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.
Center Ben Beckwith
Senior * 6-3 * 306 * Benton, Miss.
Logan’s take: I’ve been doing these weekly awards after every win for the last seven years and never has an offensive lineman been featured…until now. The job that Ben Beckwith did filling in at center for the suspended Dillon Day has to be acknowledged. There was no drop off whatsoever that I could tell. Throw in the fact that Beckwith is a former walk-on turned two year starter and you’ve really got something. He anchored a line that helped the Bulldogs amass 559 yards of offense including 289 on the ground.
Linebacker Richie Brown
Sophomore * 6-2 * 235 * Long Beach, Miss.
Defense: three tackles (two solo, one assist), three interceptions
Logan’s take: Richie Brown tied the school’s single-game interception record on Saturday picking off Kenny Hill three times. Brown was in the right place at the right time and even showed off some of his high school running back moves racking up 54 return yards. I joked with him after the game about fumbling on his interception during the Egg Bowl last year and he told me he was more focused on ball security this time around.
Punter Logan Cooke
True freshman * 6-5* 210 * Darbun, Miss.
Punts: four punts for 181 yards (45.2 avg.), one inside the 20 Kickoffs: eight kickoffs for 509 yards (63.6 avg.), three touchbacks
Logan’s take: What better place for Logan’s Heroes than well, Logan Cooke. The true freshman found out less than a minute before the opening kickoff that his redshirt would be pulled off and he was to handle punting and kickoff duties against the No. 6 team in the country. But Cooke appeared to be cool, calm and collected the entire game and got off some strong punts and kickoffs. In fact, his kickoffs were probably the best I have seen from an MSU kicker since Dan Mullen arrived. He has an incredibly strong leg and I expect we will see a lot more of it over the next few years.
Wide receiver Gabe Myles
Redshirt freshman * 6-0 * 192 * Starkville, Miss.
Receiving: three catches for 15 yards Rushing: two carries for 29 yards Passing: 1-of-1 for 11 yards
Logan’s take: Gabe Myles got his first start in place of the Bulldogs leading receiver Jameon Lewis, who did not play due to a leg injury. Myles filled in admiribly and almost got his first collegiate touchown on a couple of occasions but simply could not get those last few yards to reach the end zone. I was impressed with what I saw from this hometown product during the spring and expect him to be a star before his time is done. This is only the beginning for him.
Logan’s take: Dak Prescott played one of the most complete games of his career hitting on 19 of 25 passes for 259 yards, two touchdowns and rushing for three more scores. Brian Johnson has been a great addition to Mullen’s staff because it wasn’t that long ago that he was in the same shoes as Prescott. There are a lot of similarities between the two and Johnson is able to help keep Prescott grounded as the spotlight continues to shine brighter with each passing week. Mullen and Les Koenning deserve a lot of credit for developing Prescott early on but Johnson has taken that and ran with it since his hire earlier this year.