Former Gator named AFC defensive player of month

Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
JACKSONVILLE - Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson, a former Gator, was named AFC defensive player of the month Thursday, earning the honor for the first time in his seven-year career.
Peterson had 58 tackles, three sacks and two quarterback pressures in the final month of the season, helping Jacksonville win four of its last five games and earn the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Jaguars play at New England on Saturday night.
"It feels real good," Peterson said Thursday. "I guess when you start winning, good things come to you. I'm not accepting this as an individual goal. I'm accepting this as a defensive goal. Our defense is getting recognition."
Peterson finished the season with a career-high 190 tackles, six sacks and three interceptions.
Meanwhile, Peterson and defensive ends Reggie Hayward and Paul Spicer returned to practice and were expected to play Saturday night.
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