Mississippi State defensive back Fred Peters out for season after surgery

Tyler Horka
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

STARKVILLE – The blows keep coming for the Bulldogs. 

Mississippi State (1-3) took a three-game losing streak into its bye week. The team will come out of it without one of its best defensive players.

Coach Mike Leach said on Wednesday morning's SEC Teleconference that senior safety Fred Peters had surgery this week to repair an undisclosed injury. Peters will miss the rest of the season. 

Peters posted on Twitter that he plans on returning to the program next year. One of the oddities of the way the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the season is that any player, no matter his classification, can retain a year of eligibility no matter how many games he plays this season. 

LSU wide receiver Jaray Jenkins (10) pulls in a pass over Mississippi State safety Fred Peters (38) in the first half an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

"It’s killing me that I won’t be able to go to war with these Boys no more," Peters said in his tweet. "I will come back even harder next year ..I know they going to hold it down for me." 

Peters was tied for fourth on the team in total tackles this season with 20. He also had one fumble recovery and one pass breakup, which was a touchdown-saving deflection in the end zone during Mississippi State's lone win of the season at LSU. 

Peters was a starter on a Mississippi State defense that currently ranks first in the SEC in total yards allowed per game (295.5). The Bulldogs are also the only team in the conference to allow less than 200 passing yards per game at 192.3. 

Sophomore Collin Duncan is listed as Peters' backup at free safety on the depth chart. Duncan has six tackles this season. He appeared in 11 games as a freshman last year, primarily playing on special teams. 

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