Notebook: The Wall and Peterson

The Williams Wall has alleged that they are being tested more than randomly, but another player caught up in the StarCaps case says that hasn't happened to him. Plus, Adrian Peterson sees what he missed out on in college, and he and his running mate in the NFL helped the Vikings to place highly among NFL backfields.

While Pat Williams and Kevin Williams continue to sit and wait for their cases to meander through the court system, another NFL player caught up in the StarCaps case doesn't share their feelings of being singled out.

Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister was also part of the StarCaps case against the NFL, but the Williamses alleged that the league improperly tested them at least three times a month while their court case was ongoing. They said the tests were in excess of what testing policies allow under the collective bargaining agreement.

"I maybe was tested 'on a random basis' six or seven times last season ... sometimes after games, sometimes when I came to the (training) facility and found a note in my cubicle telling me to do so," McAllister said. "But nah, I didn't feel that way. But I understand their feelings and comments."

The Williamses are the only two players that had parts of their cases sent back to state court in Minnesota when the federal court mostly sided with the NFL in the players' appeal of their four-game suspensions.

Saints defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant are also appealing their four-game suspensions. The five players are accused of using the diuretic StarCaps that was spiked with the banned substance bumetanide, an ingredient that wasn't listed on the label.


Vikings running back Adrian Peterson became an instant NFL superstar, breaking the league's single-game rushing record in his rookie season and leading the league in rushing last year. But there is one thing Peterson didn't get in college – a Heisman Trophy.

According to reports out of Oklahoma, Peterson was visiting Reggie Bush's house in Los Angeles and the trophy caught Peterson's attention.

"I found myself walking up the steps, and I looked down right at this big Heisman Trophy just sitting in this real nice case," Peterson said during his football camp for kids in Oklahoma last week. "I wanted to ask him where Matt Leinart was so I could go over there and take mine. But it's all good. It is what it is."

Leinart, the former USC quarterback, won the Heisman in 2004 when Peterson set an NCAA freshman record with 1,925 yards rushing. Bush won the award the following year, but Peterson has easily outperformed both of the former USC stars in the NFL.

Peterson told the media assembled at his camp that he didn't even want to talk about coming up short of the national championship during his freshman year.

But there was at least one humorous moment during his camp for about 400 kids ages 7 to 14. On the field, Peterson avoided blitzers and threw several passes during his camp, according to media reports, including a couple interceptions. Maybe that's why, when Peterson asked one youngster which position he'd play on the kid's team, the youngster said running back – not exactly the "quarterback" answer Peterson was hoping for.

Apparently Peterson is also preparing for more flexibility in his role this season.

"We picked up Percy Harvin, so we're going to be running a lot of different scat formations ... maybe Wildcat," Peterson said. "We might just throw that in there some. So, you guys just might see me on Sundays throwing the ball, too."

RUNNERS-UP has been running positional rankings for each of the NFL's 32 teams. The Vikings quarterback situation, sans Brett Favre, checked in at No. 30. The running backs were almost opposite that, receiving a second-place ranking.

Carolina's backfield of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart finished first in the backfield rankings, which took into account depth and the fullback situation.

Here is what the article said about the Vikings' running backs situation:

"Kudos to Brad Childress for finally giving the game's best back the keys full-time last season, though many Vikings fans wondered what took so long. But Adrian Peterson showed he was definitely worthy with an NFL rushing crown in his second season. His only issues are an occasional case of the fumbles (which occur mainly out of fighting for extra yards when none are there, something that can be cured) and the eight-nine man fronts he routinely faces due to the team's suspect QB situation — thus, explaining Childress' dance with Brett Favre. Behind Peterson, Taylor is a strong No. 2 back and you may recall rookie Ian Johnson, who famously proposed during a BCS on FOX telecast while back at Boise State. Ultimately, the best medicine for this running game would be a legitimate passing game."

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