Peterson Nabs Bednarik, Thorpe Awards

Patrick Peterson pulled off a rare feat this week, taking home a slew of honors to cap off what could be his final season of college football.

In 2007 Glenn Dorsey stockpiled trophies, taking home the Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, the Lott Trophy and the Lombardi Award, making him the only player to have won all four awards.

The Tigers also won a National Championship in the same season.

From Dorsey’s crop to the crystal ball to a Heisman Trophy, the entrance room of the LSU Football Operations Building is littered with the memories of what makes Tiger football great.

Seated alongside his parents and head coach Les Miles, junior cornerback Patrick Peterson traveled to Orlando on Thursday for the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards, where he was up for the Thorpe Award, the annual award for the nation’s best defensive back, and Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to college football’s most outstanding defensive player.

By night’s end, Miles knew it was time to make a call for more wood and glass.

LSU was going to need to build another display case in the entrance room.

In a season where he Peterson finished with 36 tackles and four interceptions on defense and a school-record 851 kick return yards on special teams, the junior is bringing both awards back to Baton Rouge.

“It’s an honor to be the first player at LSU to win these awards,” said Peterson. “One of my goals at the beginning of the season was to win this award and be the best I could possibly be. I am very thankful for this opportunity and I owe it to my coaches and my family for putting me in the best position to succeed.

“This experience is something I will never forget.”

Peterson becomes the second straight Thorpe Award winner out of the SEC, following Tennessee’s Eric Berry in 2009.

Thursday’s awards show capped off a week where Peterson became the first player in SEC history to win a combination of either SEC Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year and SEC Special Teams Player of the Year. Peterson earned his second All-America honor and became the first player since Dorsey and Craig Steltz in 2007 to receive Walter Camp All-America accolades.

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