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Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson heading to Senior Bowl

Oklahoma State standout cornerback Kevin Peterson has been selected to participate in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30.

Oklahoma State senior cornerback Kevin Peterson has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl, the organization announced Tuesday. The Reese's Senior Bowl invites the top 110 seniors and fourth-year junior graduates to participate in its practices, interview sessions and game. The Reese's Senior Bowl will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Peterson, who attended high school in Wagoner, Okla., was one of 15 national semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award. He is a four-year letterwinner and was voted a 2015 team captain by his teammates. His 35 career starts mark the most of any player on the Cowboys’ roster, including 10 starts this season, all 13 games as a junior and 11 as a sophomore.

The first team All-Big 12 selection was regularly put on an island with the opposing team’s top receiver this season. Peterson was a central figure in helping OSU limit Baylor’s Corey Coleman, TCU’s Josh Doctson and Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard all under 100 receiving yards.

Peterson also earned OSU’s outstanding defensive player award and was OSU’s defensive player of the game against Texas with five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss as he helped the Cowboys limit Texas to 48 yards in the second half on 34 snaps.

"When I came in, I was already hungry," Peterson said earlier this week when asked to recollect on his career. "I was ready to show everyone what I could do. You don't get as many shots to do that when you come from a small school like I did. Guys like Justin Gilbert really showed me that once you get to this level, everyone is on the same level as you. It's the same playing field, everyone has the same opportunity to do the same things. You have to put yourself above people."

Peterson's impressive career, which in many cases stands out because of what he didn't do. Most Big 12 offensive coordinators will tell you that Peterson had fewer chances in his career because the intent was not to throw at him. He will finish his career in the Sugar Bowl against Ole Miss and that will bring his football career at this stage of his life full circle.

"I have family there (in Louisiana) that have never seen me play football. I was four-foot something when I started playing my first year there and then we moved to Oklahoma," Peterson said. "It will be very special for me to go back and play there in front of so many friends and family.

"You always have some thoughts from certain games," Peterson added thinking back on his legacy at OSU. "You missed a tackle, you gave up a touchdown, things like that, but I don't regret anything that I've done here. This has been the most enjoyable part of my life. All of my best friends are here. I feel like I've been able to do the right things here to set myself up to continue on the right path for the rest of my life."

The hope now is that at least one more Cowboy will get an invite to the Senior Bowl as Emmanuel Ogbah is eligible as a fourth-year junior. He is one of the best defensive ends in the nation and he deserves it just as Peterson did.

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