STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the second time this season, senior offensive lineman Gabe Jackson has been named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. The honor is the second of Jackson’s career and he becomes the second MSU offensive lineman to ever receive the award two or more times in the same season, joining Derek Sherrod, who was a four-time selection in 2010.
Thursday night against Kentucky, Jackson created space for MSU to gain 447 yards of total offense, good for the eighth most in a league game under head coach Dan Mullen. Jackson also provided time for MSU to throw three touchdown passes against the Wildcats, tied for the second most in an SEC contest under Mullen. He graded out at 91.5 percent and had five knockdowns in the contest.
For the year, Jackson has anchored a line that is helping MSU average 456.0 yards a game, which is on pace to shatter the single-season record of 422.0 yards per contest, set in 1982. In the last six games, the offense has been exceptionally explosive, recording 2,859 yards of total offense (476.5 ypg). The Liberty, Miss., native has opened lanes for 18 rushing touchdowns this season, equaling the 2012 total.
Jackson has not been the only Bulldog to receive awards this week as Jameon Lewis was selected to the Paul Hornung Honor Roll and Malcolm Johnson was tabbed as the College Football Performance Awards Tight End of the Week.Mississippi State returns to action Saturday at No. 14 South Carolina. The game is slated for an 11:21 a.m. CT kickoff and will be broadcast on SEC TV.