After each win, Logan Lowery of the Daily Journal recognizes several players and a coach that had outstanding performances and played a major role in Mississippi State’s victory. Check out who his offensive, defensive, special teams and coach of the week were.
Running back Josh Robinson
Junior * 5-9 * 215 * Franklinton, La.
Rushing: 16 carries for 197 yards, one touchdownReceiving: one catch for four yards
Logan’s take: Josh Robinson was buzzing about the LSU game weeks ago and you could certainly tell just how much he wanted to win this game by the way he ran Saturday night. Robinson not only ran for an astounding 12.3 yards per carry against a defense that was coming off back-to-back shutout but he also did not lose yardage on any of his 16 attempts. He has separated himself from the rest of the backs on the team and has earned more of the workload moving forward.
Defensive end Preston Smith
Senior * 6-6 * 270 * Stone Mountain, Ga.
Defense: five tackles (two solo, three assists), two tackles for loss, one sack
Logan’s take: Preston Smith carried his dominance into SEC play and is proving to be the talented pass rusher the MSU coaches believed he would be when they played him as a true freshman in 2011. Smith’s numbers against LSU are good enough to earn his fourth straight SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. There was talk about Smith going to the NFL last year but he certainly made the right decision in returning and has helped out his draft stock tremendously.
Kicker Evan Sobiesk
Sophomore * 5-8* 188 * Hattiesburg, Miss.
Field goals: 2-of-2 Extra points: 4-of-4
Logan’s take: I have been critical on MSU’s kickers for quite some time but Evan Sobiesk has been solid for the Bulldogs the last two games. Sobiesk’s field goals were relatively easy from 27 and 28 yards but once you factor in that they came in one of the most hostile venues in college football it makes it that much more impressive. It was certainly a confidence boost for both Sobiesk and fans alike and will only benefit the Bulldogs moving forward.
Wide receiver Gabe Myles
Redshirt freshman * 6-0 * 192 * Starkville, Miss.
Receiving: four catches for 32 yards
Logan’s take: Exiting spring practice, there was no player I was more excited to see on the field for the first time than Gabe Myles. Myles made the switch to offense from the secondary and gives MSU a solid backup behind Jameon Lewis in the slot. I talked with Myles earlier in the week and he had a quiet confidence about him. Myles had a couple of catches coming into the LSU game for minimal yardage but hauled in career-best numbers in his first SEC road game.
Logan’s take: Usually I pick a coordinator in this spot but I cannot overlook the head coach this week. Dan Mullen earned his first signature win in a venue that Mississippi State has struggled mightily in historically and did so in convincing fashion. Mullen made some gutsy calls on offense throughout the game and trusted his team to execute. It took a while to build but after six years, Mullen has constructed a team with top-notch talent and depth across the board. He deserved a ton of credit for turning this program around and has it going in the right direction.