MSU NOTEBOOK: Brown makes mark in spring game

8TB6_MSU_primary_logoBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Fred Brown’s team may have come three points shy of a victory but the rising sophomore wide receiver clearly came out of Mississippi State’s spring game a winner.

Brown caught five passes for 74 yards all of last season but hauled in 10 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s spring game.

“I’ve been taking advantage of my opportunities all spring,” Brown said. “I’ve been doing little stuff just to get me better. I just came out here ready to play and take advantage of my opportunity and have fun.”

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from Jim Hill High School in Jackson caught a 22-yard touchdown from Damian Williams in the second quarter and grabbed a 2-yard score from Williams in the third.

Nine of Brown’s receptions went for first downs including four for 30-plus yards.

Boobie strikes again

For the second straight spring game former Bulldog running back Anthony Dixon has recorded a touchdown reception.

Dixon, who signed with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason after four years with the San Francisco 49ers, caught a 65-yard score from Sam Cowart in the 2013 game and followed it up with a 60-yard score from Williams for the White team this spring.

“I saw him kind of hanging over there on the sideline,” said defensive end A.J. Jefferson. “It was just a matter of when it was going to happen. I looked up and Damian had thrown the ball as soon as it was snapped. I looked down the field and just saw (Dixon) running.”

Dixon was dressed in street clothes for both of his spring touchdowns.

Defensive leaders

Walk-ons Broderick Oliver and Kelan Chairs led the victorious Maroon team with seven tackles apiece while sophomore linebacker Beniquez Brown recorded 10 stops for the White team.

Jefferson and Trent Simpson had sacks for the Maroon team while Jordan Washington, Ryan Brown and Preston Smith had a sack each for the White.

Deontay Evans and Kivon Coman each had an interception off White walk-on quarterback Josiah Phillips.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com