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: 11 of 20 for 115 yards Rushing: nine carries for 29 yards, one touchdown
Logan’s take: Take nothing away from the job that true freshman Damian Williams did in his first start at quarterback but Mississippi State’s offense was limited with him at the helm. The offense went to a whole new level once Prescott entered the game on the second drive of the fourth quarter. It was a storybook type ending for Prescott who has been through so much over the last month with the loss of his mother Peggy to cancer and overcoming a serious nerve injury to his left arm. Prescott put the team on his shoulders and willed them to victory in overtime.
Cornerback Taveze Calhoun
Sophomore* 6-1 * 180 * Morton, Miss.
Defense: 11 tackles (nine solo, two assists), 0.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup
Logan’s take: Calhoun has come into his own over the final three games of the season and played with something to prove in the Egg Bowl. He had two interceptions against Alabama, picked off the final play in overtime against Arkansas and then led the Bulldogs in tackles against Ole Miss. Calhoun essentially shut down the Rebels top target in Donte Moncrief. Calhoun was one of the hidden gems that Dan Mullen and his staff have done so well at finding within the Magnolia State.
Punter Devon Bell
Sophomore * 6-2 * 195 * Vicksburg, Miss.
Punting: eight punts for 334 yards (41.8 avg.) Kickoffs: three kickoffs for 174 yards (58 avg.)
Logan’s take: Bell has had his share of ups and downs this year but ended the regular season on a positive note pinning five of his eight punts inside the red zone. His long during the Egg Bowl was 54-yards and he played a big part in the field position game for MSU all evening. Bell was originally recruited as just a punter and kickoff guy but possess a strong enough leg to kick field goals although accuracy has been an issue this season.
Linebacker Richie Brown
Redshirt freshman * 6-2 * 235 * Long Beach, Miss.
Defense: Seven tackles (three solo, four assists), one sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception
Logan’s take: Brown had a strong outing in his first Egg Bowl with a career-high in tackles and his first interception. He also had his second sack of the season as well and his first since Auburn in week three. Brown was also highly recruited by the Rebels so I would imagine there was some extra motivation for him in that game as well. Brown was a tackling machine in high school and will likely have the same reputation before his college career is complete as well.
Defensive coordinator/ linebackers
Logan’s take: Collins had an excellent game plan for the Egg Bowl keeping Ole Miss’ up-tempo offense out of rhythm all night. State forced four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) and limited the Rebels to just 318 yards and three points. Collins’ linebackers produced 35 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, a pass breakup and an interception.