Three Bulldogs to play in USA College Football Bowl

Mississippi State senior wide receiver Robert Johnson will play in the USA College Football Bowl today.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State senior wide receiver Robert Johnson will play in the USA College Football Bowl today. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Wide receiver Robert Johnson, tight end Brandon Hill and linebacker Christian Holmes will represent Mississippi State in the 21st annual USA College Football Bowl at 1 p.m. today at Newell Stadium in Jackson.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, started 27 of his 46 career games. He caught 69 passes for 822 yards and three touchdowns. As a senior, the Hattiesburg native hauled in 14 balls for 227 yards including a career-long 68-yard touchdown against UAB.

Hill played in 45 games and earned four starts. The former West Lowndes standout caught 11 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown during his career. As a senior, he caught three passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder is expected to play linebacker in the all-star game.

Holmes appeared in 52 games and drew one start. He recorded 100 career tackles including two for loss, three forced fumbles and returned a fumble 51-yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Puckett product finished third on the team with 60 tackles in 2014 and also returned an onside kick 61-yards for a score as a senior.

Brandon Hill is expected to play linebacker in the USA College Football Bowl.   (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Brandon Hill is expected to play linebacker in the USA College Football Bowl. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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