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The 2011 Scouting Report: NU's vocal leader in the defensive secondary ... Safety who has played in 39 career games with 21 all-time starts ... Team's leading tackler in 2010 ... Chosen by Sporting News as a preseason All-Big Ten defensive back ... Named to Athlon Sports preseason All-Big Ten first team and to the second team by Lindy's and Phil Steele's ... Big safety who can run ... Has big-play potential ... Member of NU's 10-player Leadership Council.
2011: Team co-captain ... Played in 52 career games with 34 starts, including the last 26 in succession ... Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by league's coaches ... Finished third on NU's career list after picking off his 12th career interception, and his fifth of the season, vs. Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas ... Led all Big Ten players with his 0.38 interceptions per game average ... Registered his first pick of the season at Illinois on Oct. 1 ... Rang up a team-high 13 tackles at Illinois to go along with a forced fumble and his interception ... Named team's special teams player of the week against the Illini ... Recognized by College Football Performance for his efforts against Illinois ... Named NU's defensive player of the game against Boston College after totaling five tackles (three solos), a pass sack, two pass breakups and another 0.5 TFL ... Two solo tackles vs. Eastern Illinois ... Totaled eight tackles at Army ... Seven tackles vs. Michigan ... Team's leading tackler with 10 hits at Iowa ... Team co-leader with six tackles vs. Penn State ... Also had a 0.5 TFL and pass breakup ... Rang up five tackles as well as an interception and a pass deflection at Indiana ... Broke his hand in the first half of the Nebraska game, but came back to finish the game and total five tackles ... Notched seven tackles, including a 0.5 TFL, vs. Rice ... Tabbed team's defensive player of the week for his effort vs. Minnesota: 11 tackles (8 solos), one TFL (4-yard loss), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery (on same play) and an interception in the end zone ... Credited with six tackles vs. Michigan State ... Notched seven tackles and his fifth interception of the season vs. Texas A&M ... Closed career as team's active leader in all-time tackles with 301 ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010: Started all 13 games at safety ... Team's leading tackler with 107, which ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 71st nationally (8.2 per game) ... Second-team All-Big Ten selection by conference media and honorable mention selection by coaches ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Tied for ninth in the conference with three interceptions ... Named to Phil Steele's second-team Midseason and third-team Postseason All-Big Ten squads ... First-team All-Big Ten defensive choice by College Football News ... 10 tackles with an assisted TFL in TicketCity Bowl ... Six tackles at Wisconsin ... Posted a career day vs. Illinois with 18 tackles (one TFL) and two interceptions, one of which he returned 59 yards for a touchdown ... His 18 tackles tied for the 17th-highest single-game total by an FBS player this season ... Named Defensive Back Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and NU's Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts vs. the Illini ... Against Iowa, led NU with 10 tackles, forced one fumble and intercepted a pass -- one of his two pass breakups in the game ... Named team's Defensive Big Playmaker against the Hawkeyes ... Tied for a game high with 11 tackles at Penn State ... At Indiana, recorded three tackles ... Posted five stops against Michigan State ... Seven tackles and an assisted TFL vs. Purdue ... Led the defense with 12 tackles at Minnesota to go alone with one pass breakup ... Collected seven tackles against Central Michigan ... Three tackles, one TFL and one pass breakup at Rice ... Four tackles vs. Illinois State ... 11 tackles at Vanderbilt, including one TFL.
2009: Played in all 13 games with five starts ... Started five of the last six regular-season games at safety in place of an injured Brendan Smith ... A key member of NU's nickel package on defense ... Finished season fifth on NU's tackle list with 67 hits ... Ranked second on team with three interceptions, two of them (vs. Miami and Auburn) being one-handed grabs ... Posted four tackles and an interception in the Outback Bowl vs. Auburn ... Rang up nine tackles vs. Wisconsin and helped NU clinch a 33-31 win over Wisconsin by recovering a John Clay fumble late in the fourth quarter ... Posted seven tackles (one TFL) and a forced fumble at Illinois ... Three stops at Iowa ... One tackle vs. Penn State ... Against Indiana, led the defense with seven tackles and recorded one forced fumble and one pass breakup ... At Michigan State, started in place of Smith and set a season high while tying for the team lead with 11 tackles ... Also assisted on one TFL and was named team's defensive player of the game vs. the Spartans ... Against Miami, recorded eight stops, one interception and a fumble recovery (his second in as many games) which he returned 27 yards ... At Purdue, recovered one fumble and had two tackles ... Credited with five tackles vs. Minnesota ... Collected five tackles and one pass breakup at Syracuse ... Three tackles vs. Eastern Michigan--including one TFL--in addition to the second interception of his career ... Notched two tackles vs. Towson ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2008: Played in all 13 games, primarily as a fifth defensive back ... Started in the 2008 Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri, compiling five tackles and intercepting Missouri QB Chase Daniel for his first career pick ... Against Illinois, recorded three stops, including one hit that knocked Illinois' Arrelious "Rejus" Benn out of the game ... At Michigan, set a season high and tied for the team lead with seven tackles while also forcing a fumble ... Five tackles against Ohio State ... Started his first career game as a fifth defensive back at Minnesota ... Registered five tackles (all solo) against the Gophers ... One tackle at Indiana ... Against Purdue, recorded his first fumble recovery and returned it 39 yards to the Purdue 19 ... Credited with two tackles ... One tackle vs. Michigan State ...Contributed a big pass breakup in the end zone on one of Iowa's final offensive plays (NU led 22-17 at the time) ... Collected three tackles against Southern Illinois ... At Duke, racked up three tackles, including his first career TFL ... Tabbed team's special teams player of the game vs. Duke ... Had one tackle in his collegiate debut vs. Syracuse ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2007: Did not see action ... Named team's defensive practice player of the week vs. Illinois and named team's special teams practice player of the week vs. Duke.
High School: 2006 second-team All-Ohio (all-state) selection ... Ranked 75th among all players in SuperPrep Ohio player ranking ... Two-time first-team all-district, first-team all-county and first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference selection (2005- 06) ... 2006 Agonis-Columbus Dispatch selection ... Registered 127 tackles, 4 interceptions and 8 pass breakups his senior season ... Also added 32 receptions (as a tight end) for 493 yards in 2006 ... Served as the Tigers' place-kicker, booting 53-of-55 PAT's and 4-of-8 field goals ... Finished career with 277 tackles and 18 interceptions (7 in both 2004 and 2005) ... Selected to play in 2007 Ohio North-South All-Star game, as well as the OCC All-Star game ... Tigers finished 2006 as the Division II state runners-up, regional champions and OCC champions ... Team captain ... Also lettered in baseball and track, and played one year of basketball ... Team captain in baseball (center fielder and pitcher), as well ... Four years on High Honor Roll ... Vice president of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) ... Student Council and Principal's Advisory Staff ... Coached by Jay Sharrett.
Personal: Born Brian Edward Peters ... Son of Jeff and Carla Peters ... Father, Jeff, wrestled at Miami (Ohio) ... Played against fellow NU signee Jordan Mabin ... Earned his undergraduate degree (learning and organizational change major) in June, 2011 ... Pursuing postgraduate studies.
The Peters File
Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod: A: 1. Where I'm From (John Michael Carroll) 2. Can you work with that (The Fixxers) 3. The taste of ink (The Used) 4. A better place (Corey Smith) 5. The Way I Am (Eminem) Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be? A: My Grandpa Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned? A: No swimsuit = No tanlines or Live Life with No Regrets, its a tough decision Q: A song that best describes you? A: Simple Man by Lynard Skynard Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is: A: I used to dabble in break dancing Q: My favorite place to visit is: A: Panama City, FL Q: Facebook or Twitter? A: Facebook, don't plan on EVER using twitter Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team? A: Demitrius "Doogie" Dugar Q: My favorite thing about NU is: A: Football Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is: A: Competing in the Big Ten and Getting an Ivy league education Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less: A: Passionate, Enthusiastic, Clever, Family Man Q: Describe your position coach in five words or less: A: Wise, Helpful, Passionate, Experienced, Witty Q: Most humbling experience: A: Helping with the special olympics in high school Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement? A: Recieving a scholarship Q: The best book I have ever read is: A: Angels and Demons Q: The person that inspires me the most is: A: My Parents Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: A: Brett Favre Q: My favorite pregame ritual is: A: Listening to Thunderstruck by AC DC right before I go out, we used to go out to that song in high school and it always got me hyped so I brought that along with me to NU Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick? A: Troy Q: My favorite food is: A: Steak Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is: A: Home Field Advantage Q: Best thing about Northwestern is: A: The Education Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: A: A bone crushing hit where the ball bounces up in the air where I have time to do a brief celebration before the ball lands in my hands and I return it for 6 as time expires, while of course stiff arming and juking the majority of the other team on the way, hope that classifies as ultimate. Q: My favorite television show is: A: Entourage Q: If I were not playing football, I would be: A: In worse shape Q: The three words that best describe you: A: Competitive, Easy-Going, Wirey