No two players stood out more on Saturday for Mississippi State than defensive ends Ryan Brown and A.J. Jefferson. For Brown, that has resulted in him being recognized by the Southeastern Conference as the league's defensive lineman of the week.
Brown registered seven tackles against the Trojans, including 3.5 for loss and a sack. Both the tackles and tackles for loss numbers were season and career highs for the senior defensive end out of New Orleans.
On the season, Brown has totaled 26 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He also leads the team with six quarterback hurries.
Both of MSU's defensive ends have exceeded expectations this season, and together have formed one of the better defensive end tandems in the league. Not quite the same upside as Texas A&M's ends, but Brown and Jefferson both have NFL potential.
Together they have racked up 16 tackles for loss, six sacks, and 59 total tackles. Pretty solid year so far any way you slice it. Everybody was worried about replacing Preston Smith, but Brown and Jefferson have accomplished that through six games.