Adrian Peterson is still the darling of the college football
world. This week he was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, the
Cingular/ABC Player of the Week and the Maxwell Player of the Week.
AD is still ranked number one or two in every Heisman poll that you see.
And unless he falls apart, it looks like he and
Jason White will both be
making a trip to New York City for the Heisman ceremonies.
Recently, after practice, AD as humble as ever talked to OUInsider.com for
the Two Minute Drill.
JH: You had your longest run of the season (80 yards) against
Oklahoma State. Are things
beginning to slow down for you enough that you are seeing the field
AD: “I think that things are beginning to get better for me. The holes
have been there for me and I can think of so many situations where I got
tripped up or just missed getting totally through the hole. I think this
past week that things worked out for us and I got through the holes
better. The holes were there and I had a chance to get between them. This
week we are going to be even better.”
JH: On that 80-yard run it wasn’t totally clean for you, as you had to
do a complete spin at the line of scrimmage. The hole wasn’t totally there
at the beginning was it?
AD: “The hole was there, but when I hit up in there the cornerback or a
defensive tackle or somebody had moved over in there. So, I decided to
spin to see if I could avoid the tackle, and I guess that move is becoming
a second effort for me. It worked so I will use that move again. To be
honest, I don’t know when I am going to use it or not. You can’t plan
moves, so it doesn’t make any difference because I am running on natural
JH: Did you know who you spun away from?
AD: “No, sir. I didn’t.”
JH: It was XLK, a 340-pound plus defensive lineman. What do you think
AD: “Oh, well. I just kept my feet moving and spun around. It doesn’t
matter how big he is if he doesn’t have a good hold on me. My job is to
make sure they don’t have a good hold on me because players at this level
can tackle well. If they get a good hold on you then it is tough to get
JH: You had 33 carries this past week and 36 the week before. Aare you
still strong at the end of the game?
AD: “I think I am still feeling pretty good.”
JH: You are not sore after games or more sore than normal now that you
are carrying the football a bunch?
AD: “I guess I am sore on Monday, but it is not too bad.”
JH: How long does it take you to bounce back?
AD: “I totally rest on Sunday because by Monday we are back watching film
and it is time to get it going again. I am OK by Monday.”
JH: “You are the National Player of the Week for a couple of different
services. What do you think of the honors?
AD: “I think it is pretty cool. I give all the credit to my offensive
linemen, who are the best group of linemen in the country. I also give
credit to the receivers and all the other guys who block for me. They make
every run possible for me. I really don’t think about the awards that
much, but if they are going to give them to me it is a great honor.”