March 28, 2007
Bulldog safety giving the glory to the Man above
A lifetime corner before his sophomore year, Keith Fitzhugh dreamed about the impact he could make at State when he decided to sign and enroll early. Coming in at the 200-pound range, Fitzhugh knew there was a chance that a move was coming. After a year at safety, Fitzhugh is ready to make State fans remember his name, as he gives as the glory of his accomplishments to God.
In the 2004 signing class, the Bulldogs signed two of the best cornerback prospects in the nation in Keith Fitzhugh and Derek Pegues. After playing at corner during their freshman season, Fitzhugh was moved to safety. This year Fitzhugh will welcome one of his close friends to the last line of defense.
"Well it's like going back to our freshmen year, we just have a different relationship," her said. "We can communicate on different levels than just normal guys. Playing corner together was a help also. When we came in together we were learning the scheme together. Then I moved to safety, now this year he is back here with me; his adjustment will be easier because it's a lot of things that I can help him with to make his adjustment easier. He has feetwork like a corner, but the body of a safety."
Coach 'Cheese' has only been at Mississippi State for a short time, but he can already identify some fundamental instincts that he wants his safeties to have.
"Fit and Pegues compliment each other at safety so well, and they play fast," first year coach Charlie Harbison said. "When they see it they go do it. That is what I look for in safeties; high energy guys and both of them have it."
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