Alabama lost three games last year, a disappointing defense of their 13th National Championship in the eyes of the fans, the players and the coaches. One of those losses was a stinging 27-24 loss at the hands of LSU. The loss formally ended any chance of the Tide repeating as national champs. As a result of the 2010 season performance, the team adopted a slogan for the 2011 season:
Those two words are plastered all over the weight room and facilities used by the players and the coaches. It has served as more than adequate motivation for the team to execute a nearly flawless season so far, going 8-0 and facing the biggest challenge of the season in top ranked LSU Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
You would think that LSU football players would have the wisdom (or the guidance) to avoid putting any more bulletin board material out there, but Tiger Tight End DeAngelo Peterson isn’t keeping quiet. The player who took a 4th-and-1 end around sweep 23 yards to set up a decisive 4th quarter score tossed some red meat out there yesterday. Not once, but twice.
After a relatively quiet two-week buildup, the senior from New Orleans threw down the bulletin board gauntlet in interviews Tuesday night.
"I think I can play a big role because I feel like their linebackers can't guard me one-on-one, and I don't think their safeties can either," Peterson said. "If the ball comes my way, I'll make an opportunity with it."
And Peterson kept going. Asked why he liked the matchup, he said simply, "They're slow. They're big. I don't think they can run with me. I feel like I can get open against their linebackers."
Peterson made some similar comments in another interview with a television station.
Here’s the “big, slow” CJ Mosley outrunning Florida speedster Jeff Demps against the Gators last year.
Here’s the “big, slow” Courtney Upshaw outrunning everyone to the endzone after his interception against the Florida Gators this year.
Of course, if DeAngelo Peterson was a tad faster, wouldn’t he be playing wide receiver?