|Date of birth: September 14, 1986|
|Place of birth: Batesville, Mississippi|
|Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)||Weight: 193 lb (88 kg)|
|College: Mississippi State|
|Undrafted in 2009|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Career highlights and awards|
He is the cousin of former NFL Linebacker Dwayne Rudd. Pegues attended the same high school as Rudd, South Panola, which also produced current Pittsburgh Steelers starting Cornerback Deshea Townsend, Rudd's teammate in high school and college, at the University of Alabama.
High school careerEdit
Pegues enjoyed an outstanding prep career at South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi. After starting at Cornerback for the South Panola Tigers as a sophomore during the 2002 season, which saw the team go 14-1 with their only loss coming from Wayne County High School in the MHSAA Class 5A (for Mississippi's largest schools) Championship game, by a score of 14-21, Pegues was moved to Quarterback to replace departed starter Rickey Wright, who had signed a letter of intent to play football at Mississippi State. In his first season at the helm of the Tigers' offense as a junior (2003), Pegues guided the team to a 15-0 record, the Class 5A State Championship and a #9 national ranking from USA Today. South Panola routed previously unbeaten Oak Grove High School 33-14 in the 5A title game. Pegues received First-Team All-State recognition from the Clarion-Ledger newspaper along with teammates Jamarca Sanford and Peria Jerry, former South Panola Linebackers went on to standout careers with University of Mississippi's football team and now play in the NFL.
Prior to his 2004 senior season, Rivals.com reported that Pegues could bench press an impressive 350 lb. and run a blazing 4.4-second 40-yard dash. These numbers affirmed his talent as indicated by his accomplishments on the field and helped him earn scholarship offers from such elite college football programs as Alabama, Michigan, Auburn, Tennessee and Louisiana State in addition to Mississippi State.
Pegues again guided the Tigers to a perfect season (15-0) in 2004 with a second consecutive 5A State Championship (the school's 4th) and another top-ten finish in USA Today's "Super 25" high school football rankings (#7). He was instrumental in the Tigers' 39-21 State Championship Game victory over Ocean Springs High School as he rushed for 244 yards and 5 touchdowns. No player before or since has scored 5 touchdowns in the Class 5A Championship Game. Pegues was again named First-Team All-State by the Clarion-Ledger, along with teammates Travis Sanford, a Wide Receiver who signed with the Ole Miss Rebels, and John Jerry, currently a starting Offensive Guard at Ole Miss. He finished his high school career with a total of 4,104 rushing yards and 86 total touchdowns (passing, rushing, receiving, kick and punt returns and interception returns).
All Star GamesEdit
2005 Army All-American GameEdit
Pegues was selected to play in the 5th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on January 15, 2005. The game pits the nation's best high school seniors against one another in an East-vs.-West matchup. Pegues, a member of the West squad, was one of three Mississippians who played in the game, the most ever in the same year (the other two were Jerrell Powe, a former Ole Miss signee, and Josh McNeil, currently the starting Center for the Tennessee Volunteers). Powe, McNeil and Pegues joined a star-studded West line-up, including names like Travis Beckum, Jamaal Charles, DeSean Jackson, Rey Maualuga, Ryan Perriloux, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Sanchez, Reggie Smith and Jonathan Stewart, helping the West claim the victory, 35-3.
Pegues' performance in the game was spectacular; he intercepted a pass, ran for a first down on a fake punt and wowed viewers by shutting down two of the nation's best players in East Wide Receivers Fred Rouse and Patrick Turner, even though both players physically towered over his 5'10" frame at 6'3" and 6'5", respectively. His performance earned him "Defensive Player of the Game" honors.
2005 Alabama-Mississippi GameEdit
Later that year, Pegues would guide another team to an All-Star game victory. Pegues played Running Back in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic, which annually pits the best players from each state against one another. The game was held at its annual location, Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, on June 4, 2005 (formerly a summer contest, it has since been moved to December).
Pegues picked up 15 carries for 106 yards (7.1 average) and a touchdown in a 21-18 Mississippi victory. He was again joined by his fellow Mississippi teammates from the Army Game, Wayne County's Jerrell Powe and Collins High's Josh McNeil, as well as Brookhaven's Jimmy Johns, an Alabama signee who had beaten Pegues for the "Mr. Football" award annually bestowed upon the State's best player.
Saw action in all 11 games as a reserve Cornerback on defense, where he accumulated 14 tackles, forced a fumble, broke up two passes and intercepted one. Was also a starting kick return specialist; ran back 28 kicks for and average of 20 yards, including a long of 51.
Started all 12 games at Cornerback on defense. Recorded 32 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, five pass deflections and four interceptions. Also started all 12 games as a kick and punt return specialist. Returned 29 kickoffs an average of 23.7 yards, including a long of 61. Returned 25 punts for an average of 14 yards and one touchdown, including a long of 81. Was voted to the All-SEC Second Team by the SEC Coaches.
Started all 13 games at Free Safety on defense. Recorded 50 tackles, two tackles for a loss, recorved a fumble, deflected seven passes and intercepted five. His 20-yard interception return for a touchdown against Auburn was the difference in the game, which Mississippi State won for the first time since 2000. Also started all 13 games as a kick and punt return specialist. Returned 24 kickoffs an average of 22.7 yards, including a long of 51. Returned 27 punts for an average of 9.9 yards, including a long of 75, which resulted in a touchdown that tied the 2007 Egg Bowl in the fourth quarter, allowing MSU to win the game on a last-second field goal. Was voted to the All-SEC First Team by the Associated Press and Second Team by the SEC Coaches. He intercepted two passes on his way to an MVP performance in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl that helped his team win a defensive struggle over UCF by a score of 10-3.
As a two-time All-SEC performer (2006-2007), Pegues has been a crucial piece of State's defense, one of the nation's most improved units in 2007. He will be a Cornerback prospect for the 2009 NFL Draft.
He actually shows a 4.69 forty yard dash according to the NFL Combine listing under cornerbacks http://www.nfl.com/combine/top-performers?tabIndex=0.
- Selected to play in the 2005 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game, leading the Mississippi team to a 21-18 victory
- Defensive Player of the Game in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a member of the West squad
- 2004 Gatorade Player of the Year in Mississippi
- Named one of three finalists for Mississippi's 2004 "Mr. Football" award, annually presented to the State's top player by the Clarion-Ledger, along with Ole Miss signee Jerrell Powe and current Alabama player Jimmy Johns, who won the award
- First-Team Class 5A All-State selection by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) in 2004
- Named to the Clarion-Ledger 2004 "Dandy Dozen" list, representing the paper's selection of the State's top 12 players
- College Prospect Rankings
- #4 Cornerback prospect, #2 Mississippi prospect, #35 overall prospect (Rivals.com)
- #5 Cornerback prospect, #54 Southeast prospect (Scout.com)
- #1 prospect in Mississippi according to the "10 Most Wanted" rankings by the Clarion-Ledger
- #4 Cornerback prospect, #1 prospect in Mississippi (Superprep Magazine)
- #3 prospect in Mississippi (BulldogBlitz.com)
- #4 prospect in Mississippi (Dawgs' Bite Magazine)
- 2007 SEC Weekly Awards
- Kick Return
|2005 (Fr.)||11/11||28||559||20||0||51 (Auburn)|
|2006 (So.)||12/12||29||687||23.7||0||61 (Tulane)|
|2007 (Jr.)||13/13||24||544||22.7||0||51 (West Virginia)|
- Punt Return
|2005 (Fr.)||11/0||1||2||2||0||2 (Houston)|
|2006 (So.)||12/12||25||350||14||1||81 (Jacksonville St.)|
|2007 (Jr.)||13/13||27||268||9.9||1||75 (Ole Miss)|
|Total||36/25||53||620||11.7||2||81 (Jacksonville St.)|
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 "Derek Pegues Bio". SECsports.com. 2007-12-27. http://www.mstateathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90891&SPID=10997&DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=944416&Q_SEASON=2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- ↑ Scout.com (5 January 2005). "2005 US Army Game Roster". Scout.com. http://usarmy.scout.com/a.z?s=423&p=3&blipid=12996. Retrieved 2007-12-30.[dead link]
- ↑ AHSAAsports.com (17 December 2007). "Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic". AHSAAsports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. http://web.archive.org/web/20071214054738/http://www.ahsaasports.com/football/alms-allstar/. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- ↑ "SEC Football Players of the Week Announced (3)". http://secsports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=2&url_article_id=9543&change_well_id=2.
- ↑ "SEC Football Players of the Week Announced (8)". http://secsports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=2&url_article_id=9759&change_well_id=2.
- ↑ "SEC Football Players of the Week Announced (13)". http://secsports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=2&url_article_id=10025&change_well_id=2.