Southeastern Conference recognizes Bulldogs
Mississippi State's Chris Jones celebrates after making a play against Ole Miss last Thursday. On Monday, Jones was recognized as Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Week for his performance. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams)
There's nothing better for Mississippi State football players than beating in-state rival Ole Miss and winning the Golden Egg Trophy.
On Monday, two of those Bulldogs had a little icing on the cake.
MSU senior defensive back Nickoe Whitley and true freshman defensive lineman Chris Jones earned Co-Defensive and Co-Freshman Players of the Week respectively for the Southeastern Conference for their efforts in the Egg Bowl against the Ole Miss Rebels. The Bulldogs defeated the Rebels 17-10 in overtime.
Whitley forced the game-winning fumble in overtime and recorded five tackles and one interception.
Jones had five tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss in his first-ever Egg Bowl. He was also credited with a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
Auburn's Nick Marshall was the Offensive Player of the Week, Missouri's E.J. Gaines was also a Co-Defensive Player of Week, Auburn kick returner Chris Davis was the Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after he had the game-winning kick return against No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Vanderbilt's Carey Spear was also a Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings was a Co-Freshman of the Week, Tennessee's Ja'Wuan James was the Offensive Line Player of the Week, and South Carolina's Kelcy Quarles and Tennessee's Corey Miller were the Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week.
MSU sophomore guard Craig Sword was honored as the Co-Player of the Week in the SEC in basketball.
Florida's Casey Prather also won the honor.
Sword, a 6-foot-3, 194-pound sophomore from Montgomery, Ala., averaged 18 points and five rebounds in Bulldog wins over Jackson State and Loyola.Â
Kentucky's Aaron Harrison was the SEC Freshman of the Week.
win volleyball awards
MSU Kimmy Gardiner was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team in volleyball, and Taylor Scott earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors.Â
In her rookie season, Gardiner turned in 399 kills, 247 digs, 44 blocks, 26 assists and 24 service aces.Â
"I'm honored to be listed among this great class of athletes," Gardiner said in a school release. "As young as we were this year, they could have chosen a number of people off our team, so I think this represents our team effort all season long."
Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Scott helped the Bulldogs win in Knoxville, Tenn., against the Volunteers of Tennessee for the first time since 1995.
She had 24 kills and 10 digs for her 12th double-double of the season against the Volunteers.Â
"I'm thankful to be recognized by the SEC, but it was a team effort last week," Scott said in a school release. "I know I had to step up and make sure this season ended on a positive note, but everyone played a role."Â
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