||Prescott, Beckwith earn SEC weekly honors
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) — Mississippi State junior quarterback Dak Prescott was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while senior offensive lineman Ben Beckwith was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Prescott, a Heisman Trophy candidate, took home his third weekly honor of the season after finishing 16-of-21 for 193 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in the 51-0 rout against Vanderbilt this past Saturday. The Maxwell Award semifinalist also rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on the ground, leading MSU to its largest margin of victory in league play since 1936.
Leading his team to the first 10-win regular season in school history (10-1), Prescott is the only FBS player in 2014 to rank in the top 20 in both passing touchdowns (23) and rushing touchdowns (12). The Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist is also the only player in the country with at least 2,700 passing yards and 750 rushing yards. Prescott ranks in the top 10 nationally in points responsible for (5th, 216), total offense per game (6th, 327.7) and yards per pass attempt (10th, 8.81).
Beckwith, a midseason Phil Steele All-American, earned his third weekly league honor of the season after grading out at over 90 percent in the Vanderbilt victory. A semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the top player in the country who began his career as a walk-on, the Benton, Miss., native led the offensive line to 502 total yards of offense against the Commodores, including 283 on the ground. Beckwith is a key reason why the Bulldogs rank in the top 15 in the FBS in fewest tackles for loss allowed.
Prescott and Beckwith return to action Saturday as the No. 4 Bulldogs travel to No. 18 Ole Miss for the annual Egg Bowl. It's a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.