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: 16 of 21 for 193 yards, three touchdowns Rushing: six carries for 30 yards, one touchdown
Logan’s take: Dak Prescott stayed in the pocket for the most part and got his passing back on track after a three interception outing against Alabama. Prescott completed his first eight passes versus Vanderbilt and made smart decisions with the football. It was exactly the type of game he needed to get his confidence back heading into the Egg Bowl.
Linebacker Christian Holmes
Senior* 6-1 * 230 * Puckett, Miss.
Defense: seven tackles (four solo, three assists), one tackle for loss, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery for a 51-yard touchdown
Logan’s take: It would be hard to script a better senior day for Christian Holmes. “Turtle” scored his second touchdown of the season with a strip-six to start the second quarter. It’s good to see Holmes having success after making the decision to return for his final season.
Running back Ashton Shumpert
Sophomore * 6-2 * 218 * Fulton, Miss.
Rushing: 14 carries for 57 yards, one touchdown Receiving: one catch for seven yards Tackles: one solo tackle
Logan’s take: Ashton Shumpert has been solid on MSU’s SEC-leading kickoff team all season. Shumpert is the only offensive player tasked with kickoff coverage. He also got his first extensive time at running back and showed off the power running style he was so famous for in high school.
Linebacker J.T. Gray
True freshman * 6-0 * 196 * Clarksdale, Miss.
Tackles: three tackles (one solo, two assists), two quarterback hurries
Logan’s take: J.T. Gray has done a good job of making up for lost time after his redshirt was burned four games ago. Geoff Collins raved about how good Gray was and he is proving that each time he’s on the field. Gray didn’t get credit for a fumble he forced in the fourth quarter.
Defensive coordinator/ linebacker
Logan’s take: Geoff Collins’ defense posted its second shutout of the season and held a team out of the end zone for the third time this fall. The Bulldogs defense surrendered just 228 yards to Vanderbilt including only 49 yards rushing. State also forced three turnovers – one of which resulted in a touchdown by Christian Holmes.