By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State senior left guard Gabe Jackson was named as the Offensive Lineman of the Week by the Southeastern Conference for his contributions in the Bulldogs 62-7 win over Troy.
Jackson did not have a missed assignment and was credited with five pancake blocks in helping MSU’s offense roll up 551 yards of offense.
“It felt a lot better because last year we went down to the wire (against Troy),” Jackson said. “We came out with a better start and on a better foot and put the game out of reach much sooner than we did last year.”
The 6-foot-4, 335-pounder from Amite County High School in Liberty started his 43rd consecutive game for the Bulldogs. That mark is tied for second among active major-college players and is one game behind Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
Jackson is considered by many analysts as the top offensive guard prospect in next year’s NFL Draft. He flirted with the idea of turning pro following just junior season but ultimately decided to return for his final fall.
“I met with my parents, coach (John) Hevesy and coach (Dan) Mullen and they put their input and what they thought about it,” Jackson said. “I’ve been with them for five years now so I trust whatever they say. I went ahead and made the decision and that’s the best thing I could have done.”
Senior quarterback Tyler Russell was cleared to play last Thursday but did not see action against Troy. Russell has not played in the Bulldogs last three games after suffering a second half concussion against Oklahoma State in week 1.
Mullen said he expected Russell to return as the starter in the Oct. 5 game against LSU.
Sophomore cornerback Taveze Calhoun also dressed but did not play on Saturday. Calhoun suffered a sprained ankle during Wednesday’s practice.