Johnson Receives SEC Honor

Mississippi State's Anthony Johnson was named the Southeastern Conference's defensive player of the week today after returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in a 17-12 upset of Alabama.

Like his team, Johnson is experiencing success this year, but has a brighter future if he continues to work hard.

Coach Sylvester Croom says if Johnson begins to bear down in his study of Mississippi State's opponents and improves his assignment work on the field, he'll become a force.

The coach says, "He's going to be one of the better corners in the country." Johnson is already making a case for himself.

He tied the NCAA record with Saturday's return, which spurred the Bulldogs' comeback win. It was his third interception of the season and his second return for a touchdown, which leads the SEC.

He was the fourth Mississippi State defender named player of the week this season, joining Derek Pegues, Gabe O'Neal and Avery Hannibal.

That ties a mark set in 1999 when the Bulldogs also had four defenders win player of the week.

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