#90 Pernell McPhee
Position: DL
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 285
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pahokee, FL
Other College: Itawamba [MS] CC
Experience: 1 Letter
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All-America candidate entering his senior season ... Emerged as a team leader along the defensive line during his first season on campus ... Earned All-Southeastern Conference honors during his junior year ... Joined the Mississippi State football program in January 2009 ... Highly decorated and highly recruited junior college defensive lineman.

Earned All-SEC honors from both the league's coaches and the Associated Press ... Twice earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors ... Finished the year tied for sixth in the conference with 12.0 tackles for loss ... Posted 56 total tackles, one of the highest totals in the league for defensive linemen ... Also recorded a team-leading 5.0 sacks ... Posted five tackles with a quarterback hurry against Auburn ... Had a career day against Georgia Tech, tallying 11 stops, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack ... Also forced a fumble against the Yellow Jackets ... Posted seven tackles with three tackles for loss against Arkansas ... Closed the season with five tackles and a quarterback hurry that forced and interception in the Egg Bowl victory.

Two-time junior college all-America who led the state’s junior colleges in quarterback sacks as both a freshman and sophomore, totaling 33 sacks during his junior college career . . . Earned first-team junior college all-America recognition by the National Junior College Athletic Association following a star-studded sophomore season for head coach Jeff Terrill at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College . . . Two-time all-state and all-Region XXIII player . . . Named first-team, All-Region XXIII at defensive end . . . Totaled a nation-leading 13.5 quarterback sacks during that sophomore season and 23.5 tackles for loss . . . Named first-team, pre-season junior college all-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association and J.C. Gridwire Magazine prior to his sophomore campaign . . . Earned second-team all-America by the NJCAA and J.C. Gridwire following his freshman season at ICC . . . Totaled 67 tackles that season and led the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges with 19.5 quarterback sacks during that first season . . . Also had 37 tackles for loss . . . Other top scholarship offers:  Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Kansas State and West Virginia . . . Committed to MSU in July 2008.  


Only played one year of high school football . . . Starred on both sides of the football for head coach Leroy Foster at Pahokee (Fla.) High School . . . Played offensive tackle and defensive end for the Muckers . . . Registered 75 total tackles, including 35 tackles for loss and 19 quarterback sacks during his senior season . . . Also forced 12 fumbles . . . Helped lead Pahokee to a 14-0 record and the Florida State Class 2B Championship . . . Named all-state following that season . . . Also a two-year starter in basketball on the prep level . . . Other top scholarship offers:  South Florida and Central Florida . . . Signed with Southern Mississippi out of high school.


Born Pernell McPhee, 12/17/88 . . . Grandson of Ms. Lela Osborne.  



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