Four Bulldogs Voted All-SEC Freshmen

Four Mississippi State players have been recognized for their first-year performances by selection to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman football team.

Three of Coach Sylvester Croom's freshman defenders made the rookie team. Linebackers Jamar Chaney and Anthony Littlejohn, and cornerback/kick returner Derek Pegues earned enough votes from the league coaches for membership on the all-freshman squad.

They were joined by Blake McAdams, voted to the special teams as the best rookie punter in the conference. McAdams avergaged just under 42 yards per punt and handled every kick for State this past season, booting the ball the fourth-most yards ever by any Bulldog punter in a season.

Chaney played all 11 games as a freshman, and moved into the starting lineup at weakside linebacker for the last two games. He finished with 31 tackles, most of any MSU rookie, and played on special teams as well.

Littlejohn started the first nine games of 2005 at weakside linebacker, before Chaney took over the job. Littlejohn compiled 22 total tackles with 3.5 stops for losses and 1.5 sacks.

Pegues played all 11 games on special teams and in rotation at right cornerback. He finished with 14 tackles, broke up two passes and intercepted one. He fielded one punt, for two yards; and returned 28 kickoffs for a 20.0 yard average.

SEC coaches could not vote for players from their own team. Chaney, Pegues, and McAdams were all true freshmen from State's 2005 recruiting class, while Littlejohn was a redshirt rookie. State tied with Alabama for second-most representatives on the all-freshman team, with Arkansas earning five selections.

These four freshmen match the four older Dogs voted to other All-SEC teams. Senior defensive end Willie Evans made first-team All-SEC in both the sportswriters and coaches polls, while senior halfback Jerious Norwood was first-team by the coaches and second-team with the writers. Senior cornerback Kevin Dockery and junior safety Jeramie Johnson were honorable mention all-conference picks by the writers.

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