All-Time MSU Football Team: Defensive Backs

Over the three weeks of fall camp, Mississippi State will be collecting votes and assembling an all-time MSU football team in honor of the 100th anniversary of Scott Field. Winners will be announced over the course of the season as the starters are filled in on both sides of the ball.

smootcollegeVoting is simple: the candidates and their highlights are listed below, just vote for your choices in the poll.

Today, we are selecting four defensive backs from the pool of cornerbacks and safeties to fill out the secondary.

Steve Freeman 1972-74

10 interceptions (T-8th), named an SEC Legend, led team in interceptions twice (1973, 1974), drafted by New England Patriots, long career with Buffalo Bills

Johnthan Banks 2009-12

16 career interceptions (tied 1st all-time), 320 yards on interception returns (1st), three interceptions returned for touchdowns (T-1st), tied 1st longest interception return (100 yards vs Florida, 2009), 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner, two-time All-SEC

Pig Prather 1998-2001

207 career tackles, 16 tackles for loss, seven sacks, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions, 2001 semi-finalist for Thorpe Award, 2000 finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, 2000 All-American, two-time All-SEC

Ashley Cooper 1998-99

109 career tackles, 22 tackles for loss, six sacks and three interceptions, 1999 All-American, 1999 All-SEC

Fred Smoot 1999-2000

10 interceptions (T-8th) in only two years, 99 career tackles, six tackles for loss, 2000 Consensus All-American, 2nd round NFL Draft Pick, founder of Smoot Smack, finalist for 2000 Thorpe Award, two-time All-SEC

Robert Bean 1998-99

Six career interceptions, 64 tackles, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery, 1999 All-SEC

Walt Harris 1992-95

16 career interceptions (T-1st), tied 1st most interceptions in a single season (six in 1993, six again in 1994), All-American, 1st-round NFL Draft pick, three-time All-SEC

Derek Pegues 2005-08

12 interceptions (T-4th), 20.1 yards per interception return (1st, minimum 10 INTs), three interceptions for touchdowns (T-1st), 112 kickoff returns (1st) for 2,498 yards (1st), 792 punt return yards (3rd), three-time All-SEC

Charles Mitchell 2008-11

283 career tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, one sack, four interceptions, two forced fumbles

Keith Fitzhugh 2005-08

180 career tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, six interceptions, two forced fumbles

Stan Black 1973-76

Seven career interceptions, 1976 All-American, 1976 All-SEC, drafted by San Francisco 49ers

Izell McGill 1994-97

12 career interceptions (T-4th), 108 career tackles, two fumble recoveries, led team in interceptions twice (six in 1997, four in 1996)

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3 Responses to All-Time MSU Football Team: Defensive Backs

  1. Mike Davis says:

    Im surprised Kenny Ray Johnson of my hometown of Moss Point wasn’t on the list.But Walt was the best db in MSU’s history!

  2. Carmela D. Holt says:

    Stan Black was the BEST as far as I’m concerned….and is still the BEST Southern Gentleman there is…

  3. Grey Cobb says:

    Let’s not forget Frank Dowsing-one of the best!

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