LSU's Peterson named to AFCA Coaches' All American team

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

Offense

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

Defense

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.

Specialists

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.

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