Logan’s heroes: Belk Bowl

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 N.C. State game.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

dak prescott mugQuarterback Dak Prescott

Senior *6-2 * 230 * Haughton, La.

Passing: 25 of 42, 380 yards, four touchdowns, one interception Rushing: 12 carries, 47 yards

Logan’s take: Prescott capped off an unbelievable career with one of his better games in the Belk Bowl. It was good to see someone who means as much as he does to the program be able to go out with a win and an MVP trophy on top of that. Prescott had a pretty good passing day despite constant rain throughout and his final 55-yard touchdown toss to Brandon Holloway was a thing of beauty.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

beniquez brown mugLinebacker Beniquez Brown

Junior * 6-1 238* Florence, Ala.

Defense: nine tackles (five solo, four assists), two tackles for loss, two sacks, two quarterback hurries

Logan’s take: A lot of players had good days defensively in the Belk Bowl but Brown was the man that led the team in tackles and sacks on the day. Brown had a great season overall with 99 stops, second most on the roster, and finished four sacks. He has been solid throughout his career and should give the Bulldogs one of the league’s best returning linebacker combinations next year along with Richie Brown.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

jamoral graham mugCornerback Jamoral Graham

Sophomore 5-10 173 Decatur, Miss.

Defense: two solo tackles

Logan’s take: Appearing in his first bowl game, Graham made a clutch play early in the contest that helped set the tone for the Bulldogs’ defensively. Graham downed a 42-yard punt by Logan Cooke inside the 1-yard line after MSU’s second offensive possession of the game. N.C. State answered with a nine-play drive but having to move the entire length of the field proved to be too much and Jacoby Brissett was picked off by Brandon Bryant on that drive.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

brandon bryant mugSafety Brandon Bryant

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

Defense: six tackles (four solo, two assists), one interception

Logan’s take: Bryant has a bright, bright future ahead of him and filled in admirably after Kendrick Market’s injury in Week 5. Bryant hauled in his team-leading third interception with a leaping one-handed grab off Jacoby Brissett on N.C. State’s second drive which set up a Bulldogs’ touchdown two plays later. It was good to see Bryant have a good game after losing his father in a motorcycle accident a few weeks prior to the bowl.

COACH OF THE WEEK

john hevesyJohn Hevesy

Co-offensive coordinator/ running game/ offensive line

Madison, Conn.

Logan’s take: Hevesy’s offensive line had been beleaguered most of the season with inexperience and injuries. The bowl game was not immune either with center Jamaal Clayborn going down during stretching of the first practice on-site in Charlotte. Hevesy had to shuffle his starting five with Justin Malone moving to center for the first time ever, Devon Desper shifting from right guard to left and redshirt freshman Deion Calhoun coming in at right guard. Hevesy made the makeshift line work, only allowing two pressures and one sack during the game while the offense racked up 569 yards and 51 points.

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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