March 2, 2007
Bulldog corner making the move to safety
Athleticism and attitude have never been problems for former South Panola quarterback Derek Pegues, so when Coach Croom asked him to move to safety he knew it would do nothing but help the team. Pegues signed with State as a defensive back over a host of other schools that were drooling over his signature.
Coach Harbison, better known to some as "Coach Cheese" has coached some good safeties in his day during his stints at Alabama and LSU. In his first season at State, Cheese will be in charge of making the transition easier for Pegues.
"Number 1 he is an athlete and he moves well. Another good thing about him is that he knows the system, right now we are fine-tuning his ability to play in space. He will be a safety that has corner skills, with a quick twitch, and now he is playing with his eyes well and understanding formation adjustments," Harbison said. "That is about the only thing that is surprising to me, well not surprising, but it shows you his level of intelligence to understand the system from corner to safety and so far he is doing a good job."
In high school Pegues played cornerback and quarterback, so switching positions is nothing new for the former four-star prospect.
"I feel like it is a good position for me and the coaches feel like it is a good position for me, but personally I feel like I will be able to make more plays at safety. Coach Croom always talks about trying to get the ball in my hands, and being at safety I will have the opportunity to get the ball in my hands a lot more," Pegues said.
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