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The Cardinal Countdown: 29 Days Until Kickoff

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#29 Tabarius Peterson

Class: RS Senior

Ht/Wt: 6-3/260

Position: Defensive Line

Hometown: Tucker, GA

Twitter: @tpduckin

Thoughts: Harmony and understanding, Sympathy and trust abounding, No more falsehoods or derisions, Golden living dreams of visions, Mystic crystal revelation, And the mind’s true liberation….Tabarius….TABARIUS (big shout out to all three people who followed that joke from the jump. You’re my people. For those still lost, go buy some records).

What can I say about Peterson that we haven't already covered in six seasons? We know what we’re getting from the “steady-Eddy” end who does his job each week. Tabarius announced he would be coming back for a sixth season late last year and I was excited to have someone back on the field who I think can still be a big contributor along the line and can actually get better than what we’ve seen in seasons past.

Even though Peterson saw action in nine games last year and started all nine of those contests, he only capped off the season with 15 tackles and a single sack. For the guy coming off the end I’m looking for a bit more, and we know he has it in the tank because we saw larger production in the two seasons prior in terms of not only tackles but getting in the backfield. I think the staff and Tabarius both know this as well which is why Puryear and Peterson are looking at 1-1A right now on the depth chart. If Puryear wins the job to start the season there is no doubt he will have earned it but it could also light a small fire under Peterson to get back to those 2018 and 2019 numbers we saw before. His skill and experience can be a huge boost for Ivey and Brown in 2021 and he didn’t come back to just hang out. I think we see him turn it up to 11 again this year. One could say this is the dawning of the age of Tabarius.

Sweet Tweet:

For sure. I mean, Pitt was probably thinking “we did our job, now Louisville will do the nice thing and kindly punt it back to our fellow Panther so he can attempt to return the ball” but then Satt said “nah” and Peterson broke one off for 31 yards.