Posted by Chip Patterson
Patrick Peterson entered the season as a preseason pick as one of the best defensive backs in the nation. After his performance in LSU's season opener against North Carolina, it is not hard to consider him one of the best football players in the nation.
Peterson was so good returning kicks and punts, it would not be surprising to see teams stop kicking to him. He set a school record with 257 total return yards on punts and kicks, and his 87 yard punt return touchdown was the sixth-longest in school history. If teams do stop kicking to him, how would the Tigers utilize that explosiveness? Simple, use him on offense.
According to head coach Les Miles, they are not ruling out that possibility.
"We would consider using him on offense," Miles said. "The issue is the number of snaps and what you are going to get out of him at a key time on defense. The opportunity to keep him on the field and play in crunch time on the defensive side in the back end of the game also certainly has priority.
"We have thought about that. We're not ready to commit to that with the idea that his number of snaps will be a great number as we go forward."
Utilizing Peterson on offense, even if only as a decoy for some packages, would help stretch out a defense and allow quarterback Jordan Jefferson to move in the pocket to make a play. Put him on a well-blocked end around, and you can go ahead and add six to the scoreboard for the Bayou Bengals. Despite scoring 30 points, LSU's offense was not impressive against the Tar Heels. They were held scoreless in the second half by a defense that was missing seven starters due to eligibility issues. If those offensive woes continue, Peterson might be the energizer to end them.
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