of all the great games Patrick has played and of all the great plays he has made at LSU, if I were a Coach and wanted to demonstrate what being a world class D-back is to a player at the high school or university level, the tape I would show the young fellow would be the reel from Saturday - - every matchup of Peterson and Jones.
It went like this from my view.
1. Bama brought in Julio Jones who will undoubtedly be the first receiver chosen in the NFL draft barring an injury before the draft.
2. The receiver always has an advantage over a DB because the wideout knows where he is going and the DB does not.
3. Julio Jones did in fact run some exceptional routes Saturday (he has really developed as a route runner) and Julio Jones did catch some balls while #7 was covering him, BUT on each and every single occasion, even in the end zone, Patrick Peterson "hammered" Julio Jones unmercifully, bringing a huge hit, made Jones pay dearly, a huge price, for each reception.
4. In Bama's last possession, a pass was thrown to Julio Jones. It was a perfect pass. If was right in Jones hands.
#7 was not in the coverage on Jones on that play.
JONES DROPPED THE PASS.
Jones was hearing "footsteps" and was sore from his rib cage to his ankles from the huge hits #7 had made on him all day.
There is a great lesson for a DB to learn from watching the isolated reel of the Jones-Peterson matchup - - just watching a reel of those plays.
Two great players. Jones had some receptions but Peterson knocked his lights out each and every time and by the end of the fourth quarter this great receiver (probably the best in the NCAA at the moment) flat ouftdropped a perfectly thrown ball that was in his hands.
Peterson inflicted "combat fatigue" on Julio Jones. By the end of the game, Jones (who had made some great plays as he is a great player) was literally shell shocked by the punishment Peterson administered all day.The lesson any DB could learn from that reel is obvious. A great DB will bring the whole load every single down and sooner or later the DB will have rung the receiver's bell so hard and so often that the receiver will drop perfectly thrown passes.
**** I did not write this. This was posted on Dandydon.com by an an anonymous poster. I just thought this was a good read ****