MSU's Jenkins honored by SEC


Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) celebrates a touchdown with center Elgton Jenkins (74) last Saturday.

By: 
JOEL COLEMAN
Staff Writer

Mississippi State’s impressive 56-10 win over Louisiana on Saturday has netted one Bulldog a Southeastern Conference award.

MSU center Elgton Jenkins was announced as the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week the league announced on Monday. Jenkins was critical to a Bulldog offensive attack that racked up 607 yards of total offense last Saturday including 331 yards on the ground.

“He’s doing awesome for us obviously,” Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead said of Jenkins during his weekly press conference Monday. “The center is kind of the eyes and ears and brains of the operation, making all the calls and making sure everybody is on the same page. He’s a guy with a lot of skill and a lot of intelligence. He’s very physical and very athletic. We’re certainly pleased with how Elgton has been playing.”

Jenkins has been a force up front all year for the Bulldogs. Through the first three games, according to Pro Football Focus, Jenkins has allowed only one quarterback hurry this entire season on 84 total pass blocks.
Jenkins will look to keep up his impressive season on Saturday when Mississippi State opens SEC play at Kentucky. The game is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by ESPN2.

Coaching staff awards

Several other Bulldogs earned internal accolades as the coaching staff selected its weekly team award winners. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was chosen the team’s offensive player of the week, while safety Johnathan Abram was picked as the defensive player of the week. West Point native Marcus Murphy was selected the special teams player of the week.

Wide receiver Travis O’Connor was the scout team offensive player of the week while the defensive scout team honor went to linebacker R.J. Jennings. Taury Dixon was the scout team special teams player of the week.
Student athletes of the week were linebacker Leo Lewis, wide receiver Stephen Guidry and defensive lineman Devon Robinson.

Peters out

Cornerback Jamal Peters left last Saturday’s game with a leg injury and Moorhead said Monday that Peters will miss this week’s game at Kentucky. Peters’ status beyond the Kentucky game will be determined on a week-to-week basis.

“We’ll see where he goes next week,” Moorhead said.

Moorhead mentioned Chris Rayford as one Bulldog who could help fill in for Peters in his absence.

“(Rayford) has been double-trained (at safety and cornerback) for the possibility of something like this happening,” Moorhead said. “He’s gotten reps at safety. He’ll get reps at corner. We’ll have some other guys in there and see how things go this week based on repetitions and production in practice.”

Hill day-to-day

Running back Kylin Hill also hobbled off the field on Saturday and didn’t return to action with what Moorhead described as a lower body injury, however it doesn’t appear Hill’s ailment is serious.

“Kylin is day-to-day,” Moorhead said. “He’s dinged up. He practiced (Sunday). (Monday) is his off day so we won’t see where he’s at with the training staff until (today). We anticipate him being ready to roll (for the game at Kentucky Saturday).”

Florida game time set

The game time for former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen’s return to Starkville has been set.

MSU will battle its former leader and his Florida Gators on Sept. 29 starting at 5 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN.

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