After each win, BulldogBlitz recognizes several players that had outstanding performances that played a major role in Mississippi State's win. Go inside to see who publisher Logan Lowery chose as the offensive, defensive, special teams, freshman and coach of the week were.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Wide Receiver Chad Bumphis
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Sophomore * 5-10 * 195 * Tupelo, Miss.
Receiving: nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Rushing: four carries for 38 yards Special Teams: three punt returns for 19 yards.
Logan's take: If it weren't for Bumphis' hot start Saturday the first half would have been a disaster. Bumphis, after having several drops the past few weeks, caught everything in sight including the laser Chris Relf threw him for his second touchdown. It was also encouraging to see the Bulldogs incorporate the wildcat package with Bumphis behind center. He did not throw the ball out of the wildcat but that could be an added dimension Dan Mullen will explore in the future with Bumphis' experience as a high school quarterback.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Linebacker Chris White
Senior * 6-4 * 245 * Vancleave, Miss.
Defense: Six tackles (three solo, six assists), 2.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one quarterback hurry.
Logan's take: White has certainly had higher tackle games than the half-dozen he recorded on Saturday but the 2.5 sacks he totaled in a single game were the most by a Bulldog in quite some time. White got good penetration every time he blitzed against Georgia but never could get his hands on Aaron Murray so it was good to see him be rewarded for all of his effort this past weekend against the Braves. White has been key to the MSU defense all season and has made the loss of Jamar Chaney a lot less painful.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Returner Leon Berry
Senior * 6-0 * 205 * Griffin, Ga.
Kickoff returns:three returns for 153 yards including a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.; Receiving: three catches for 97 yards.
Logan's take: After three frustrating weeks, Berry finally went off against Alcorn State. The kickoff return game has been bottled up for the most part all season but the blocking finally came through for Berry to find a seam. That was all it took as he galloped down the right sideline getting the final needed block from Chris Hughes to get into the end zone. Berry also had a big day receiving after being held out of that category recently. Hopefully this game will be the boost of confidence he needed to resume his role in the receiving corps as well.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK:
Running back LaDarius Perkins
Redshirt Freshman * 5-10 * 190 * Greenville, Miss.
Rushing: 10 carries for 48 yards and one touchdown
Logan's take: Perkins seems like he is on the verge of breaking a touchdown on nearly every carry he takes out of the backfield with his incredible speed. He seems to either be choosing the wrong cut or simply can't get that last block to free him up in the open field. Let's face it, Perkins is not designed to be a short yardage back so no matter what the rotation is, he needs to be subbed in that situation. But Perkins is no doubt a weapon who also took some snaps in the wildcat this past weekend. I would really love to see him get involved in the passing and return game to get him the ball out in space more.
COACH OF THE WEEK:
Passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Mark Hudspeth
Logan's take: Anytime you have two players hovering around the 100-yard plateau you have done a solid job. Hudspeth coached both Bumphis and Berry to solid afternoons and was able to get Sam Williams involved in the passing game for the first time. It would have been nice to get more of the younger receivers the ball on Saturday but due to the erratic way some of the series' went I can understand why they stuck with some of the veterans as long as they did. Hudspeth has had a difficult task working with the most youthful position task in his two seasons in Starkville but continues to develop some top notch players there.