Knee injuries befall two more ‘Dogs
BY GREGG ELLIS
STARKVILLE – Injuries continue to take their toll on Mississippi State.
In Saturday’s 35-3 win against Jacksonville State, fullback Bryson Davis and left tackle J.D. Hamilton left the game in the first half with knee injuries.
On Monday, Bulldogs coach Sylvester Croom said both will miss Saturday’s game at Georgia.
In fact, Davis underwent surgery Monday night to repair a torn meniscus. Athletic trainer Paul Mock was unsure how long Davis would be out.
Hamilton, a junior college transfer from Natchez who has started the last six games, strained the MCL in his left knee.
He was replaced by Mike Brown, a transfer from Florida who was declared eligible earlier in the week after receiving a hardship waiver.
“Mike did some good things,” Croom said. “He’s a natural pass protector. He still has work to do in the running game.”
n Defensive back and return specialists Derek Pegues was named the SEC’s special team’s player of the week.
The sophomore from Batesville returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown, the seventh longest in school history. He also intercepted a pass on the game’s first play and returned it 26 yards for the quick 7-0 lead.
Other league award winners included LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell (offense), Auburn end Quentin Groves (defense), Vanderbilt tackle Chris Williams (offensive line). Arkansas tackle Keith Jackson (defensive line) and Alabama linebacker Prince Hall (freshman).
No TV for Kentucky
n The kickoff for MSU’s Oct. 28 game at home against Kentucky was set Monday after the game wasn’t picked up for television. The game will start at 1:30 p.m.