Logan’s Heroes: Arkansas

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 Arkansas game.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

dak prescott mugQuarterback Dak Prescott

Senior *6-2 * 230 Haughton, La.

Passing: 38 of 50, 508 yards, five touchdowns, one interception Rushing: 15 carries, 46 yards, two touchdowns

Logan’s take: Prescott put on one of the best individual performances in SEC history Saturday accounting for 554 yards and seven touchdowns. He produced more yardage himself than any other SEC team did over the weekend. Prescott spread the ball around to nine different receivers in the game – four of which caught touchdowns. It was his calm demeanor and leadership that brought the Bulldogs back from a disastrous third quarter and was able to win in the fourth.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

chris jones mugDefensive tackle Chris Jones

Junior * 6-6 * 308* Houston, Miss.

Defense: three assisted tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry

Logan’s take: Jones has taken his game to another level in recent weeks and is creating havoc in opponents backfields. He was chasing Brandon Allen all over the field on Saturday, busting through Arkansas’ massive offensive line with ease. Jones was credited with the only quarterback hurry for either team on Saturday which makes me question the validity of the statistician.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

beniquez brown mugLinebacker Beniquez Brown

Junior * 6-1 * 238 Florence, Ala.

Defense: 12 tackles (six solo, six assists), 1.5 tackles for loss, one blocked field goal

Logan’s take: Brown not only led the team in tackles but made the biggest play of the season has he blocked a potential game-winning 29-yard field goal by Cole Hedlund with 39 seconds remaining. Brown busted through the line and knocked down the kick which preserved the Bulldogs’ victory. He very easily could have been the defensive player of the week as well helping keep Alex Collins in check in the run game.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

elgton jenkins mugOffensive tackle Elgton Jenkins

Redshirt freshman * 6-4 304 * Clarksdale, Miss.

Logan’s take: Jenkins has been a pleasant surprise all season not only filling in throughout the year along the line but also making spot starts when needed. That situation arose for the second time on Saturday as Justin Senior was hampered by an ankle sprain. Although Senior could have played, Jenkins filled in at right tackle for the entire game and played extremely well. Not only did it allow Senior to get healthier to return this week but it also gave Jenkins more experience heading into next year.

COACH OF THE WEEK

brian johnson mugBrian Johnson

Quarterbacks

Baytown, Texas

Logan’s take: With Prescott having a performance like none other in SEC history, it is only fitting that his position coach get some of the credit as well. Johnson is still not far removed from his playing days and has been able to relate to Prescott over the last two years which has really helped him both on and off the field. Johnson seems to be the perfect fit as Dan Mullen’s quarterbacks coach having been recruited and playing under him and passing along that knowledge to his signal callers.

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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