Tag:Patrick Peterson
Posted on: October 1, 2010 3:49 pm

The Saturday Meal Plan

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet.  Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Saturday in the bathroom.


Main Course - Clemson vs. #16 Miami - Noon - ESPN2

Okay, so once again breakfast has a lot of weak sauce in it this week, but we promise you that lunch and dinner are going to be a lot better.  Just remember what your mom used to tell you: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So eat this up because you're going to need it to help prepare you for the rest of the day.

Just beware that while the Miami looks good using too much Jacory Harris in it can cause indigestion.

Side Orders: This morning we offer some sides that should fill you up, but will probably leave you hating yourself for eating it later.  There's Ohio State steamrolling Illinois, and our "Ninth Place in the SEC" special, Mississippi and Kentucky.   If you already hate yourself, try some of the Minnesota and Northwestern.


Main Course - #8 Oklahoma vs. #21 Texas - 3:30pm - ABC

Now that you've choked down your breakfast we can reward you with the real food for the day.  We're offering our Red River Rivalry this afternoon which is chock full of red meat deliciousness.   Just remember that the Longhorn can be somewhat tough and inconsistent. 

Texas has a lot on their plate this week, as they are coming off a rather embarrassing loss at home to UCLA last week, and a similar performance against Oklahoma this weekend could destroy the rest of their season. 

Side Orders: If you're not sure you can handle all the beef in our main course we do offer plenty of other options this afternoon.  There's Michigan State hosting Wisconsin in a game that will give us a better idea of what either team is really about this season.  There's also North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, or if offenses that set the game of football back 80 years are more your style, there's always LSU and Tennessee.   My advice is to just watch Patrick Peterson in that game.


Main Course - #1 Alabama vs. #7 Florida - 8pm - CBS

We didn't lead you astray with our Alabama and Arkansas last week, and we promise you that this week's Florabama won't disappoint either.  Alabama has already faced it's first real test of the season, but this week they are the test.  Florida is 4-0 but didn't wow any of the critics until last week's Trey Burton-centric dismantling of Kentucky.

If the Gators can manage to get past the Tide they'll officially be back in the national championship picture.

Side Orders: It's not a bad night when your second choice features another two top ten teams.  If fowl is more your taste, then try the Oregon and Stanford.   The Pac-10 doesn't have a championship game, yet, but this game basically is just that.  Two high-scoring offenses finally get to test two defenses that have proven sturdy thus far.  If you prefer something a bit more old-fashioned we're also offering Iowa and Penn State.

Late Night Snacks

Nevada and Colin Kaepernick are two things you'll probably be hearing about quite a bit in the coming weeks, as they're essentially the last thing standing between Boise State and an undefeated season.  So why not check them out when they travel to Vegas to take on UNLV?
Posted on: September 30, 2010 5:22 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 5:24 pm

LSU's Peterson practicing on offense

Posted by Chip Patterson

A few weeks ago, LSU head coach Les Miles had no plans of using cornerback Patrick Peterson anywhere other than on defense and to return kicks.  After watching him fly up and down the field on special teams, Miles admitted that using him on offense would certainly be worth a consideration.

Now after seeing an arguably impotent offense limp off the field to a sea of boo's from the home crowd in Tiger Stadium, Miles is starting to reconsider the possibilities of using the athletic junior.  All this week in practice Peterson has been taking snaps with the first team offense from a variety of different positions.  

"Patrick Peterson has gotten some snaps on offense," Miles revealed Wednesday night after practice. "I don't know when he'll be ready, but there are some thought processes for him on offense."  

"On offense," he said. "He could play a number of spots for us in addition to a full slate of special teams and defense. I think he could play tailback to be honest with you, certainly receiver."

Peterson ran a 4.3 40-yard dash in the spring, and has already returned nine punts for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns, good for second best in the nation.  The Shreveport Times also pointed out that the LSU has their own version of the Wildcat (Wild Tiger), and suggested that might be one place to utilize Peterson.

Regardless, if you have seen Peterson fly across the field this season you realize this is good news for football fans.  He is an phenomenal talent and a thrill to watch.  He carries that Devin Hester-type excitement where every time he touches the ball, you know there is a chance he could take it to the house.  

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:35 am

LSU picks up win and a QB controversy

Posted by Tom Fornelli

LSU was able to move to 4-0 on the season with a 20-14 win over West Virginia on Saturday night in Baton Rouge, but they may have also picked up a quarterback controversy in the process.  Make no mistake about it, LSU did not win because of anything Jordan Jefferson or the offense did, but more in spite of them.

The Tigers offense finished the game with only 229 yards of offense, with 125 of them coming via Stevan Ridley' s legs.  Other than Ridley, there was a bit left to be desired.

Particularly with Jefferson, who finished the night 10 of 22 with 76 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.  There were also a couple more passes that should have been picked off, and Jefferson heard plenty of boos from the home crowd before the game was over.  In fact, in a key drive late in the fourth quarter, Les Miles put backup Jarrett Lee in for Jefferson.

A move Miles may want to consider making for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Saturday night marked the third consecutive game in which Jefferson did not throw a touchdown and he didn't inspire much confidence in the rest of his team.  If it wasn't for a very strong LSU defense and the punt return stylings of one Patrick Peterson, this game would have turned out a bit differently.

LSU has a defense strong enough to win the SEC, it's just that with Jefferson starting at quarterback it's clear the offense isn't good enough to carry its share of the load.  Giving Lee a shot next week -- at the very least a share of the snaps -- against Tennessee couldn't hurt.
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: September 9, 2010 9:47 am

Miles: Would consider using Peterson on offense

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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