Mississippi State’s special teams unit has been its kryptonite over the past couple of year, even losing on multiple missed field goals, but that seems to be changing.
However, the present and future looks bright for Mississippi State’s kicking and punting unit. The recent surge of Jace Christmann has many Mississippi State fans worrying just a little less when the Bulldogs line up for a field goal or even a PAT. And for good reason. The Freshman kicker has been perfect this season going 5/5 on field goals with a long of 45 yards. However, he will have competition with incoming Under-Armour All-American Evan McPherson, who tied the Alabama State Record for the longest field goal last Friday.
McPherson, who we did a profile on this summer, is widely considered one of the top kickers in the nation, and his selections to all-star games and record kicks reinforce that theory. McPherson and Christmann will compete for the starting kicker spot next year and by early indications, it looks as if it will be a good battle.
Moving on to punting, Mississippi State already has one of the best punters in the nation on its roster in Logan Cooke, and also the former Freshman kicker Tucker Day, who was recruited as a punter will be starting next year after Logan Cooke, who is in line to make an NFL roster next season, will be graduating. Logan Cooke’s excellence has gone unnoticed to most, but he is putting together a truly good season. He has punted 22 times for an average of 45.3 yards, and his longest punt of the season went for an insanely long 67 yards. Other important statistics for the Senior punter include a rather important 11 punts inside the 20 and 7 punts of 50+ yards. Freshman Tucker Day will have his work cut out for him to replace one of the best, but the former Army All-American select should surely be up to the challenge.
Mississippi State fans had felt that there was no hope in our Special Teams, as countless different kickers would trot out and routinely miss field goals, but now things seem to be differentwith multiple top recruits in their respected positions, it feels as though Mississippi State might be entering a “Golden Age” of special teams.