Countdown 2007: Websider Impact Players - #11

Aggie Websider takes a look at 25 players who can make the biggest impact for the Aggies this year. These rankings are not based on talent, but rather, what contributions can be made by individuals to put Texas A&M back among the nation's elite programs. No. 11? Junior defensive back Jordan Peterson.

Texas A&M defensive back Jordan Peterson will always be remembered for giving up the game-winning touchdown against Texas Tech—until he breaks up a potential game-winning touchdown for an opponent. That's going to happen at some point and that's why Peterson is at No. 11 on the list of 2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players.

Peterson's always been a big-time player starting in his days at Lexington High School (Lexington, Texas). He was a four-time all-district selection and was a first-team All-State defensive back. Texas Prep Xtra named him Central Texas MVP (all classifications) and 2A Player of the Year.

But his resume doesn't stop there.

What he's done so far

Peterson played in one game as a true freshman in 2005 but redshirted after being injured. He bounced back in 2006 though and recorded 30 tackles as a redshirt freshman (15 solo) and played in 11 of 12 games, making nine starts. He led the team with eight passes broken up, including four against Nebraska—his career high. Peterson also hauled in two interceptions (tied for team lead) and forced a fumble.

But regardless of those impressive numbers—which earned him Freshman All-Big 12 honors by The Sporting News and honorable mention All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press—many fans remember the game-winning touchdowns that he gave up against Nebraska (which was aided by a push-off by the receiver) and Texas Tech (a play that Peterson had perfect coverage on).

But Peterson doesn't remember either of those plays—which is also the reason for so many defensive gems. The ability to forget and move on is a trademark of the game's best defensive backs, and is also one of reasons that Peterson was elected as the lone sophomore on this year's Leadership Council.

Why he's important

Peterson showed flashes of brilliance in 2006 as a redshirt freshman. With a year under his belt in the Big 12 Conference, he could develop into a cornerback that Darnell can depend on to shut down a receiver. If he does develop into that trusted defensive back, that opens the door for more blitz packages as well, which the Wrecking Crew hasn't been able to use as much in recent years due to weak secondaries.

Combine a leader in the secondary like Peterson with an improved defensive line, and the "Wrecking Crew" could return to Kyle Field in 2007.

2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players
12. Devin Gregg, LB
13. Alton Dixon, LB
14. Misi Tupe, LB
15. Cyril Obiozor, C
16. Cody Wallace, C
17. Matt Szymanski, PK
18. Earvin Taylor, WR
19. Kirk Elder, OL
20. Corey Clark, OL
21. Pierre Brown, WR
22. Chris Yoder, OL
23. Yemi Babalola, OL
24. Kerry Franks, WR/KR
25. Justin Brantly, P

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