By Robert Wilson
OLE MISS’ MOORE MAKES SCHOOL HISTORY WITH RECEPTIONS
Ole Miss has had many great receivers over the years, but none of them have ever accomplished what Elijah Moore has done so far this season.
Moore has caught at least 10 passes in four consecutive games, a first in school history.
Moore also is the only receiver in the country to caught at least 10 passes in every one of their games this season. Moore ranks first in the SEC in receiving yards per game (143.8), receiving yards (575) and receptions per game (10.5). He is third in all-purpose yards per game (148.5). He also ranks fourth in the country in receptions and yards this season.
Moore goes for his fifth straight 10-plus receiving game against Auburn at 11 a.m. Saturday on the SEC Network in Oxford.
CALLAWAY ALUM HEATH BECOMES MSU’S LEADING RECEIVER
Malik Heath was rated as the No. 1 player in Mississippi in 2016 by ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports when he played at Callaway High three years ago.
Now, Heath has become the leading receiver at Mississippi State.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Heath has caught more passes for more yards than any Bulldog for the last three games. Heath only caught one pass for 1 yard in the season opening win over defending national champion LSU, but he has caught 16 passes for 136 yards over the past three games. Heath caught five passes for a team-high 57 yards and caught his first touchdown as a Bulldog in last week’s 28-14 loss to Texas A&M.
Heath, rated as the No. 22 wide receiver in the country by ESPN as a senior at Callaway, caught 78 for 1,837 yards and 13 TDs in his high school career. Heath played in the Under Armour All-American Game.
Heath committed to MSU, but played at Copiah-Lincoln Community College and became one of the top players in the country. He caught 61 passes for 835 yards and seven TDs in his two years at Co-Lin. He was rated as the No. 2 overall junior college wide receiver in the country by ESPN.
Now Heath is making headlines in his first season as a junior at MSU.
AUBURN’S J.J. PEGUES COMES HOME
Auburn freshman tight end J.J. Pegues comes home to play Ole Miss and visit his hometown of Oxford Saturday.
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Pegues was a star at Oxford and has become an important part of Auburn’s team in his first year with the program. Pegues has played tight end, quarterback, wide receiver, special teams and thrown one pass. He has 16 yards on four carries, caught one pass for 4 yards and completed one pass.
Pegues was rated as one of the 10 best tight ends in the country by ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports coming out of Oxford.
“You know, I haven’t (seen anything like him),” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a story in al.com. “Of course, I haven’t coached many 300-pound skill guys, either. He’s got a special skillset. We knew that when we recruited him.”
“I really don’t know who it would be, to be honest, because I’ve never seen an athlete his size that can move on a football field like he does — and that can do as many different things on the field as he can do,” said Oxford coach Chris Cutcliffe to al.com.