Mississippi State’s Preston Smith was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week following the Bulldogs 49-0 win against Southern Miss.
The senior defensive end recorded two tackles, an interception, broke up a pass and blocked a field goal that was returned 68-yards by Jay Hughes for a touchdown.
Smith’s efforts helped the Bulldogs record their first shutout since 1999 surrendering just 283 yards to the Golden Eagles.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder from Stone Mountain, Ga., is the first MSU defensive lineman to receive the honor since Fletcher Cox did it four times during the 2011 season.
MSU’s SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week
2005 – Willie Evans (Sept. 17)
2008 – Jessie Bowman (Sept. 15)
2009 – Pernell McPhee (Sept. 21, Nov. 28)
2011 – Fletcher Cox (Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 28)
2014 – Preston Smith (Sept. 1)