Coach Sylvester Croom has announced the one-game suspension of starting free safety Derek Pegues for violating Mississippi State's class attendance policy.
Croom said reserve linebacker Karlin Brown would also miss the Bulldogs' August 30 game at Louisiana Tech for the same violation.
Under the university's policy, which is mandated by the Southeastern Conference, four or more absences per class trigger a one-game suspension.
Pegues started 25 consecutive games for Mississippi St. and his five interceptions last year were a team best. His 75-yard fourth-quarter punt return tied an Egg Bowl game against Ole Miss the team later won.
With Pegues out, sophomore Zach Smith could get the start.