Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:30
Will LSU’s Patrick Peterson be No. 1 in NFL draft?
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If Patrick Peterson wants to read what folks are writing about him, he need look no further than the first few lines of the countless mock drafts circulating around the Internet.

No defensive back has ever been selected No. 1 over-all in an NFL draft, but the LSU cornerback has become a trendy pick to possibly be the first.

"I hope I can be in play for the first pick, but it is what it is," said Peterson, who in training in his hometown of Pompano Beach, Fla. "I don't pay too much attention to the mock drafts. I'm just looking to get drafted and to put myself and the team who picks me in the position to win games.

"I just want this (draft) all to be over with. There are a lot of good names out there. Looks like I'm leading the class right now, but there are a lot of good guys who are definitely deserving to be No. 1."

Peterson said he achieved all the goals he went to LSU for.

"I wanted to win the Jim Thorpe and the Bednarik (awards)," said Peterson, who is passing up his senior season at LSU. "I wanted to give and run for the Heisman, but unfortunately Cam Newton won it. I don't want to be the next Charles Woodson, but I want to pattern my game after Charles Woodson, He can play each and every position on the field."

Woodson, a defensive back who also played a little offense at Michigan, edged Peyton Manning for the Heisman.

"I want to show the world that I can learn the scheme and understand the scheme as well, playing if they need me to play dime, corner, strong safety, rover -- I'm definitely down for it."

Peterson made a name for himself even before stepping foot on the LSU campus, though it was a different name.

Patrick Johnson was considered the nation's top cornerback in his recruiting class out of high school in Pompano Beach.  In August of 2008, before his freshman season, he changed his last name to Peterson, taking on his father's last name in place of his mother's maiden name. His parents have been together for 25 years, but didn't marry until Peterson was 17. He credits his father for helping him become the athlete that he is, joking that his dad has been helping train him for this moment "since I was in the womb,"

Former Tigers running back Stevan Ridley is training under Peterson's dad in Pompano Beach. Ridley is projected as a fourth-round pick.

What I can't figure out is how did then Florida coach Urban Meyer let Peterson get away?

LSU Baseball

No. 5 LSU overcame an early six-run deficit and took control of the game with a four-run eighth inning to hold off Nicholls State 12-8 in the Tigers' first road game of the season Wednesday night at Thibodaux.

The Tigers (16-1) improved to 40-22 all-time against the Colonels, who fell to 7-8 with the loss.

LSU wil open SEC play this weekend when No. 1 Florida travels to Baton Rouge. Game 1 will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised by CST.

Jimmy Dystra (3-0) was credited with the victory as he allowed one run and two hits in the seventh inning, but the star  of the game was right-hander Joe Broussard, who fired six stellar innings out of the bullpen,

After being pressed into duty during the Colonels six-run first inning the freshman surrendered only one run on five hits and struck out seven to keep the Tigers in the game before their bats took over.

Mikie Mahtook put the Tigers ahead 8-7 in the seventh inning with a RBI triple.

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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