|Petererson Peaks Against West Virginia
|SOME HITHER, OTHERS LSU cornerback.punt returner Patrick
Peterson delivered a punt 60 yards for a touchdown on Saturday
night against West Virginia and stopped in the end zone to strike
that familiar Heisman Trophy pose. It drew a 15-yard penalty for
excessive celebration, but in December that yellow flag could turn
onto a Heisman Trophy. "The attention he received for that will be
off the charts," LSU assistant sports information director told the
Shreveport Times. " We've had a 'Peterson for Heisman'
promotional in the works for since the spring. We've just been
waiting to really start it." Why the wait? Peterson faces long odds as
a defensive back and no defensive player has won the Heisman
since Michigan's Charles Woodson edged Peyton Manning for the
award 13 years ago...
In the win over West Virginia, Peterson had one tackle two punt
returns for 86 yards and a touchdown. For the season, he has 11
tackles, two passes defended, two interceptions, one blocked kick,
nine punt returns for 253 yards and two touchdowns,and six kick
returns for 190 yards. Peterson is the only player in the country to
rank in the top 15 in yards per punt return (28.1), and kick returns
(31.6), but without a role on offense like Woodson had, it's not likely
that his defensive and return stats will be enough to win a
Heisman. Maybe Les Miles can try him at quarterback or receiver.
The Heisman promotion is now under way...