Just as I do during the regular season, here are my players of the week from Mississippi State’s spring game this past weekend. The Maroon team edged their White counterparts 41-38 on a 28-yard field goal by Evan Sobiesk on the final play.
Wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson
Sophomore * 6-5 * 215 * Birmingham, Ala.
Receiving: four catches for 87 yards
Logan’s take: Wilson may not have reached the end zone himself but he certainly set his team up for several scores on Saturday. He was bothered by a groin injury during the final few weeks of basketball season and it lingered through some of spring football as well but you would have never guessed it by some of the circus catches he had during the spring game. Wilson was still raw as a true freshmen last fall but there was a reason I picked him as my sleeper signee in the class of 2013 in last year Lindy’s College Football preview issue. I expect ‘Bear’ to have a big year in the fall.
Defensive end A.J. Jefferson
Sophomore * 6-3 * 265 *Summit, Miss.
Defense: six tackles (two solo, four assists), three tackles for loss, one sack, one quarterback hurry
Logan’s take: Jefferson had some strong moments this spring but saved his best for the spring game. He made more tackles than any other defensive lineman on either team and his three stops in the backfield were also the most in the game. There were snaps to be earned for the future at defensive end and if Jefferson continues to perform at that level then he will see the field a lot this fall.
Wide receiver Fred Brown
Sophomore * 6-1 * 190 * Jackson, Miss.
Receiving: 10 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns
Logan’s take: Had it been a real game, Brown’s receiving yardage would have ranked as the second most in school history, 1-yard shy of Jameon Lewis’ single-game record set in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Brown did not receive a whole lot of attention during the recruiting process which could have been due to the offense he was in at Jim Hill. But I was impressed with how smooth he ran his routes during camps and combines in which I saw him and that has translated to the field in college. If he can keep himself from getting personal fouls for spiking the football after catches he’ll be a key contributor for the Bulldogs receiving corps.
Linebacker Beniquez Brown
Sophomore * 6-1 * 235 * Florence, Ala.
Defense: 10 tackles (three solo, seven assists)
Logan’s take: Brown made more tackles than anyone else in Saturday’s scrimmage. Am I surprised by this? Not at all. The former high school running back is very athletic and is always around the football which is something defensive coordinator Geoff Collins loves. Brown finished fourth in tackles among linebackers last season as a redshirt freshman and will see his role increased in the fall with the graduation of Deontae Skinner.