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.
Quarterback Dak Prescott
Junior *6-2* 230 * Haughton, La.
Passing: 14 of 23 for 206 yards, two touchdowns Rushing: six carries for 54 yards, one touchdown
Logan’s take: Dak Prescott did exactly what he needed to do Saturday and then turned things over to back-up Damian Williams. Prescott did not run much (which I’m sure was part of the game plan) but he proved he was more than capable of doing so on his injured foot on his 48-yard touchdown scramble. As for passing, his 55-yard scoring strike to Joe Morrow was a thing of beauty.
Defensive end Ryan Brown
Junior* 6-6 * 262 * New Orleans, La.
Defense: five tackles (one solo, four assists), one tackle for loss, one sack, two quarterback hurries
Logan’s take: Ryan Brown had never met Dylan Favre during his time at MSU but certainly introduced himself on Saturday. Brown sacked Favre on a third down play in the second quarter for a loss of seven yards. He continued to terrorize him throughout the time he was in the game. Brown sometimes gets overshadowed by the season Preston Smith is having but he’s definitely had a good year in his own right.
Punter Devon Bell
Junior * 6-2* 185 * Vicksburg, Miss.
Punting: three punts for 131 yards (43.7 avg.), Long 51 Passing: 1 of 1, 10 yards
Logan’s take: Devon Bell has been solid punting the football since his return from a groin injury that cost him the Texas A&M and Auburn games. Bell pinned one of his three punts Saturday at the 5-yard line. He also did his best jump shot impression, converting a fourth-down fake punt pass to Tolando Cleveland for 10 yards. The Bulldogs eventually got a field out of that drive.
Wide receiver Jamoral Graham
True freshman * 5-10 * 170 * Decatur, Miss.
Receiving: one catch for 44 yards, one touchdown
Logan’s take: Jamoral Graham had been under much scrutiny entering the game having muffed punts in four consecutive games. But the freshman got a chance to redeem himself somewhat by making a fair catch in the third quarter. Graham also hauled in his first touchdown on a 44-yard pass from Damian Williams to wrap up the scoring for State.
Passing game coordinator/ Wide receivers
Logan’s take: The Bulldogs’ top receiver De’Runnya Wilson did not have a catch Saturday but six others did. Billy Gonzales’ group accounted for 12 receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday. Fred Brown, Joe Morrow and Jamoral Graham all had scoring grabs while Gabe Myles led the unit with five catches for 54 yards.