October 30, 2011
Peterson not surprised by Miller's heroics
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For most people watching Braxton Miller's fourth quarter performance on Saturday night, the game signified a coming-out-party of sorts. For Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne junior two-way lineman Lovell Peterson, it was simply more of the same. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect is a childhood friend of Miller's and shared a huddle with Miller the past two years at Wayne.
"It was crazy," said Peterson, of the atmosphere. "When Braxton (Miller) threw that last touchdown pass the entire crowd went crazy."
Peterson has seen more than his fair share of big plays from Miller, and sitting behind the Ohio State bench and watching his friend do it on the 'big stage' was a thrilling experience.
"I felt like I was down there with him, playing with him," Peterson said. "It felt like the state championship game all over again, just with a different ending."
Much is being made of Miller's calm demeanor as he took the field down two points with just over a minute to play. Peterson joked after the game about that with another former Wayne standout.
"I was talking to Donnie Evege after the game and I was like 'dude you've got to get Braxton to smile sometime'," Peterson joked. "He's so calm in the game, it's amazing."
Though Miller is not someone who wears his emotions on his sleeve, that doesn't mean his teammates don't have confidence in him.
"Well I know he will do whatever it takes to get the job done," he said. "I have faith in him, playing with him my last two years. I'm confident that he will do whatever it takes and I like that about him."
Peterson holds an early verbal offer from Illinois but is hearing from many top programs around the nation. Peterson has maintained a top two of Ohio State and Alabama (no particular order) and after seeing the Buckeyes in action this weekend, he will now head to Tuscaloosa for a huge showdown next Saturday.
"I know that I'm heading down to Alabama next week for the LSU game," he said. "As of right now, I'm just waiting to see what other games I'm going to go to as my schedule opens up a little bit more."
The game will provide Peterson with his first chance to see his brother, Alabama linebacker Trey Depriest, in action as a college football player.
"I'm just really excited, I haven't really got to see him play at all this year," he said. "I know he's on special teams so I'm interested to see what he does."
Peterson is the No. 5 ranked prospect in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 Ohio rankings.
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