Defensive player of the year: Wagoner's Kevin Peterson pays close attention to detail

ALL-STATE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Kevin Peterson, who has committed to OU, has an unchanging pregame routine, right down to his meal and the way he dresses.
BY RYAN ABER Published: January 1, 2012

So he did something about it.

He took the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown, lifting Wagoner to a 21-17 win.

“That kind of mentality, that he was going to make up for it and do something big to get his team a win, is what sets Kevin apart,” Condict said.

It was Peterson's favorite moment of the season until the state title game win over Clinton.

In that game, a 23-0 win, Peterson turned in his signature play with an 86-yard touchdown run late in the first half that put the Bulldogs ahead 9-0.

Since running for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns in that game while locking things down on defense, Peterson's life has been a whirlwind.

Despite early offers from Arizona, Oregon State, Tulsa and Iowa State, Peterson decided not to commit before or during the season.

“A lot of people in that process, probably me included, would've committed to someone and then if a better chance comes along, jump on that later,” Condict said. “There are plenty of reasons why you could do that and nobody would think anything of it but it's just not Kevin.”

So Peterson was patient. After the season, he visited Tulsa. As he killed time at Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow following the visit, Bob Stoops called. The Oklahoma coach extended an offer.

A week later, Peterson took an official visit to Norman and committed to the Sooners.

“I'm the type of person that if I commit somewhere, I'm committed,” Peterson said. “I'm not going to back out. I knew if I could prove myself through the playoffs, good things would come my way.”


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