He's been described as a gazelle, capable of breaking long runs at any time. He runs a 4.3 40-yard dash. Yet his 6-2, 215-pound frame allows him to punish defenders as well. He is nicknamed AD, which stands for "All-Day". Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoopes says "I can't compare him to anyone else; I haven't seen anyone like him. He's a powerful, explosive back with great speed and great style. He's a tough, physical runner. Bottom line, until he was hurt, he's had a lot of success. It's not his fault that he got hurt. We plan to give him the ball a lot and hopefully he has a great year. He's incredibly physical. He's a guy who can run a 4.3 and weight 220 pounds. He absolutely destroys a weight room."
The greatest running back
Nothing has happened since then to cause one to question those high expectations.
In his first year in
When several seniors
graduated in 2004, Peterson would be counted on for leadership in the
Peterson heads into the Fiesta Bowl needing just 151 yards to become the top rusher in Sooner history. He's racked up 3,968 yards and scored 39 rushing touchdowns in his career. It is widely thought that he will leave the school early for the National Football League, foregoing his senior season.
How does a defense contain
an amazing talent like Peterson? Arm
tackling? Get outta' here. Hoping your secondary can catch him? Not a chance.
It takes a swarming defense playing close to the line of scrimmage to
limit his yards because once he gets past the line, Adrian
Peterson is like a speeding locomotive.
When he's healthy, very few teams have been able to hold him to less
than 100 yards as the game-by game synopsis of Peterson's
10/1 vs. Texas Tech—Peterson gained 146 yards and scored a touchdown as OU defeated Tech 28-18.
10/16 at Kansas State—Workhorse Peterson carried the ball 36 times for 130 yards as Oklahoma got by Kansas State 31-21.
11/6 at Texas A & M—AD once again went over the century mark (29 carries for 101 yards) as OU survived against A & M 42-35.
11/20 at Baylor—The fantastic freshman gained 240 yards and scored three TD's in a 35-0 whitewashing of Baylor.
12/4 vs. Colorado in the Big 12 Championship—Three more touchdowns for AD as he gained 172 yards on 28 carries in the 42-3 dismantling of Colorado.
9/3 vs. TCU—In the season opener, Peterson carried 22 times for 63 yards in a shocking 17-10 loss to the Horned Frogs.
9/10 vs. Tulsa—Peterson amassed 220 yards on 32 carries and scored three times as Oklahoma turned back Tulsa 31-15.
9/17 at UCLA—Peterson ran for 58 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as the Sooners lost to the Bruins 41-24.
10/8 vs. Texas—In the Red River battle, Peterson tried to play but carried just three times for ten yards as OU lost to Texas 45-12.
10/22 vs. Baylor—Peterson did not play against the Bears but OU prevailed 37-30.
11/12 vs. Texas A & M—Peterson carried 27 times for 135 yards and two TD's as the Sooners survived against A & M, 36-30.
11/19 at Texas Tech—Peterson gained over 100 yards (29 for 108) but OU fell to the Red Raiders 23-21.
11/26 vs. Oklahoma State—Against their in-state rival, Peterson gained 237 yards on 24 carries and scored twice.
9/2 vs. UAB—Peterson carried 24 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, leading the Sooners to a 24-17 win.
9/9 vs. Washington—In a close game, Peterson was a workhorse for OU, toting the ball 32 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns as Oklahoma finally broke away for a 37-20 win.
9/16 at Oregon—In
Peterson's only 2006 game away from the south, he ran for 211 yards on 34
carries (6.2 yard average) and one touchdown against the Ducks. Thanks to a official's blown call,