November 10, 2009

McPhee happy with his decision

Former two-time junior college All-American defensive end Pernell McPhee was one of the most sought after recruits in the country last season.

The former four-star prospect committed to Mississippi State early on in the recruiting process and was given a strong push by Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Michigan before ultimately deciding to keep his word and sign with the Bulldogs in December of 2008.

But even after his arrival, the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder admits that he still had some doubts about his choice especially after he was moved to defensive tackle during spring practice.

His experiment in the middle of the defensive line however did not last as he has started all nine games at defensive end for the Bulldogs.

"I feel like this was the best decision I've made," McPhee said. "When I first got here I was unsure because I got moved to defensive tackle but I prayed to God about the situation and for Him to lead me to the college he wanted me to go to and He led me to Mississippi State. I prayed to him about the situation about playing defensive tackle and he changed it up. Ever since then I have been living happy. I hope I continue to live happy and win the rest of these games and go to a good bowl game."

McPhee is only in his fourth season of football, having played only one year at Pahokee High School in Pahokee, Fla. But during his still young career, McPhee has been a defensive end and did not necessarily want to make a move inside this season.

"I'm real happy I am back at defensive end," McPhee said. "That's a blessing. I thought I was going to come in and play defensive tackle. I was praying to God about the situation. I really didn't care where I played just as long as I was on the field making plays but He answered my prayers to play d-end. I brought out all of my tools that I have used in previous years at defensive end. I think I'm still a little rusty but by next year I will be right. I don't think anybody will be able to touch me."

McPhee has made 38 tackles this season including a team-high nine tackles for loss, four sacks, five quarterback hurries, three pass deflections and a forced fumble.

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