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April 11, 2011Mississippi State held its third spring game on Dan Mullen's watch on Saturday with the Maroon squad battling back with a 23-20 win over their White counterparts.
BulldogBlitz publisher Logan Lowery breaks down his players of the game on offense and defense from both rosters.
MAROON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Quarterback Dylan Favre
Redshirt Freshman * 5-11 * 190 * Kiln, Miss.
Passing: 17-of-26 passing for 199 yards, one touchdowns and one interception. Rushing: 10 carries for 41 yards.
Logan's take: I, like many fans at Davis Wade Stadium Saturday, was looking forward to seeing what Favre did in a game situation. I have felt all along that he was a gamer and he certainly proved it in the spring game. Favre moved around exceptionally well whether it was rolling out to pass or simply tucking the ball down and getting up field. He made quick decisions without hesitating and proved he could play at the SEC level taking live hits and leading his team from behind for the win.
MAROON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Linebacker Ferlando Bohanna
Redshirt Freshman * 6-0 * 230 * Memphis, Tenn.
Defense: Eight tackles (five solo, three assists), three tackles for loss, two sacks
Logan's take: Out of all the players I felt that Bohanna had the most impressive spring game. He seemed to be all over the field making plays whether it was in the backfield or going sideline to sideline. Bohanna led both teams in tackles and should have eased some concerns by the fans about replacing three senior linebackers from last year. He was credited with two sacks but I'm pretty sure he added another one as well.
WHITE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Wide Receiver Ricco Sanders
Sophomore * 5-11 * 195 * Duncan, S.C.
Receiving: Four catches for 96 yards.
Logan's take: After going most of the season without a catch last year Sanders came on strong late. He continued his progression on Saturday leading the Bulldog wideouts in yardage including a pair of 37-yard first down receptions. Sanders was the go-to receiver for Tyler Russell all day accounting for nearly half of the quarterback's passing yards. He could prove to be a key cog in the MSU receiving corps as they head into the fall.
WHITE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Safety Dennis Thames
Sophomore * 5-11 * 190 * Louisville, Miss.
Defense: Five tackles (four solo, one assist)
Logan's take: There were not too many eye-popping numbers put up by the White defense but I felt that Thames played as solid as any. Like always, he flew around making tackles and was always by the ball when the whistle blew. Thames has been used primarily on special teams thus far in his career but proved on Saturday that his future in the secondary is bright as well. Safety is one of State's deepest position units this year but Thames will find his way onto the field more this fall for sure.