Peterson Named to Coaches' All-America Team

LSU's Patrick Peterson
LSU's Patrick Peterson
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BATON ROUGE - LSU's Patrick Peterson has been named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team, the group announced on Monday.

Peterson, a junior from Pompano Beach, Fla., is one of four players from the Southeastern Conference on the team as he's joined by South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Auburn offensive lineman Lee Ziemba, and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

The AFCA All-America team, established in 1945, is selected exclusively by the head football coaches in each division. It's the only All-America team that is chosen specifically by coaches.

Peterson becomes the ninth first-team All-America selection at LSU under head coach Les Miles. He's also the 67th first-team All-America selection in school history.

"This is tremendous and well-deserved honor for Patrick," Miles said. "He truly is one of the best all-around players in college football and he's a big reason for our success this year."

Peterson excelled both as a cornerback and return specialist for the Tigers this year. Defensively, he played a key role for a Tiger unit that ranked in the top 10 in the nation in three categories - scoring defense (17.8), total defense (301.7) and pass defense (165.8).

Peterson finished the regular season with 36 tackles and he ranked fifth in the SEC in interceptions with four. He added 1.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and a blocked field goal.

As LSU's return specialist, Peterson ranked second in the SEC and sixth in the nation in punt returns with a 16.1 average and he was second in the league and 10th in the country in kickoff returns with a 29.3 average. Peterson returned 26 punts for 418 yards and a pair of scores and he added 851 yards in kickoff returns. The 851 yards is the school record, while the 418 yards in punt returns ranks No. 6 in school history.

2010 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team

Pos, Name, Ht., Wt., Cl., School, Hometown
WR, Justin Blackmon, 6-1, 205, So., Oklahoma St., Ardmore, Okla.
WR, Alshon Jeffery, 6-4, 233, So., South Carolina, St. Matthews, S.C.
TE, Lance Kendricks, 6-4, 241, Sr., Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.
OL, Lee Ziemba, 6-8, 319, Sr., Auburn, Rogers, Ark.
OL, Rodney Hudson, 6-2, 282, Sr., Florida St., Mobile, Ala.
C, Chase Beeler, 6-3, 285, Sr., Stanford, Jenks, Okla.
OL, Stefen Wisniewski, 6-3, 306, Sr., Penn St., Bridgeville, Pa.
OL, Gabe Carimi, 6-7, 327, Sr., Wisconsin, Cottage Grove, Wis.
QB, Cam Newton, 6-6, 250, Jr., Auburn, College Park, Ga.
RB, Kendall Hunter, 5-8, 200, Sr., Oklahoma St, Tyler, Texas
RB, LaMichael James, 5-9, 185, So., Oregon, Texarkana, Texas

Pos, Name, Ht., Wt., Cl., School, Hometown
DL, Da'Quan Bowers, 6-4, 275, Jr., Clemson, Bamberg, S.C.
DL, Adrian Clayborn, 6-4, 285, Sr., Iowa, St. Louis, Mo.
DL, Jabaal Sheard, 6-4, 260, Sr., Pittsburgh, HollywoodHills,Fla.
DL, Ryan Kerrigan, 6-4, 263, Sr., Purdue, Muncie, Ind.
LB, Luke Kuechly, 6-3, 235, So., Boston College, Cincinnati, Ohio
LB, Greg Jones*, 6-1, 240, Sr., Michigan St., Cincinnati, Ohio
LB, Tank Carder, 6-3, 237, Jr., TCU, Sweeny, Texas
DB, Reggie Rembert, 5-8, 185, Sr., Air Force, Flower Mound, Texas
DB, Patrick Peterson, 6-1, 222, Jr., LSU, Pompano Beach, Fla.
DB, Prince Amukamara, 6-1, 205, Sr., Nebraska, Glendale, Ariz.
DB, Quinton Carter, 6-1, 200, Sr., Oklahoma, Las Vegas, Nev.

Pos, Name, Ht., Wt., Cl., School, Hometown
P, Kyle Martens, 6-6, 200, Jr., Rice, Spearfish, S.D.
PK, Will Snyderwine, 5-11, 190, Jr., Duke, Potomac, Md.
AP, Owen Marecic, 6-1, 244, Sr., Stanford, Tigard, Ore.

* 2009 All-American




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