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Quiet week for locals in college football

Area athletes playing college football had a relatively quiet day on Saturday, with only one seeing enough involvement to compile a respectable stat line.

Mississippi State University’s Donald Gray, a senior transfer student who played at Copiah-Lincoln Community College two seasons ago, led the Bulldogs in receiving in their 45-7 win over the Kentucky Wildcats and had a nice special teams play as well. Gray caught 6 passes for 51 yards, including a long of 21 yards, and returned the Wildcats’ single kickoff for 33 yards. He also returned one punt for 10 yards.

His sophomore teammate on defense, Brookhaven High School graduate Leo Lewis, was far less involved, recording a single solo tackle and two assists. Lewis’s entire season has been pretty quiet, too: in seven games, he’s totaled five tackles, 19 assists, one pass breakup and one forced fumble.

A third local MSU Bulldog, junior Farrod Green of Wesson, was targeted twice in the passing game but did not record a catch.

Alcorn State University senior wideout Norlando Veals, another BHS graduate, failed to record any statistics for the second consecutive week. Veals was out two weeks ago with an injury, and while he was targeted in Saturday’s loss to Grambling State, did not catch a pass.

Veals remains the Braves’ leading pass-catcher with 31 receptions for 524 yards and three touchdowns in 2017.