Vols' Jones: Peterson is not Superman

September, 29, 2010
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Chalk this up to something you don’t hear every day, at least not publicly, from an opposing receiver getting ready to go up against LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Tennessee’s Gerald Jones, who missed the Vols' last three games after breaking a bone in his hand in the opener, said he’s like a “kid at a candy store” in anticipation of his return to the lineup and his matchup with Peterson.

“I watched film on them for two hours (Monday) because I was so eager,” said Jones, who led the Vols in receptions (46) and receiving yards (680) last season. “I am so ready for No. 7 (Peterson). I am ready for him. I watched him for a couple of hours (Monday).

“To be honest, I think a lot of people fear him because he’s so big. He’s 6-2, 220. He’s a pretty good athlete. He has his weaknesses, too. He’s not Superman. I’m going to give him my all, and it’s going to be a battle come Saturday.”

Actually, Peterson is closer to 6-foot than he is 6-2. He is pushing 220 pounds, and he’s a little better than a “pretty good athlete.” In fact, he might be the most explosive athlete in college football.

He’s been known to talk it up on the field, too. That’s a big part of his game.

So the Jones-Peterson matchup on Saturday at Tiger Stadium could make for some pretty good entertainment.

Chris Low | email

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