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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks Les Koenning
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.