September 15, 2010

Sherrod having a stellar career at State

Just over four years ago Derek Sherrod decided to spurn scholarship offers from some of the nation's elite programs to follow his older brother Dezmond to Mississippi State.

Now a senior and four year starter on the offensive line, Sherrod remains happy with his choice to remain close to home and wants to end his Bulldog career with a bang.

"I'm very happy," Sherrod said. "In fact, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I've had a pretty good four years here at Mississippi State. I'm just looking to finish it out like I started it. I have a lot of memories that I won't forget and gained a lot of friends and brothers that I didn't think I'd have. It's all just a wonderful feeling."

Sherrod was the first of four straight Mississippi Gatorade Players of the Year MSU has signed. He had scholarship offers from Florida, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss and Notre Dame but remained in the Golden Triangle close to his home in nearby Columbus.

The massive 6-foot-6, 305-pounder has played in 35 games during his Bulldog career and earned 24 consecutive starting calls at left tackle. But the realization that this is his final season in Starkville is motivating Preseason All-SEC selection to new heights.

"It's starting to sink in a little bit," Sherrod said. "I try not to think about it too much. I've had a great time at Mississippi State so far and we're just looking to get every game down right so therefore I'd like to extend it a little bit longer with a bowl game."

Sherrod hopes to again take the trail blazed by his older brother to the NFL. Dezmond Sherrod won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent another year with the Houston Texans before moving on to the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL this season.

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