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 Missouri game.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior *6-5 * 215 * Birmingham, Ala.
Receiving: four catches for 102 yards, two touchdowns
Logan’s take: Wilson only made four catches but he certainly made them count. Not only did “Bear” have two touchdown grabs but his 63-yard reception on 3rd-and-11 to start the second half with MSU clinging to a 14-13 lead was the biggest play of the ballgame in my opinion. Wilson’s star seems to shine brightest when he is needed the most, which has been a huge help to Dak Prescott and Co.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior * 6-6 * 308* Houston, Miss.
Defense: two solo tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one quarterback hurry
Logan’s take: Dan Mullen believes that last Thursday was Jones’ best game as a Bulldog. The good news for MSU fans is that there is still plenty of room for improvement too because he missed two other sacks than the one he made. Jones lived in the Tigers backfield all night pressuring Drew Lock and it’s absurd that he was only awarded one quarterback hurry and MSU just three as a team.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior * 6-2 * 207 * Tyler, Texas
Receiving: 11 catches for 115 yards, one touchdown Punt return: one return for 17 yards
Logan’s take: Ross only had the one punt return but I’m sure the Bulldogs will take 17 yards from him every time. He also had a strong night on the receiving end setting career highs in both receptions and yardage. Ross gives Dak Prescott the other wideout weapon he needs opposite De’Runnya Wilson which has led to big plays all season.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman * 6-4 * 243 * Greenville, Miss.
Defense: Three tackles (two solo, one assist), one tackle for loss, one interception
Logan’s take: Green continues to improve each week and has been as good as advertized in recruiting. He gives the defense the long, athletic linebacker they lost in Benardrick McKinney last year. Green made his first career interception after Torrey Dale tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage.
COACH OF THE WEEK
Logan’s take: Gonzales’ group had two receivers to eclipse the 100-yard plateau in De’Runnya Wilson and Fred Ross. In all, his wideouts accounted for 19 catches for 250 yards and four touchdowns. The receivers have been a strong suit for State all season but it has been a while since the unit has been fully healthy. Gabe Myles returned to action against Missouri for the first time in three games but Malik Dear missed the game due to injury.