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 from the Auburn game.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior *6-2 * 230 * Haughton, La.
Passing: 29 of 41 for 270 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions Rushing: six carries for 14 yards
Logan’s take: There have been questions as to why Prescott isn’t running the ball as much but as well as the Bulldogs have been able to consistently move the chains through the air, he hasn’t had to. Sure, that element of his game is still there but he wore down during the final stretch of the season last year so the could be a positive sign with a daunting November schedule still ahead. Prescott has made much better decisions with the ball and hasn’t forced things which is why he has now thrown 191 consecutive passes without an interception.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior * 6-2 * 245* Long Beach, Miss.
Defense: 13 tackles (12 solo, one assist), three tackles for loss, two sacks
Logan’s take: Brown has been a tackling machine for the Bulldogs this season and was certainly in the right spot more often than not against Auburn. A dozen of Brown’s stops were on his own which speaks to the great job he does wrapping up and getting the defender to the ground, which has been a problem at times for some of his teammates. A lot was made about losing Benardrick McKinney a year early in the NFL Draft but knowing Brown’s pedigree from recruiting I felt like the defense would be in good hands with him taking over at middle linebacker.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore * 6-5 * 216 * Darbun, Miss.
Punting: five punts for 209 yards (41.8 avg), long of 54
Logan’s take: Cooke has an incredibly strong leg but isn’t always allowed to show it due to a short field and trying to pin the opposing offense deep, which he did to Auburn three times inside the red zone. Cooke was able to flip the field position several times throughout the game forcing freshman quarterback Sean White to have to make long drives to score touchdowns which proved to be more than he was ready for. It’s a shame that Cooke’s best punt of the night was called back due to an illegal formation.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman * 5-11 * 205 * Tunica, Miss.
Defense: five tackles (three solo, two assists), ½ tackle for loss, ½ sack, one pass deflection
Logan’s take: Bryant has filled in nicely as a backup safety for the Bulldogs during the first four games. He is the fastest player on the roster and has been using his size and exceptional speed to make plays on defense and special teams. Against Auburn, he combined with Beniquez Brown for his first career quarterback sack.
COACH OF THE WEEK
Defensive coordinator/ Linebackers
Logan’s take: Diaz’s bend but don’t break defensive philosophy was put to the test Saturday night against Auburn but ended up working to near perfection. The Bulldogs’ defense held the Tigers to without a touchdown for the first time ever under Gus Malzahn as either a head coach or offensive coordinator. Diaz’s position group also fared well combining for 34 tackles, 3 ½ sacks and two pass breakups with Richie Brown being named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.