Reuben Peters: Walk-on linebacker to scholarship fullback

Redshirt sophomore Reuben Peters talks about his transition from walk-on linebacker to scholarship fullback and who was most excited when he was awarded a scholarship last week.

When Reuben Peters made the phone call, his mother couldn't contain her emotions. His father was pumped. Peters had been awarded a full scholarship from USC head coach Clay Helton.

His tuition was being paid for, lifting the burden from his parents. 

"They were shocked. I'm happy that I could do that for them and they no longer have to stress about helping me pay for school or any other financial stuff," Peters said. "It was a huge relief to them. My mom got real emotional. My dad was stoked. It was awesome."

After two years trying to make his mark as an inside linebacker, Peters earned the scholarship on the offensive side of the ball. Peters switched to fullback during the offseason, taking over the starting role following the graduation of Jahleel Pinner and Soma Vainuku.

His focus has gone from tackling running backs to creating holes for USC's trio of returning rushers. At practice, Peters spends his time bouncing between the running backs and the tight ends position groups as he works on blocking from both the backfield and the F-back spot just off the line of scrimmage.

"The more you can do, the better. Because the more you can do, the more plays you're involved in, the better chance you have of getting on the field. So that's just the way I approach it."

Like Pinner and Vainuku before him, besides playing fullback Peters still plans to have a big role on special teams, where he earned some playing time late in the season. 

Watch Reuben Peters, above, talk about his transition from walk-on linebacker to scholarship fullback and how his parents reacted when he was awarded a scholarship last week.

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