Peterson Is Back And Ready To Go

Now fully recovered from a concussion he suffered in fall camp last year, OL Darius Peterson (6-6, 285) will hold down the left tackle spot for Hutch this fall...

"I got a concussion in fall camp last year and I made the decision to leave and go home to be with my family and heal up," Peterson told "I was cleared to play, but I just thought it was best for me to go and get everything back to 100% before I came back.

"Now that I'm back, I'm ready to go and I can't wait to get back on the field with my teammates."

As a freshman in 2012, Peterson didn't play much, but he was a contributor on special teams, so he's looking forward to getting on the field and showing teams what he can do.

"I'll be playing left tackle for us this year, so I know I have my work cut out of me," Peterson said. "We face great talent rushing the quarterback every week here and against some of the guys I face every day in practice so you have to bring it every week and that's what I'm planning to do."

On the recruiting front, Peterson has seen plenty of schools show him some interest, but none have extended offers to this point.

"I think everyone just wants to get a look at me this summer and also to start the season before they start to offer," Peterson noted. "I have been talking them most with Arkansas, Cincinnati, Oklahoma Sate and Kentucky, but there have been a bunch of other schools that have stopped by and I've talked with them a little too."

A native of Salina, Kansas, Peterson enjoyed a solid prep career, but was unable to get qualified to receive a scholarship to a four-year program, so he decided to join the Blue Dragons in the hopes of continuing his football career.

"From a location standpoint, it was just a lot more convenient for me to go to Hutch," Peterson said. "I also liked the coaches and felt like the team here was family and that was something I really wanted."

In addition to his work on the football field, Peterson has put in the time in the classroom as well and he will finish up his AA degree this fall. He will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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