October 7, 2008

Pegues reflects on Bulldog career

As a four-star recruit coming out of storied South Panola High School in 2005, Derek Pegues could have gone to any number of schools and had success.

But Pegues chose instead to remain in-state and play for a downtrodden Mississippi State program at the time and buy into a program led by new head coach Sylvester Croom.

"Really I wanted to play for Coach Croom," Pegues said. "I talked to him and I felt like he was a man that could best coach me. He seemed like he cared about you beyond the football field and I needed somebody like that in my life. They say the best of the best are at those other schools and I would rather play against the best than be a part of them. I felt like this would be a greater challenge for me to stay in Mississippi and get things changed and turned around."

Fast forward four years and Pegues has emerged into the one of the nation's top defensive backs and most dangerous return men. With his successful collegiate campaign coming to a close at the end of the season, Pegues would not have wanted to been anywhere else.

"I have had a great time here," Pegues said. "I don't regret this decision. I believe we are on the right track. When I came in here, we were down. We went to a bowl game last year and hopefully we can get things turned around and be right back in one."

Pegues is hoping to help the Bulldogs rectify their 1-4 start to the season.

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