Honors & Awards
Peterson teamed with fellow senior Nate Swift to give Nebraska one of the top 1-2 receiving tandems in the Big 12 in 2008. Peterson finished with 62 receptions, the third-highest total in school history. Together, the receiving duo helped Nebraska rank among the nation’s top 20 teams in passing, scoring and total offense. Peterson’s 786 receiving yards ranked sixth on the Nebraska season charts. His career totals of 108 receptions and 1,602 receiving yards each rank fourth in Nebraska history.
Peterson caught at least three passes in every game in 2008 and surpassed 50 receiving yards in nine of 13 games. He was at his best in Big 12 play, hauling in 43 of his receptions, including seven for 81 yards against Missouri and a career-high eight catches for 77 yards at Texas Tech, when he caught a 17-yard touchdown in the waning seconds of the game to force overtime. On the game-tying drive, Peterson had three catches for 39 yards. He had five catches each against Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas, and capped his career with four catches for a career-high 96 yards and a touchdown in the Gator Bowl.
Off the field, Peterson continued to rack up the honors and accolades as a senior. A December graduate, Peterson carried a 3.763 cumulative grade-point average in nutritional science and dietetics. He and fellow senior Tyler Wortman were both chosen as second-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans, increasing Nebraska’s nation-leading total in that department. Peterson also earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors for the fourth straight season, becoming just the eighth player in school history to be a four-time first-team academic all-conference honoree.
Peterson had a season-high five catches for 74 yards against USC, including fourth-quarter touchdown catches of 20 and 18 yards. He added three catches for 43 yards against Ball State, then had a season-long 44-yard catch vs. Oklahoma State.
Peterson had two catches for 59 yards at Kansas, before hauling in four passes for a career-high 85 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas State. His effort helped NU to a school-record 519 passing yards and seven touchdowns. He closed the year with two catches for 46 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown catch at Colorado. Peterson also played on NU coverage units and had three tackles, including two against Ball State.
Peterson experienced a career game while helping NU earn a come-from-behind win at Texas A&M. He led the Huskers with season highs of seven receptions for 82 yards. In addition to a second-quarter touchdown against the Aggies, Peterson also recorded two key catches on the game-winning drive, including a crucial 22-yard reception on a 4th-and-3 play. Peterson had two catches for 72 yards against Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game, including a career-long 48-yard grab.
2005 (Redshirt Freshman)
Peterson recorded catches in each of NU’s last three games. In his first career start at Colorado, he tied his season high with three receptions for 54 yards, including a season-long 38-yarder that set up a second-quarter touchdown. In the Alamo Bowl, Peterson caught a two-point conversion from Zac Taylor to pull NU within 28-25 in the fourth quarter.
Before Nebraska (Central Catholic HS)
In basketball, Peterson finished as the second-leading scorer in school history. He also qualified in four events for the state track meet his senior year. He set the school record with a high jump of 6-8 1/2, while adding a school-best mark in the 55-meter intermediate hurdles. He was a member of a school-record 4x100-meter relay squad, and set the school mark for career points scored on the track. Grand Island Central Catholic won the Class C-1 state title in 2004. Peterson also excelled in the classroom, earning academic all-state honors in all three sports. He finished his senior year with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and ranked first in his class.
Peterson's Career Statistics Year G/S No. Yds. Y/R Y/G Long TDs 2004 Redshirted 2006 14/2 19 307 16.2 21.9 48 vs. Oklahoma 2 2007 12/2 18 359 19.9 29.9 44 vs. Okla. St. 5 Totals 49/17 108 1,602 32.7 48 vs. Oklahoma 13
48 vs. Oklahoma
44 vs. Okla. St.
48 vs. Oklahoma