Logan’s heroes: Troy

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 and coach of the week were.

dak prescottOFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Quarterback Dak Prescott

Sophomore * 6-2 * 230 * Haughton, La.

Passing: 13 of 21 for 233 yards, one touchdown Rushing: five carries for 53 yards, two touchdowns Receiving: one catch for 36 yards, one touchdown

Logan’s take: Prescott continues to shine and has made the most of his opportunity to start the last three games. He fits Dan Mullen’s offense and adds a dynamic that Tyler Russell simply doesn’t have. Prescott has also made smart decisions with the football has proven to be just as dangerous with his arm as he is his legs. Whether Prescott is the starter moving forward remains to be seen but I’d imagine you will see plenty of him the rest of the year regardless.

 

 

jamerson love 3DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Cornerback Jamerson Love

Junior * 5-10 * 175 * Aberdeen, Miss.

Defense: one interception returned 70-yards for a touchdown; two pass deflections

Logan’s take: Love did not record a single tackle but his impact on defense was undeniable. He picked off Troy quarterback Corey Robinson on the game’s opening drive and returned it 70-yards for a touchdown setting the tone for the game. Love had been bothered by an ankle injury but looks to be back in top form. Having him healthy is a positive sign with the rash of injuries in the secondary.

 

 

 

richie brown 2SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Linebacker: Richie Brown

Redshirt freshman * 6-2 * 235 * Long Beach, Miss.

Defense: Four tackles (three solo, one assist), one fumble recovery

Logan’s take: With all the big offensive and defensive plays that were made Saturday night, Brown’s big play on special teams may have been overlooked by many fans. Troy had just scored pulling within 10-7 late in the first quarter. Jameon Lewis fumbled on the ensuing kickoff but Brown alertly fell on the ball at the MSU 25-yard line. Had he not been there, who knows how that game could have turned out if Troy had recovered and scored to go up 14-10.

 

 

fred rossFRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Wide receiver Fred Ross

True freshman * 6-2 * 205 * Tyler, Texas

Receiving: three catches for 35 yards

Logan’s take: Ross was tied for the team lead making three catches on Saturday. With such an influx of inexperienced receivers on the roster, it was good to see Ross step up and get a few more grabs under his belt. He was a big time pick up late in the recruiting process after being committed to Oklahoma State for nearly a year. Ross was not fully healthy coming into the season but should continue to get better on a weekly basis as his health and experience grows.

 

 

les koenningCOACH OF THE WEEK

Offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks Les Koenning

Houston, Texas

Logan’s take: Koenning had been under fire from fans for what many deemed a conservative approach on offense. Saturday night it was anything but. The Bulldogs rolled up 551 yards including 283 in the second quarter alone. MSU scored five touchdowns in the second quarter thanks in part to Koenning’s play calls for Prescott and Lewis. I ran into Koenning in the men’s room prior to the game and I asked him how it was going. He told me he’d let me know at halftime. Judging by the scoreboard, I think Koenning was doing just fine.

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.davis.52438174 Mike Davis

    Congrats to all of them.I was the main one wanting Les to resign.We supposed to beat OSU and Auburn.And we got plenty of weapons.

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