- Career & Game-By-Game Statistics
All-American candidate headed into his senior season ... Heavily recruited high school lineman who broke into Mississippi State's rotation at the line of scrimmage as a true freshman ... Has played in 34 of a possible 37 games for the Bulldogs, missing time only due to injury ... All-America high school lineman from nearby Columbus, Miss.
Started all 12 games at left tackle for the Bulldogs ... Helped pave the way for MSU to lead the SEC in rushing ... Graded out with a team-leading 91 percent with 11 knockdowns in the season-opening win over Jackson State ... Played 65 snaps in the game as the Bulldogs ran for 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... Played all 65 snaps at Auburn, posting an 83 grade with four knockdowns ... Again played every snap against Vanderbilt, grading out at 83 percent ... Had three knockdowns against the 'Dores ... State rushed for 260 yards in the game ... Led MSU linemen with a 90% grade against LSU ... Also recorded eight knockdowns ... Posted a 93 percent grade against Georgia Tech, playing every snap for the fourth straight game ... Recorded a team-leading four knockdowns as state ran for 209 ... Led the team with an 87 percent as State ran for 330 yards on 51 carries against Houston ... Also posted seven knockdowns ... Played in every snap for the sixth straight game as State ran for 178 yards and three scores against Middle Tennessee ... Recorded a team-high 81 percent blocking grade against Florida ... Graded out at a season high of 93 percent against Kentucky with 10 knockdowns as he helped pave the way for Anthony Dixon to run for 252 yards and State to rush for 348 and three touchdowns ... Posted an 80 percent grade with a pair of knockdowns as Mississippi State rushed for 114 yards against Alabama, becoming only the second team to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Tide this season ... Recorded a 85 blocking grade against Arkansas as State rushed for 327 yards, the most by a Bulldog team since 2004 ... Played every snap in the season-ending win in the Egg Bowl as State again eclipsed the 300 yard rushing mark.
Played in 11 games, starting 10 times at left tackle . . . Did not play in the season opener at Louisiana Tech due to injury, and did not start Week 2 . . . After missing that opener, he hit the playing field for the first time in his sophomore season in the Bulldogs’ home-opening win over Southeastern Louisiana . . . Only played 18 snaps as he returned to game action . . . Was on the field for every snap (61 plays) one week later in the Bulldogs’ SEC opener against Auburn . . . Was on the field for all 87 offensive plays at Georgia Tech one week later . . . His 81 percent blocking grade was second-best on the team and his eight knockdown blocks led the club . . . Was on the field for all 59 offensive snaps in Week 5 at LSU . . . Turned in a team-best 92 percent blocking grade against the Tigers . . . Again played every snap during the team’s mid-season win over Vanderbilt . . . Scored a 77 percent blocking mark with five knockdown blocks against the previously undefeated Commodores . . . Posted an 81 percent blocking mark, second-best on the team, at Tennessee in Week 7 . . . Was on the field for all 63 plays against the Volunteers . . . Went all 64 offensive snaps and graded out at an 87 percent mark against Middle Tennessee at homecoming . . . Played the entire game (57 snaps) in Week 10 at Alabama, tallying a 79 percent mark . . . Was on the field for all 76 offensive snaps in the team’s win over Arkansas one week later . . . Posted a team-best 89 percent blocking mark with five knockdowns against the Razorbacks . . . Started at left tackle in the season finale at Ole Miss.
Played in all but two games (11 of 13) during regular season in his freshman season at Mississippi State . . . Failed to see game action only in the season opener against LSU and in Week 5 at South Carolina . . . Saw the first playing time of his collegiate career in Week 2 against Tulane in the Superdome . . . Was on the field for 33 of a possible 85 offensive snaps against the Green Wave and was second on the team with four knockdown blocks . . . Helped MSU rush for 266 yards on 54 carries, a 4.9-yard per carry average, against Tulane . . . Participated in 10 plays during State’s Week 3 win at Auburn . . . Graded out at a 77 percent clip against the Tigers . . . Was on the field for eight plays in Mississippi State’s 31-15 victory over Gardner-Webb in Week 4 . . . Scored a 75 percent blocking grade against the Runnin’ Bulldogs . . . Played 14 snaps in the team’s Week 6 win over UAB . . . Graded out at an 85 percent clip against the Blazers . . . Was on the field for nearly half of all plays (32 of 73) one week later against Tennessee . . . Tallied a team-best 89 percent blocking grade against the Volunteers . . . Was on the field more than half the time (40 of 74 plays) at West Virginia in Week 8 . . . Saw action on 26 offensive snaps at Kentucky in Week 9 . . . Tied for the team high with an 88 percent blocking grade against the nationally ranked Wildcats with five pancake blocks . . . Went nearly half the way (31 of 66 plays) in MState’s Week 10 victory over nationally No. 21-ranked Alabama . . . Scored an 80 percent blocking grade with three pancake blocks against the Crimson Tide . . . Played 32 snaps (out of 85) at Arkansas in Week 11, with a team-best and season-high 93 percent blocking mark . . . Played 24 snaps in the regular season-closing win over Ole Miss in the Battle For The Golden Egg . . . Split time at right offensive tackle with J.D. Hamilton in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic . . . Selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl all-star game in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., following his senior season . . . Rated the No. 26 offensive tackle prospect in the country by ESPN.com . . . Ranked among the top 20 offensive linemen in the Southeast by PrepStar recruiting magazine in its season-ending yearbook . . . Considered one of the top five prospects in the state by that publication . . . Ranked No. 24 on the Mobile Press Register’s Super Southern 120, the top-ranked offensive tackle on the list . . . Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, symbolic of being one of the top 100 players in the South . . . One of just 16 offensive linemen so recognized . . . Ranked as the No. 18 offensive tackle prospect in the country prior to his senior season by the Rivals.com recruiting web site, the No. 5 prospect in the Magnolia State according to that site . . . Moved to No. 3 in the state on that site’s post-season list, the top offensive lineman . . . Ranked with the top 14 offensive linemen in the southeast in the 2007 Rivals recruiting yearbook . . . Listed No. 2 on the Jackson Clarion-Ledger ranking of the top 40 prospects in the state of Mississippi, the top-rated offensive lineman . . . Rated the No. 5 prospect in the state of Mississippi, regardless of position, by SuperPrep Recruiting Magazine, the top-ranked offensive lineman . . . That publication also had him ranked as the No. 35 offensive line prospect in the country . . . Moved to No. 4 in that publication’s season-ending all-America issue, the state’s top-rated offensive lineman . . . Named the Gatorade Mississippi Player of the Year for 2006 . . . Named to the Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen prior to his senior season, symbolic of being ranked among the top 12 players in the state of Mississippi . . . Named first-team, all-state on the offensive line in all classifications by that newspaper following his senior season . . . Earned first-team, all-Southeast on the offensive line in the pre-season recruiting guide by Scout . . . Ranked No. 38 overall in the southeast in that publication, the fourth-best offensive lineman listed . . . Earned first-team, all-state mention in Class 3A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches at offensive tackle . . . Allowed just one quarterback sack during his senior season and was credited with 32 pancake blocks . . . Also made 79 tackles on defense, with six quarterback sacks and four fumble recoveries . . . He also blocked three kicks . . . Credited with a 325-pound bench press max and a 30-inch vertical jump by recruiting web site Scout.com . . . His 5.35-second 40-yard dash time was fourth-fastest among offensive linemen at the Starkville Scout.com combine in 2005 (as a high school sophomore) . . . His 4.84-second run in the short shuttle and 8.16-second time in the three-cone run were the second fastest . . . Four-year starter on the offensive line and three-year regular on the defensive side of the ball for head coaches David Boykin and Jack Hankins at Caledonia (Miss.) High School . . . A three-time all-area selection by the Columbus Commercial Dispatch, including being named as both an offensive and defensive lineman his senior year . . . Was also a two-time, Elite 11 selection by that newspaper, symbolic of being one of top 11 players in a 10 county area surrounding Columbus . . . Named second-team, all-state following his junior season by the Mississippi Association of Coaches . . . Recorded 93 tackles with four quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries during his junior season as defensive tackle for the Confederates . . . Also played basketball on the high school level . . . Outstanding high school student with a 3.5 grade point average . . . Other top scholarship offers: Florida, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Michigan, Louisville and Ole Miss . . . Committed to MSU in August 2006.
Born Derek Lee Sherrod, 4-23-89, in Chula Vista, Calif. . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sherrod.