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Peterson living up to the hype

Originally Published: October 8, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

There was no transition. There was never going to be a transition. Adrian Peterson stepped right into the Oklahoma lineup and gave life to the legend that preceded him in Norman.

He arrived at 6-feet-2, 210 pounds, with a 4.4 40-yard-dash time and a bench press of 295 pounds. Those are numbers that most tailbacks would like to have when they leave college.

He arrived after a senior year at Palestine (Texas) High in which he rushed for 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns. He averaged nearly ...

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