When you think of Nate McPeek one word comes to mind, warrior. McPeek hasn't missed a start since he was freshman when he was thrust into the lineup for the opener because of preseason injuries and never relinquished the job, and started every game at right tackle. In his sophomore season he started every game at right tackle for the second straight season, and was named first team All-MAC. Last season he started all games at right tackle and this year he still hasn't missed a start and was named to the pre-season Lombardi Award Watch List.
"My big strength is not making the same mistake twice, and I'm very coachable, I listen to my coaches and whatever they think that can make me a better football player, I listen and try to apply it," said McPeek. "I have played in a lot of football games and that has helped, but that doesn't mean I'm perfect I can do a lot to improve, I need to improve on my run blocking, improve on my quickness."
McPeek missed most of spring practice with a back injury that required surgery, but he has been a warrior for Marshall as they make a championship run. McPeek also was switched from right tackle, his position of three seasons, to left tackle.
"I was probably playing around 70 percent at the beginning of the year, and I actually got a little worse, but I've been feeling a lot better the last couple of weeks and hopefully I can keep building on that," said McPeek.
McPeek might have to make another position change next year in the pro where many NFL scouts have him grade more as a guard not a tackle.
"I want to learn a lot of different positions because most of the time the NFL doesn't keep that many offensive linemen on their roster so hopeful they will give me a chance," said McPeek. "I have always done what my coaches have asked of me. I want to make sure that I will do the best for whoever drafts me, and show them that I bring a lot to the game. "
McPeek knows that after the season that he will first have to get 100 percent healthy from his back problem for the NFL scouts, but has guys from last years team that had to do what he is about to do with the NFL and the process leading up to the draft.
"After the season I plan on taking a week or two off and gear up mentally, I will talk to guys who were drafted last year like Bryon Leftwich, and Steve Sciullo and really try to understand what that had to do. It is just going to be something that I will have to prepare for mentally," said McPeek.
McPeek comes from a very supportive family that has only missed two games in his 48 straight starts. Whichever NFL team drafts Nate McPeek is getting themselves a warrior and a very good football player that will give everything that he has to a team.