have a solid season passing for 2,406 yards on 222 completions, leading the Cajuns to the 49th best passing offense in college football during the 2009 season.
Masson- “Last season was a growing experience for me and the offense. We ended the season with some things that we needed to improve on, but when we were healthy things really started to come together for the passing game. Of course we wanted to run the ball more, but with the injuries to Andrea Sails, Shankle and Booker, we had to pass the ball when defenses crowded the box on us.”
With the injuries at the running back position, the quarterback was asked to pick up some of the slack, but some questioned Masson’s decision making in executing the “Zone Read Option”,
Masson- “Yea, I heard some of those things during the season. I think some people don’t realize the speed of the game on the field; you have a split second to make the read and get it right. Your read is not always the same either, depending on what the defense is showing you or disguising. Coordinators change the way they defend the “Zone Read” and try to disguise it with using ends and then assigning a linebacker or safety to you. Then there are times we call to run it to set up another play, but fans don’t know it. They just see the play run and the defense stop it, assuming the wrong read was made.”
What improvements are needed for the offense to be more balanced in 2010?
Masson- “Obviously we need to run the ball more and become more balanced on offense to be successful. Ideally, we would like to be closer to a 50/50 or 60/40 in the run/pass ratio. But we are going to go with whatever is working on any given night, if that means throwing the ball, then we want to execute in the passing game. Whatever it takes to win, we are going to ride the hot hand.”
How will having Marlin Miller back at wide receiver fulltime help the Cajun offense?
Masson- “Moving Marlin back to the outside will allow us to stretch the field more and throw the ball downfield. Having Ladarius and Marlin stretch the field, will open up options for the underneath stuff to the backs and slots. Marlin is a big play guy and not having him out their hurt our offense when trying to stretch the field on the defense.”
What are Masson’s expectations for the 2010 football season?
Masson- “My goals are the same as the rest of the team, to win the Sun Belt Conference championship and go to a bowl game. Anything short of achieving those two goals would be a disappointment to this team. Now obviously there are certain things the offense needs to do to attain those goals, like running the ball and becoming more efficient on third down. I think if we can run the ball effectively, then the offense will move the chains consistently.”
Besides playing at home in front of the fans and students, what is Chris’s favorite road trip in the Sun Belt Conference?
Masson- “Going back home to Miami, that is my favorite road trip every season. With the way the conference schedule works out, we return to FIU or FAU every year, so my family can come out and watch me play at least once a year. It’s great to get back home and see everyone at the game to see me play. I look forward to that trip every season and hopefully the results we be different this season.”
With the return of Chris Masson for his second season behind center, the Cajun’s offense is already ahead of last years at this time.
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