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, freshman and coach of the week were.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Running back Josh Robinson
JUNIOR * 5-9* 205 * Franklinton, La.
Rushing: 19 carries for 64 yards, one touchdown Receiving: six catches for 110 yards
Logan’s take: Arkansas did a solid job bottling up Josh Robinson in the running game so the Bulldogs decided to get him the ball by throwing to him out of the backfield. Robinson had career-highs in catches and receiving yards. In fact, he only had 159 yards receiving on the year entering the game. His one-handed 47-yard grab in the first quarter was a thing of beauty.
Cornerback Will Redmond
Junior* 6-0 * 182 * Memphis, Tenn.
Defense: five tackles (three solo, two assists), one interception, one quarterback hurry
Logan’s take: Will Redmond was part of the once maligned secondary at State. Lately he’s been a big part of their success and has really stepped up his level of play. The old saying of ‘big time players step up in big time moments’ definitely applied Saturday night as Redmond leaped and his outstretched arms came down with an interception with in the end zone with 15 seconds left to seal the win for the Bulldogs.
Wide receiver Fred Ross
Sophomore * 6-2* 205 * Tyler, Texas
Rushing: one carry for seven yards Receiving: four catches for 107 yards, one touchdown Tackles: one solo tackle Punt return: three fair catches
Logan’s take: Fred Ross did a little bit of everything against Arkansas. Ross enjoyed his best receiving day including a career-long 69-yard touchdown. He also became a reliable set of hands as a punt returner hauling in three consecutive fair catches following Jamoral Graham’s muffed punt that let to the Razorbacks only touchdown. Ross broke his collarbone against Arkansas last year so I’d imagine he wanted to show out this time around.
Linebacker J.T. Gray
True freshman * 6-0 * 196 * Clarksdale, Miss.
Tackles: three tackles (one solo, two assists)
Logan’s take: J.T. Gray’s redshirt was pulled and he immediately made an impact on his first collegiate play making the tackle on the opening kickoff. Gray made another kickoff coverage tackle later in the contest although neither were recorded in the official statistics. Defensive coordinantor Geoff Collins has raved about how good Gray was all season long and we are finally getting to see a glimpse of his talent.
Defensive coordinator/ linebackers
Logan’s take: Geoff Collins’ defense had another solid showing on Saturday. His linebackers especially showed out recording 29 tackles among that group led by Matthew Wells’ team-high nine stops. Opposed against the largest offensive line in football and two powerful Arkansas running backs, the defense did an excellent job fitting their run gaps and keeping Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins hemmed up for the most part.