By Robert Wilson
NANIH WAIYA HIGH ALUMNUS AND OLE MISS SOPHOMORE CALEB WARREN WINS SEC AWARD
Nanih Waiya High alumnus and Ole Miss sophomore guard Caleb Warren was named the SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in a 29-19 victory over then-No. 11 Texas A&M last week in Oxford.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound left guard anchored the offensive front for Ole Miss, which produced 504 yards of total offense, 257 rushing. Warren graded out at 89 percent with two knockdowns and no missed assignments and played 93 snaps.
Ole Miss rushing yards was the most allowed by Texas A&M this season. The Aggies hadn’t allowed more than 90 yards rushing in each of their last three consecutive games before coming to Oxford. It was also just the second time all season that an Aggie opponent had at least 500 yards of total offense.
Warren has started eight games this season. He missed the Arkansas and Tennessee games due to injury.
Warren had eight starts at left guard and allowed only one sack in 347 pass blocks last season as a redshirt freshman. He was a part of the Ole Miss offense, which produced 647 yards against Alabama, the most by a Rebel offense in an SEC game and the most allowed by Alabama in school history. Warren was the highest graded run blocker at 90.3 in the bowl game against Indiana. He played one game as a freshman.
Warren helped Nanih Waiya to the MHSAA Class 1A state championship in 2018 and played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game. He played offensive and defensive line. Warren was rated the No. 54 best offensive guard in the nation by ESPN.
No. 12 Ole Miss plays host to Vanderbilt Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.
FRANKLIN COUNTY ALUMNUS AND MISSISSIPPI STATE’S CAMERON YOUNG BLOCKS FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT TO HELP COMEBACK OVER AUBURN
Franklin County alumnus and Mississippi State redshirt junior Cameron Young blocked a field goal attempt to help the Bulldogs in their come-from-behind, 43-34 victory at Auburn.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Young blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play in the third quarter with Auburn leading 28-23. Mississippi State drove 72 yards for the go ahead score, a 6-yard pass from Will Rogers to Makai Polk for a 29-28 lead with 13:28 to play in the game. It was only the fourth blocked kick Auburn kicker Anders Carlson has had in his career.
Young, a defensive tackle, has started every game this season. He has 40 tackles and one interception. He played in eight games last year as a sophomore and eight games as a redshirt freshman. Young played in one game as a true freshman.
Young had 51 tackles, 43 solos, 11 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and forced 1 fumble as a senior at Franklin County. He was rated as the No. 25 top recruit in Mississippi by 247 Sports.
No. 25 MSU plays host to Tennessee State Saturday at 11 a.m. on SEC Network plus/ESPN plus.
NORTH PANOLA HIGH ALUMNUS K.J. JEFFERSON MAKES BIG TD PASS TO HELP ARKANSAS TO VICTORY
North Panola High alumnus and Arkansas quarterback K.J. Jefferson is known for his running ability, but he had one of the biggest pass plays of the year to help the Razorbacks in their 16-13 overtime victory Saturday over LSU.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Jefferson, who passed for 142 yards, completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to running back Dominique Johnson to tie the game at 10-10. Jefferson had to get away from one of the best defensive players in the SEC – LSU linebacker Damone Clark – in order to complete the pass with 6 minutes to go in the third quarter. Jefferson scrambled around and got away from Clark, then found Johnson behind the LSU secondary for the TD.
“I knew they were bringing pressure, so I had to make one guy miss,” said Jefferson, a sophomore who completed 18 of 25 passes and also ran for 41 yards. “Then, I gave Johnson a good ball and he did the rest.”
Jefferson has passed for 1,990 yards and 17 TDs with only three interceptions and ran for 484 yards and five TDs this season.
No. 21 Arkansas visits No. 3 Alabama Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS.