Lewis named SEC Freshman of Week

Published 10:15 am Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Leo Lewis

Leo Lewis

Following the largest margin of victory in an Egg Bowl for Mississippi State since 1916, a pair of Bulldogs were named Players of the Week by the Southeastern Conference Monday.

Linebacker Leo Lewis of Brookhaven was named SEC Freshman of the Week after helping propel the Bulldogs to a 55-20 road victory over rival Ole Miss on Saturday. The 55 points were the most by any team in the Egg Bowl since MSU scored 65 on Nov. 6, 1915. Sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week. It is the second time Fitzgerald has received the honor this season and it’s Lewis’ first.

Lewis gathered six tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss on Saturday. The 1.5 tackles for loss was his most in a league game this season. The Bulldog defense shutout Ole Miss in the second half.

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Lewis extended his season tackle total to 72, the most of any freshman in the SEC. He is the only freshman in the SEC’s top 50 overall in tackles. Lewis is MSU’s first SEC Freshman of the Week since Chris Jones on Dec. 2, 2013.

Fitzgerald, a native of Richmond Hill, Ga., accounted for 367 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. He rushed for an MSU single-game school record 258 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns, breaking Anthony Dixon’s previous mark of 252 in 2009.