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Deangelo Peterson made waves this week when he stated that the Alabama linebackers were going to be too slow to cover him this weekend in pass coverage. These words might come back to haunt him.
Peterson has a tremendous skill set at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. He does have the potential to create mismatches in certain formations. However, there was no need to give the vaunted Tide defense any more motivation.
For the season, Peterson has 12 receptions for 137 yards and one touchdown.
Brad Smelley has accumulated 16 receptions for 165 yards and one touchdown. Much like Peterson he has a solid skill set for a player his size. Peterson is a greater deep threat, but Smelley is a viable option on any third down situation. Twelve of his 16 catches have been first down receptions.
LSU gets the point, but only by the smallest margin.
DJ Fluker was rated as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation coming out of high school by Rivals.com. Now, in his sophomore season, he is starting to live up to the hype. Fluker has started all eight games this season has improved with each game. The massive 6-foot-6, 335-pound Fluker was voted to the preseason All-SEC team by the league’s coaches.
I am not sure if I would place him on the All-SEC team this season, but he is clearly in the conversation.
Alex Hurst has been nicknamed “Big Clyde” by his LSU teammates. One look at his massive 6-foot-6, 340-pound frame and you understand why. Hurst excels in the weight room and is a terror on the football field.
Hurst was also named to the coaches All-SEC preseason team. He has played well all season and his imposing frame is a one of the key reasons that the Tigers have worn down teams in the second half. This position is a push.