Each Friday, The Post and Courier will spotlight a player on the watch list for the Medal of Honor Bowl all-star game, set for 2 p.m. Jan. 11, 2014, at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Tickets are on sale at www.MOHbowl.com and through etix.com
NAME: Denico Autry
POSITION: Defensive end. SCHOOL: Mississippi State.
YEAR: Senior. HEIGHT: 6-6. WEIGHT: 265.
2013 STATISTICS: Autry, from Albermarle, N.C., has committed to play in the Medal Honor Bowl. This season he has 21 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He’s batted down three passes and forced a fumble. He was a preseason All-SEC pick by Athlon and Phil Steele and a junior-college All-American.
QUOTE: “Denico Autry is an explosive and very athletic defensive end. He plays with good speed, balance and has natural pass rushing abilities.” — Brian Woods, Medal of Honor Bowl executive director.
OTHER DEFENSIVE LINEMEN ON THE WATCH LIST: Chaz Sutton, South Carolina; Euclid Cummings, Georgia Tech; Maurice Couch, Tennessee*; Cody Bauer, Rice*; Will Clarke, West Virginia.
NEXT WEEK: Linebackers.
*Committed to Medal of Honor Bowl