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 Kentucky game.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior *6-2 * 230 * Haughton, La.
Passing: 25 of 35 for 348 yards, three touchdowns, one interceptions Rushing: 13 carries for 117 yards, three touchdowns
Logan’s take: Prescott may have thrown his first interception all season but Saturday night may have been the best overall game he has ever had. Prescott was protected in the pocket, went through his progressions and made the right reads. He also made sound decisions on when to run the ball as well. Prescott has come a long way in becoming a more complete quarterback since last season and is having an even better season than 2014 even though he isn’t getting the same sort of attention nationally.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior * 6-1 * 180* Morton, Miss.
Defense: three tackles (two solo, one assist), two interceptions
Logan’s take: Things certainly didn’t look good for Calhoun as trainers toted him off the field and him not putting any pressure on one of his legs. But Calhoun was not only able to return to the field a field a short time later but made two highlight reel interceptions to boot. Calhoun’s first pick was of the full extension one-handed variety and the second he leaped over the receiver, batted the ball in the air and then caught it before it hit the ground.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior * 5-8 * 165 * Tampa, Fla.
Rushing: six carries for 36 yards Receiving: five catches for 98 yards, one touchdown Special Teams: two kickoff returns for 38 yards
Logan’s take: Okay, so Holloway didn’t have that big a game on special teams this week but he certainly had an impact overall. The converted wide receiver who had a huge issue with drops early in his career certainly caught the ball well out of the backfield and made some huge plays on offense. Although small in size, Holloway plays big and his speed certainly requires respect from a defense or special teams unit trying to stop him.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman * 6-5 * 301 * Bessemer, Ala.
Defense: one interception
Logan’s take: Thomas was a highly-touted recruit whose best days of football still ahead of him. But every now and then you see flashes of talent from young players and Thomas’ was on full display when he picked off Drew Barker at the line of scrimmage. For a moment, I thought he was going to break it all the way and we would all be treated to a fat guy touchdown (which are always fun) but he was tripped up after 12 yards.
COACH OF THE WEEK
Logan’s take: Townsend lost his best cornerback Will Redmond this week to a torn ACL. That pressed the rest of the group forward against a talented passer like Patrick Towles. I obviously thought Taveze Calhoun played great but so did Tolando Cleveland, who started in Redmond’s stead. Jamoral Graham also made several good plays and Cedric Jiles was steady. If that group along with Chris Rayford can stay healthy, MSU may not have to burn a redshirt this late into the season.