LSU's Peterson to enter NFL Draft

BATON ROUGE - LSU's All-America cornerback Patrick Peterson will forgo his senior season at enter the NFL Draft, he announced on Monday at a press conference on the LSU campus.

Peterson, a junior from Pompano Beach, Fla., is considered one of the top five overall prospects in the year's NFL Draft.

As a junior in 2010, Peterson became one of the most decorated players in school history, earning the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back and the Bednarik Award as the top defender in college football. Peterson was also the Southeastern Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year in 2010.

A consensus All-America in 2010, Peterson wrapped up his junior season with the Tigers with 42 tackles, six pass breakups, and four interceptions on defense. On special teams, Peterson set the LSU single-season record for kickoff return yards with 932 yards. He ranked second in the SEC and among the top 10 in the nation in punt returns with a 16.1 average on 26 returns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.

For his career, Peterson played in 39 games, starting 30 times. He recorded 135 tackles, 22 pass breakups and seven interceptions on defense. As a return specialist, he finished with 418 punt returns yards and two touchdowns to go with 932 kickoff return yards.

Peterson scored touchdowns three different ways during his career with the Tigers - punt returns (2), interception return, and return of a blocked field goal.

(Courtesy: LSU Athletics Department)