MSU Football Postseason Honors Continue For Ross, Lewis, Brown, Calvin, Senior, Fitzgerald

Several Mississippi State Bulldogs have been recognized on the Phil Steele and Athlon Sports All-Southeastern Conference teams announced this week.

Senior wide receiver Fred Ross, who earned first-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press last week, was named to Phil Steele’s All-SEC First Team. Ross is the first wide receiver in school history to earn back-to-back first-team All-SEC accolades, and he’s only the second Bulldog wideout to receive the honor twice in a career. Mardye McDole was a first-team All-SEC recipient in 1978 and 1980.

Senior linebacker Richie Brown was on Phil Steele’s All-SEC Second Team. For the second straight year, Brown was the Bulldogs’ leading tackler. His 93 tackles this season rank fourth overall in the SEC. Brown heads into the St. Petersburg Bowl just 10 tackles shy of 300 for his career.

Senior defensive lineman Johnathan Calvin and sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald were recognized on Phil Steele’s All-SEC Third Team. Calvin leads MSU in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (7.0). The Jackson native is 11th in the SEC in sacks, and he has one interception, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick to his credit.

In his first year as a starter, Fitzgerald was tops in the SEC in total offense with 3,530 yards. He tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns (14) and accounted for 35 total touchdowns, which was second in the SEC. The Richmond Hill, Ga., native enters the bowl game with 1,243 yards rushing, which is 148 yards shy of Anthony Dixon’s MSU single-season record.

In addition, Athlon Sports named senior offensive lineman Justin Senior to its All-SEC second team. Senior started all 12 games of 2016 at left tackle, and he’s started 38 for his career. Linebacker Leo Lewis was named Athlon Sports’ SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year. Lewis led all SEC freshmen in tackles with 72. The next closest freshman in the league had 49 tackles.

Lewis’ tackle total was the highest by an MSU freshman since Benardrick McKinney had 102 in 2012. McKinney is now the starting inside linebacker for the Houston Texans and ranks seventh in the NFL with 114 tackles this season.

The Bulldogs continue preparations for the St. Petersburg Bowl. MSU will fly to St. Pete on Dec. 21 before taking on Miami (Ohio) at 10 a.m. CT on Dec. 26 at Tropicana Field. The contest will be televised live on ESPN and WatchESPN.com.

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2016 MSU Football Honors
Dan Mullen, Head Coach
* Bobby Dodd Trophy National Coach of the Week (vs. Texas A&M)

Richie Brown, Sr., LB
* NFF Campbell Trophy Semifinalist
* Second-Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)

Jamaal Clayborn, Sr., C
* NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Invitee

Nick Fitzgerald, So., QB
* Third-Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)
* SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Texas A&M, at Ole Miss)
* Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 List (vs. Texas A&M)
* Manning Award Star of the Week (vs. Texas A&M)

Brandon Holloway, Sr., RB
* SEC Community Service Team

A.J. Jefferson, Sr., DE
* SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (vs. South Carolina)

Leo Lewis, Fr., LB
* SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches)
* SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year (Athlon Sports)
* SEC Freshman of the Week (at Ole Miss)

Martinas Rankin, Jr., OT
* SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (vs. Texas A&M)

Fred Ross, Sr., WR
* First-Team All-SEC (Associated Press, Phil Steele)
* Second-Team All-SEC (Athlon Sports, Coaches)
* Senior Bowl Invitee
* C Spire Conerly Trophy Finalist

Justin Senior, Sr., OL
* Second-Team All-SEC (Athlon Sports)
* Kent Hull Trophy Winner

Jeffery Simmons, Fr., DL
* SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches)

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