Player Spotlight - Marcus Peters

As one of the top corners on the west coast when he signed with the Huskies back in 2011, the expectations were very high for Marcus Peters. Now that he's had a chance to get used to the speed of the game, the redshirt freshman is playing with confidence and he's got a very real chance of earning a starting spot by the time the seasons starts in September...

Peters is in the new mold of bigger corners that are becoming vogue in college football.

Coming out of McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, Peters was seen as one of the top cover-corners in the west and the Huskies had to battle with several schools for his services, eventually besting Oregon State and getting his signature on a letter-of-intent.

Now, the coach who was recruiting Peters for the Beavers, Keith Heyward, is coaching the Husky secondary and he, along with the rest of the staff, like what Peters brings to the table.

Scouting Report: When he walks on the field, the first thing you see is his broad shoulders and long arms. Peters likes to use those to his advantage in bump-and-run coverage redirecting wideouts and not allowing them a free-release off the line.

Peters is still dealing with route-recognition and his footwork so he doesn't take false steps and when he misreads things he doesn't take to long to change direction. However, with his speed, his tenacity and his willingness to learn, He's a player who has a bright future as long as he stays healthy.

Throw in the fact that he was an explosive punt and kick returner in high school and he can be a multi-purpose playmaker for the Dawgs starting this year.

Things to work on: Peters likes to be aggressive and plays the game that way. There have been a couple of instances this spring where he has bitten on play-action or a pump-fake and has seen a receiver get over the top of him for a big play. This is one of the biggest faults in many young players as they try to understand it's better to give up a 10-yard pass instead of a 50-yarder. Choose your battles is a good motto for defensive backs and that's something the coaches are really pounding into young players like Peters' heads.

Peters also needs to get stronger so he can handle the big wideouts that are so prevalent, not only on his own team, but also in the Pac 12.

Quotable: "He's like the perfect size that you want in a corner. He's tall and he has long arms, really, really good speed and it's just going to be a matter of him getting some experience out there, but he's a smart, long player. He'll be great to press guys with his long arms and then he's patient and he's got good one-on-one skills." -- Keith Heyward on Peters

"Just my eyes and playing smart. I'm confident in what I can do, but it's tough out here with the kind of receivers we have and that I go up against every day. They really challenge you and that's big for helping you to improve." -- Peters on what he's working on

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Competition: While Peters has looked solid this spring, there is no clear path for him to earning a starting spot.

Senior Desmond Trufant appears to have one spot locked up outside, but on the other side thigns appear to be open for competition and that's where Peters will have the best chance to earn a spot.

Joining him in the competition is Greg Ducre, until he suffered a concussion, was having a real solid spring and he should be back soon.

Also in the mix is a fully-recovered Adam Long who suffered a torn ACL last summer and Anthony Gobern acquitted himself well last year as he saw increased reps as the season went along.

Walk-on Tre Watson has impressed this spring and the coaches have said he could be a player that earns some playing time this fall due to his quickness and confidence.

Coming in this summer will be the likes of Brandon Beaver, Cleveland Wallace and Darien Washington and all of them have been told they should be ready to compete for playing time as well.

Peters knows this is his chance to show what he can do and solidify playing time while working this offseason on his strength, technique and recognition skills. Top Stories