August 29, 2007

Overcoming all odds

These days, it takes a special kind of player to be able to make it to the level of Division I football, much less survive for four years.

So when your own coach admits you don't have the typical size play at the major college level, there's nothing you can do but prove them wrong. Even while battling stints in the trainer's room.

That's what Nathan Peterson has faced during his career at Oklahoma State. Now a senior, Peterson has dealt with rough times while in Stillwater. A promising freshman year was de-railed by a knee injury six games into the season. In 2005, he only played in nine games and had more bouts with the injury bug. But last year, he played all 13 games en route to a 28 tackle, eight sack campaign.

Not bad for a guy who is supposedly not big enough. To normal people, a 6-2, 240-pound guy is a big dude. But not on the defensive line. Even so, he made an impact at the position for the Pokes last season, earning an honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from coaches and the Associated Press.
"It's been tough," said Peterson of his overall career at OSU, "but it's the most exciting time to be a senior coming into a season where all this talk is going around."

While things like knee injuries and missing bunches of games might weaken the will of a player, that hasn't been the case for the Tulsa Union standout. If anything, it's made him work that much harder.

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