All-Purpose Back Hakeem “The Dream” Deggs had 12 Take-Aways on Defense as a Senior.
Hakeem “The Dream” Deggs (5-6, 160, 4.3) of Plaquemine, Louisiana is a sensational All-Purpose Back that was rarely stopped on offense as a senior, but the scarey thing about him is that he might be even better on defense as he recorded an “eye-popping” 12 take-aways on defense. I’m not sure that he can’t play on both sides of the football in college, but I still would want him with the football on offense on my team.
Let me refresh you on exactly what a “take-away” really is. Most all of you know that an interception is a take-away and Deggs had eight of those that counted. He also had four interceptions that were called back, because of a penalty. Another “take-away” is when a defensive player actually takes the football out of the hands of an offensive player and then that player is immediately playing offense and is trying to score. Deggs had four of those.
In the first game that I saw Deggs play as a senior, he was sensational as he recorded 259-yards of offense and two touchdowns in the 37-36 Overtime victory. Last week, Deggs forced two fumbles and had one interception on defense and he also recorded 168 All-Purpose Yards on offense as the Green Devils won their fourth straight game by beating Baton Rouge Istrouma by a 48-8 score.
Two weeks ago, in a 49-31 victory over Baton Rouge Broadmoor, Deggs caught four passes for 106-yards, rushed for 93-yards on only five carries, and had 101-yards on returns, giving him an even 300-yards of total offense, as he averaged 25-yards per touch. Deggs scored three touchdowns on runs of 15 and 40 and a 29-yard reception. Three weeks ago, Deggs had three interceptions.
In the last regular season game of the season for Deggs and Plaquemine, the Green Devils were traveling to to play a powerhouse Lutcher team that had a great quarterback in Ruston Matherne (6-0, 180, 4.5) and a great wide receiver in Spencer Roussel (6-3, 180, 4.5) and I wanted to see Deggs play one more time.
Myron Jack (5-7, 170, 4.37), who has been over-shadowed by Deggs all season, scored first for the Green Devils on a beautiful 51-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. After highly under-rated kicker Alex Koupasis kicked the extra point, the Green Devils led 7-0. Both Jack and Koupasis are playing in the Ninth Annual All-American Bowl Game Classic, along with Deggs and Super-Star Defensive End, Jared Tackno (6-4, 240, 4.7).
This lead did not last for long as Matherne ran a quarterback draw, untouched, up the middle, for a 32-yard touchdown to tie the score at 7-7. Just before halftime, Deggs ran a beautiful 79-yard punt return for a touchdown to give the Green Devils a 14-7 lead, but on the play, a Lutcher player was injured and the game was stopped.
In all of my many years of watching and playing in football games, I have never seen what happed next. After about five minutes of a game delay, a penalty flag was thrown for blocking in the back, thus nullifying the touchdown by Deggs and a possible Green Devil lead at halftime.
Then on the second half kickoff, Deamphrany Davis of Lutcher took a short “pooch-kick” near the right sideline where I was, raced to the middle of the field, untouched, and ran 70-yards for the touchdown to give Lutcher a 13-7 lead.
A few minutes later, Deggs returned a punt 67-yards, but it was called back for holding and then later in the third quarter, Deggs ran a 60-yard kickoff back, but it was also called back for a penalty.
So in his final regular season game of the season, Deggs had 260-yards of total offense that counted and 206-yards of total offense that did not count.
I once went to see another short, but very fast All-Purpose back play in a high school football game and that player ran the opening kickoff back 92-yards, in the rain, for a touchdown and finished that night with four touchdowns and over 300-yards of All-Purpose offense.
That player was Special, but I knew that someone was going to have to take a chance with him, because of his size, and I also knew that whoever took him at 5-5, would be extremely lucky some day in the future for having taken him.
His name was Trindon Holliday and he is still playing for the Denver Broncos in the NFL. Holliday had similar measurables of 5-5, 160, 4.21, 42 Vertical Jump, and 3.96 pro-shuttle and he’s listed on the Broncos roster at 5-5 and 169. Deggs has a 40-inch vertical, has a 3.96 in the pro-shuttle, and ran a 4.31 at the Louisiana Tech Summer Camp, but he only has one offer from ULM.
Hilliday wasn’t allowed to play football until the seventh grade due to his small size and he didn’t see any real game action until his junior season at Zachary Northeast High School. Once he started playing regular, as a senior, Holliday, just like Deggs, couldn’t be stopped and he rushed for more than 2,000-yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior.
One thing that makes this story so amazing is that Holliday was incredibly lucky to get a chance to go to LSU. The Tigers offered Holliday a chance to make the visit to their campus with a high school teammate, who they really wanted, but Holliday was so unbelievable, because of his incredible speed, they decided to go ahead and offer him.
Some lucky school is going to take Hakeem “The Dream” Deggs and they also will be extremely lucky in the future.