All-American: Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson, RB - 2004
Playing against a schedule that included five ranked opponents, Adrian Peterson proved himself one of the greatest freshman rushers in the history of college football. He was named a unanimous All-American his first season as a Sooner.
Peterson burst onto the national scene as a true freshman at Oklahoma during the 2004 season. The Palestine, Texas, native amassed 1,843 yards and 15 touchdowns and helped OU to its second consecutive undefeated regular season, the 2004 Big 12 Conference championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game in the 2005 FedEx Orange Bowl.
One of college football's most durable backs with a nation-leading 314 rushing attempts, Peterson was the first-ever freshman finalist for the Doak Walker Award. Peterson was also invited to New York as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy along with senior quarterback -- and 2003 winner -- Jason White.
Peterson broke three NCAA freshman rushing records: most consecutive 100-yard rushing games (9), most total 100-yard rushing games (11) and most rushing attempts by a freshman with 314.