News from MSU Media Relations--July 21

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State had four football players selected to the 2007 Coaches' Pre-Season All-SEC team, the league office announced Thursday.

Junior defensive back Derek Pegues (Batesville, Miss.) was selected to the coaches' pre-season all-SEC first team in the secondary, while senior defensive end Titus Brown (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) earned second-team honors. Senior center Royce Blackledge (Sandersville, Miss.) and junior linebacker Jamar Chaney (Fort Pierce, Fla.) were accorded third-team recognition.

Pegues, a second-team all-SEC defensive back and kick returner last year, finished eighth in the conference in interceptions in 2006 with four picks, and second and fifth, respectively, in the league in punt and kickoff returns. His punt return yardage total was the fifth-highest single-season mark in school history.

Brown, a second-team, all-SEC performer a year ago by both the league's coaches and the Associated Press, finished third and fifth, respectively, in the league in 2006 in tackles for loss and quarterback sacks.

Blackledge has played in 24 career games for the Bulldogs, starting 18 straight games from midway through his sophomore season on. He started all 12 games for State last year at center.

Chaney started 11 times last year at outside linebacker and finished third on the club with 66 total tackles. He had seven and one-half tackles for loss, two and a half sacks a year ago. He will play middle linebacker in 2007.

MSU Athletics
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State placed 29 student-athletes on the 2007 Southeastern Conference Freshman Academic Honor Roll, released Wednesday by the league office.

The honor roll is based upon grades from the 2006-07 academic calendar, and requires student-athletes to have a 3.0 grade point average during the period.

Mississippi State placed five student-athletes on the list from both baseball and volleyball, three from both soccer and softball, two each from women's basketball, football, women's golf, men's track and field and men's tennis, and one honoree each from men's basketball, women's tennis and women's track and field.

The complete list of MSU student-athletes on the 2007 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll follows (name, sport, class and major):

Jet Butler, Baseball, Physical Education
Greg Houston, Baseball, Mechanical Engineering
Jason Nappi, Baseball, Banking & Finance
Connor Powers, Baseball, Economics
Tyler Whitney, Baseball, General Business Admin.
Joseph Iupe, M. Basketball, Accounting
Bethany Washington, W. Basketball, Biological Sciences
Carrie Landers, W. Basketball, Biological Sciences
Aaron Feld, Football, General Business Admin.
Mark Melichar, Football, Undeclared
Mary Sharp, W. Golf, Communication
Suzanne Stanley, W. Golf, Undeclared
Katelyn Graben, W. Soccer, Physical Education
Laura Hamm, W. Soccer, Political Science
Andrea Harrison, W. Soccer, Physical Education
Jessica Bailey, Softball, General Business Admin.
Chelsea Bramlett, Softball, Physical Education
Laurie Siebert, Softball, Undeclared
Chris Doerr, M. Tennis, Communication
Pjotrs Necajevs, M. Tennis, General Business Admin.
Deandra Saddler, W. Tennis, Communication
Daniel Simpkins, M. Track, Computer Engineering
Clayton Walters, M. Track, Undeclared
Wendy Copeland, W. Track, Biological Sciences
Ioana Demian, Volleyball, Art-Graphic Design
Dorey Gray, Volleyball, Biochemistry
Jennifer Hauskey, Volleyball, Physical Education
Stefanie Joyner, Volleyball, Elementary Education
Emily Tooker, Volleyball, Physical Education

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State guard Joseph Iupe has been named to the 2007 SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll, as announced Thursday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

A walk-on basketball player from Madison, Iupe compiled a 3.30 grade point average in accounting this past academic year at MSU. A Dean's List scholar last fall, Iupe is a member of Mississippi State's Shackouls Honors College. On the court for the Bulldogs, the former Madison Central High School standout saw action in 15 games as a member of coach Rick Stansbury's 21-14 SEC Western Division co-championship team last season.

Based on grades from the 2006-07 academic calendar, student-athletes named to the 2007 SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll must 1) have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution; 2) be on scholarship or a letter winner; 3) have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution; and 4) have been a member of the varsity team for the sport's entire NCAA Championship segment.

MSU Media Relations
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State athletic media relations office recently received five awards of excellence from the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced at its annual summer meeting in San Diego, Cal.

The MSU football media guide was judged second-best in District 6, an area comprised of schools from Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma, by a panel of sports information specialists and media personnel.

State's men's tennis guide was picked third-best in the nation, the highest-ranking achieved by a Bulldog publication.

MState's women's soccer guide was selected sixth-best in the nation and second-best in District 6.

The Lady Bulldog women's basketball media guide was chosen second-best in the district.

The MSU Athletic Media Relations Office is comprised by Associate AD for Media Relations Mike Nemeth, Assistant AD John R. Cade, Associate Director David Rosinski, Assistant Directors Tim Andrzejewski, Cassie Chance, Joe Dier and Joe Galbraith, and graduate assistants Jay Middleton and Tony Schmidt.

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