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SEC honors Mississippi State defensive lineman

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown Russ Houston / Mississippi State

Mississippi State senior defensive end Ryan Brown was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday.

In Saturday's 45-17 victory against Troy, Brown registered career highs in tackles (7) and tackles for loss (3.5), including one sack. His 3.5 tackles for loss were the most by an SEC player this past weekend. The New Orleans native also added one pass breakup.

With his performance, Brown joined current NFL standouts Benardrick McKinney (2014) and Fletcher Cox (2011) as the only MSU players in the last five years to collect at least 3.5 tackles for loss in a game. The team captain became the sixth Bulldog in school history to earn the honor, with the previous three currently playing in the NFL (Pernell McPhee 2x in 2009, Cox 4x in 2011, Preston Smith 3x in 2014).

A member of the 2016 Senior Bowl watch list, the 2015 preseason All-SEC pass rusher has started all six games for MSU this fall, tallying 26 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.