Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week
for his performance against Southern Miss on Saturday.
• Smith picked off his first career pass early in the first quarter that halted a Southern Miss drive and then blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter to preserve MSU's first shutout since 1999.- The blocked FG was picked up by Jay Hughes and returned 70 yards for a touchdown.
• Smith also added two tackles, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup. It was Smith's second career blocked field goal.
• Smith was part of an MSU unit that limited USM to just 2.2 yards per carry and 71 yards on the ground.