Logan’s heroes: Louisiana Tech

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 Louisiana Tech game.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

dak prescott mugQuarterback Dak Prescott

Senior *6-2 * 230 Haughton, La.

Passing: 30 of 43 for 347 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions Rushing: 10 carries for 34 yards, one touchdown

Logan’s take: Prescott didn’t have his best day throwing the ball and even left a few passes high that led to his receivers being hurt but Mississippi State may not have won on Saturday without him. Prescott simply willed his team back into the game after falling behind 14-0. He may not be getting the same national recognition that he did a year ago but Prescott is making better decisions with the football this season which is a big reason why he’s now thrown 274 straight passes without an interception.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

brandon bryant mugSafety Brandon Bryant

Redshirt Freshman * 5-11 * 205Tunica, Miss.

Defense: six solo tackles, one interception returned 73-yards for a touchdown

Logan’s take: Bryant had a hand in two of the biggest plays in Saturday’s ballgame. He not only fell on a blocked punt at the 2-yard line that led to the Bulldogs’ go-ahead touchdown just before halftime but also closed out the scoring with a 73-yard interception return off Jeff Driskel. On that interception, Bryant was able to show off his incredible speed which likely shut up some doubters about his 4.25 40 time.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

donald gray mugWide receiver Donald Gray

Sophomore * 5-10 193 Memphis, Tenn.

Receiving: one catch for four yards Special Teams: one blocked punt

Logan’s take: Gray has made several spectacular catches already this season but no play this season has been more clutch than his blocked punt on Saturday. With the game tied at 17 and just over a minute before halftime, Gray’s block set up a 2-yard go-ahead touchdown on the next play and gave MSU momentum heading into the locker room. In my opinion, it was the biggest play the Bulldogs have made so far this season.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

malik dear mugWide receiver Malik Dear

True freshman * 5-9 * 220 * Jackson, Miss.

Receiving: six catches for 70 yards Kickoff return: three returns for 56 yards Punt return: one return for seven yards

Logan’s take: Dear was vital for State’s receiving corps and special teams at a time when several players were on the sidelines out with injury. He stepped up and became a go-to threat in the passing game in the slot beside De’Runnya Wilson. It’s a shame his 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was called back for holding because it was certainly a fine effort on his part to break into the clear.

COACH OF THE WEEK

billy gonzales mugBilly Gonzales

Wide receivers

Thornton, Colo.

Logan’s take: Dan Mullen gave Billy Gonzales a lot of credit following Saturday’s game for the coaching job he did. Although the Bullldogs have had depth at receiver this year, it was put to the test on Saturday and thanks to Gonzales’ efforts thinking on his feet on the sidelines they were able to pass with flying colors. Gonzales was down as many as four receivers at one point against Louisiana Tech but moved some players around to get through the game and still had a fine day through the air.

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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