LSU tight end: Alabama linebackers are 'slow'

Anyone who has watched an Alabama game this season would argue that the team's linebacker corps is one of the strengths of the team.

Apparently, LSU's Deangelo Peterson hasn't seen what the rest of the nation has viewed throughout the 2011 season.

The Tigers senior tight end provided some bulletin-board material heading into the team's showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night.

“I think I can play a big role because I feel like their linebackers can’t guard me one-on-one, and I don’t think their safeties can either,” Peterson said. “If the ball comes my way, I’ll make an opportunity with it.”

“The [linebackers] are slow. They’re big. I don’t think they can run with me. I feel like I can get open against their linebackers.”

Call it confidence. Call it being naive. But the 6-4, 243-pound Peterson certainly will have a tough battle awaiting him at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Tide is No. 1 in the nation in pass defense efficiency, having allowed only four touchdowns and 135.6 yards per game. Linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw are large linebackers at 260 and 265 pounds, respectively, but both have coverage skills despite being excellent run stoppers.

Peterson, meanwhile, has good speed and is third on LSU in receiving with 12 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Certainly, because of these comments, we'll be watching Peterson a little more closely on Saturday night.

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