By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen has put an emphasis on recruiting players from the Magnolia State since his arrival following the 2008 season.
Of the 125 players Mullen has signed during his five-year tenure, 80 have hailed from Mississippi programs.
That trend has continued for the 2014 class as well. 12 of the 18 players the Bulldogs currently have committed are from Mississippi.
However, Mullen feels that the outcome of this week’s Egg Bowl against in-state rival Ole Miss will have very little effect on the recruiting front.
“I don’t think it’s had that much of an impact,” Mullen said. “I haven’t seen it have a huge swing one way or the other whether you come out on top or not. We’ve won and got a lot of great players and lost and got a lot of great players. They’ve done the same – so to me, I don’t know that it really turns much.”
Mississippi State left guard Gabe Jackson was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the third time this season.
The senior is the only player in the league to win the award multiple times this year and the first Bulldog to do so since Derek Sherrod was honored four times during 2010.
Jackson graded out at 85-percent this past weekend against Arkansas with three pancake blocks. It was the lowest grade Jackson has received in his past three outings grading 89-percent with four pancakes against Texas A&M and 86-percent against top-ranked Alabama.
“I think I’ve performed pretty good this year but I can always be better,” Jackson said. “Every game I look at certain things I could have done better.”
The 6-foot-4, 340-pounder from Liberty was also named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performances against Troy and Kentucky.
Jackson was also nominated on Monday for the C Spire Conerly Trophy, given annually to the top college football player from Mississippi.
Perkins to play
Senior running back LaDarius Perkins is expected back this week.
Perkins left the Arkansas game after sustaining an injury to his ribs while leaping across the goal line on a 30-yard touchdown catch during the second quarter.
In three previous outings against Ole Miss, Perkins has totaled 466 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns.
Wide receiver Fred Ross saw his season come to an end Saturday after breaking his collarbone against Arkansas.
The true freshman has appeared in all 11 games this year, catching nine passes for 115 yards.