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#7 Patrick Peterson Season 2024

Pompano Beach, Fla.
High School
Ely HS

2010 Bednarik Award Winner (Nation’s Top Defender)
2010 Thorpe Award Winner (Nation’s Top Defensive Back)
2010 First-Team All-American (AP, AFCA Coaches, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America,,,
2010 Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches)
2010 Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Year (Coaches)
2010 First-Team All-Southeastern Conference Defense (AP, Coaches)
2010 First-Team All-Southeastern Conference Special Teams (Coaches)
2010 Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference All-Purpose (AP)
2010 SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (vs. North Carolina, vs. West Virginia)
2010 Lott IMPACT Player of the Week (vs. North Carolina, vs. Alabama)
2010 Hornung Award Versatile Performance (vs. North Carolina)
2010 Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week (vs. Mississippi State)
2009 Second-Team All-America   (Sporting News)
2009 First-Team All-SEC (ESPN)
2009 Second-Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches)

The top defensive back in college football in 2010, earning two national awards (Thorpe and Bednarik) as well as being a consensus All-America selection … Three-year starter at cornerback for the Tigers … Played in 39 games, starting 30 times … Finished career with 135 tackles, 22 pass breakups and seven interceptions … Scored touchdowns three different ways during his LSU career – punt return (2), interception, and return of a blocked field goal … Projected as a top five pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, opted to forgo senior season.

A consensus First Team All-American who established himself as the top cover cornerback in college football in 2010 … Named the winner of the 2010 Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football … Also the recipient of the 2010 Bednarik Award, which goes to top defender in college football … Finished year with 42 tackles, four interceptions and six pass breakups … Added 1.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry and blocked a field goal for an LSU defense that ranked in the top 12 nationally in three categories (scoring defense, pass defense and total defense) … Doubled as a return specialist for the Tigers in 2010, ranking first in the SEC and fourth in the nation in punt returns with a 16.1 average … Also led the league and ranked ninth in the country in kickoff returns with a 29.1 average … Returned 26 punts for 418 yards and a pair of touchdowns … Set the school’s single-season record in kickoff return yards with 932 on 32 returns … The 932 kickoff return yards ranked as the fifth-highest total in SEC history … Ranked fourth in the SEC and 56th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 114.2 per game … His 1,484 all-purpose yards ranked seventh in LSU single-season history … Had four games of 100-plus kickoff return yards – 163 on 4 return vs. Arkansas; 121 yards on 4 returns vs. Ole Miss, 106 yards on 4 returns vs. Florida and 100 yards on 3 returns vs. North Carolina … Had two interceptions vs. Mississippi State, and one against both UL-Monroe and Ole Miss … Interception vs. Ole Miss came on final play of the game as the Tigers held off the Rebels for a 43-36 victory … Added four tackles, two pass breakups and one tackle for a loss vs. Ole Miss … Returned acrobatic interception vs. UL-Monroe 85 yards to setup an LSU touchdown … The 85 yard interception return tied for the third-longest interception return in school history … Tallied eight tackles – six solo – and tied a career high with three pass breakups in win over Alabama … Helped limited Alabama All-America receiver Julio Jones to 89 yards in victory over Crimson Tide … Became the first LSU player since Sklyer Green in 2003 to return at least two punts for a touchdown in a single season, returning one 87-yards in season-opener vs. North Carolina and 60-yards vs. West Virginia … Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort against both North Carolina and West Virginia … Also blocked a field goal in win over West Virginia … Made two remarkable interceptions with a combined 46 return yards against Mississippi State to go along with four solo tackles on defense … Displayed his incredible athleticism in the opener against North Carolina by setting an LSU record with 257 combined return yardage, including 157 punt return yards – second-most in a single game in school history … Returned four punts for 157 yards with an 87-yard touchdown, only the fourth time LSU has returned a punt for a TD in a season opener … Also returned three kickoffs for 100 yards and finished with five tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss against North Carolina.

One of the nation’s best cover corners who earned second-team All-America honors from The Sporting News … Held Georgia standout receiver A.J. Green to just four catches earlier in the year and limited Alabama wideout Julio Jones to just three receptions … Ranked fourth in the SEC in passes defended with a total of 15 – 13 pass breakups and two interceptions … Returned an interception 37 yards for a first quarter TD at Mississippi  State … Picked up a blocked field goal and raced 53 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter at Ole Miss … Started all 13 games at cornerback for the Tigers, finishing with 52 tackles, 43 of which were solo … The 43 solo tackles ranked second on the team … Opened season with a career-best nine tackles to go with two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in win over Washington … Finished regular season with seven tackles and one pass breakup against  Arkansas … Had seven tackles and one pass breakup at  Ole Miss …  Led the team with three pass breakups and also had three solo stops at Alabama … Registered two solo tackles and his second interception of the season against Tulane … Recorded six solo stops versus Florida … Tallied four solo tackles and broke up two passes at Georgia.

Played in 13 games with four starts … Started final four games of season, including bowl win over Georgia Tech … Finished year with 41 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups … Added a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry … Had 1.5 tackles for loss … First career start came vs. Troy and he responded with a career-best eight tackles … Followed that with eight tackles and a tackle for a 6-yard loss vs. Ole Miss … Had all around good game at Arkansas with six tackles, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry … Intercepted a pass to go with four tackles in overtime loss to Alabama … Had three tackles and a pass breakup in first collegiate game vs. Appalachian State … Capped season with one tackle and a forced fumble in 38-3 win over Georgia Tech in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

One of the most decorated high school players to ever sign with LSU  … Named the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year following the 2007 season … Also named to the Parade All-America team and the USA Today All-America Team … Rated as the nation’s fifth best overall player by and No. 8 by ESPN … rated him the top cornerback in high school football in 2007 … A consensus five-star prospect by all major recruiting services … A member of SuperPrep’s All-Dixie team … Named the Class 6A-5A-4A Player of the Year by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel … Earned a spot on the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … Also named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Super Southern 100 … Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Was one of six finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award … Intercepted five passes as a senior in addition to making 21 tackles … Considered a threat on the offensive side of the ball as a senior, rushing for 733 yards and 11 touchdowns … Named the Defensive MVP at the 2007 U.S. Army Junior Combine … Earned junior All-America team honors … Was a consensus selection as a junior to the All-Broward Country first team … Earned Class 5A all-state second team honors as a junior … Picked off seven passes as a junior to compliment his 37 tackles … Reached the endzone seven times during his junior campaign – three times on kickoffs, twice as a receiver and twice on the ground … Rushed for 213 yards on just 10 carries … Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds … Coached by James Jones.

Full name is Patrick De’mon Peterson … Formally changed his last name from Johnson to Peterson in August of 2008 … Born July 11, 1990, in Fort Lauderdale … Parents are Patrick and Shandra Peterson … Relative of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden, New York Giants wide receiver Sinorice Moss and Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss … Majoring in sports administration.

Total tackles: 9 vs. Washington, 2009
Tackles for loss: 1.0 vs. Ole Miss, 2010
Interceptions: 2 vs. Mississippi State, 2010
PBUs: 3, twice (Last vs. Alabama, 2010) First time was against Alabama in 2009


2008 13-4 32 9 41 1.5-7 0-0 3 1 1-0 1 0-0
2009 13-13 43 9 52 0-0 0-0 13 0 2-37 0 1-0
2010 13-13 29 13 42 1.5-5 0-0 6 1 4-134 0 0-0


Year No. Yds. Avg. TD LG No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2008 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 32 932 29.1 0 55 26 418 16.1 2 87 (TD)
TOTALS 32 932 29.1 0 55 26 418 16.1 2 87


Shepard, Peterson Give LSU Win Over No. 18 UNC
Shepard, Peterson Give LSU Win Over No. 18 UNC


Defense, Peterson Power LSU Past No. 22 WVU
Defense, Peterson Power LSU Past No. 22 WVU


Peterson Named Second-Team All-American
Peterson Named Second-Team All-American


Peterson Named Special Teams Player of the Week
Peterson Named Special Teams Player of the Week


Peterson Named Lott Player of the Week
Peterson Named Lott Player of the Week


Peterson Begins Awards Tour in Charlotte
Peterson Begins Awards Tour in Charlotte
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