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* 205 * Franklinton, La.
Rushing: 23 carries for 198 yards, two touchdowns Receiving: one catch for 11 yards
Logan’s take: Josh Robinson has played “Robin” to Dak Prescott’s “Batman” all season but he broke out of the shadow in a big way on Saturday. Robinson lived up to his “Bowling Ball” nickname with a career-high in carries and yards. His 22-yard run breaking tackles during the third quarter was a thing of beauty and something I haven’t seen since playing as Bo Jackson on the old “Tecmo Bowl” Nintendo game.
Defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls
Senior * 6-4 * 295 * Yazoo City, Miss.
Defense: five tackles (two solo, three assists), two tackles for loss, two sacks
Logan’s take: This real life hero isn’t the flashiest or most well known name on the Bulldogs defensive line but might be the most important. Kaleb Eulls is usually creating plays for his teammates by drawing double teams but against Kentucky it was he who was wreaking havoc. He set a personal best two sacks – the first of which he pulled down Patrick Towles with one arm.
Linebacker Christian Holmes
Senior * 6-1* 230 * Puckett, Miss.
Defense: five solo tackles, one tackle for loss Kickoff Return: one return for a 61-yard touchdown
Logan’s take: Christian Holmes not only finished third on the team in tackles against the Wildcats but also sealed the game in the fourth quarter on special teams. “Turtle” answered a touchdown that pulled UK within seven points by scooping up an onside kick and racing up the right sideline for the score with 2:22 to go. For a guy who debated whether or not return for his final season, that was a cool moment to witness for one of the most well-liked guys on the roster.
Wide receiver Gabe Myles
Redshirt freshman * 6-0 * 192 * Starkville, Miss.
Rushing: two carries for 12 yards Receiving: two catches for 14 yards
Logan’s take: Gabe Myles had started the previous two games due to Jameon Lews’ injury. With Lewis still not full speed, Myles filled in admirably once again. The freshman made a smart decision to turn the ball up field on an end around pass when nothing was open.
Logan’s take: David Turner returned to Kentucky where he has had two previous stints on the staff there. Turner’s defensive line left Lexington with five of the team’s seven sacks. Eulls had two while Preston Smith and Ryan Brown were responsible for 1.5 each. The Bulldogs will need another strong outing from Turner’s line against the physical rushing attack of Arkansas this week.