Peterson Appears on ESPN College Football Live

by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin)
Peterson Appears on ESPN College Football Live

BATON ROUGE – LSU cornerback/return specialist Patrick Peterson will be a guest via phone on ESPN College Football Live at 2:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday and the show will re-air at 3 p.m. CDT on ESPNU.

Through four weeks of the season, Peterson has been one of the nation’s most exciting players. The junior is averaging 28.7 yards every time he touches the ball and he ranks second in the nation in punt return average with 28.1 yards per return. Peterson is the only player in the nation to rank in the top 15 in both kickoff and punt return average.

Twice this season he has returned punts for touchdowns, which ties him for the national lead. It is also the first time an LSU player has returned two punts for touchdowns in the same season since Skyler Green did so in 2003.

A lockdown corner of the defensive side of the ball, Peterson has rarely been thrown to, but when teams do, he’s made the most of his opportunities. He recorded two spectacular interceptions (video) against Mississippi State in week three of the season and returned one of them 46 yards, LSU’s longest interception return since 2007.

For his career, he has accounted for four touchdowns and scored three different ways – punt return, interception return and blocked field goal return. He spearheads an LSU defense that leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks ninth in the nation in total defense, allowing only 254 yards per game.

A unanimous preseason All-American and a candidate for national player of the year, Peterson has earned national recognition as a Heisman Trophy contender by, (video) and ranks him as the nation’s top defensive player and top special teams player.