Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Peters Showing He's Quite a Hitter with CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Peters Showing He's Quite a Hitter with CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders

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Peters proving he can hit, after all

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REGINA - The thought of donning pinstripes and pitching at Yankee Stadium didn't appeal to Brian Peters.

He chose to play football instead, despite strong encouragement from an uncle who just happened to be a scout for the New York Yankees.

"I could really bring the heat," said Peters, who starred as a pitcher and shortstop during his high school days in Pickering, Ohio. "I could pitch but I was never much of a hitter."

In baseball terms, that is. On the football field, Peters is right at home when it comes delivering a lick.

Peters, in his third season as a linebacker with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, leads the team in defensive tackles (46) and special-teams tackles (14). He was one of the Riders' few bright spots in last weekend's 28-3 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, recording a team-high eight defensive tackles, another on special teams along with a sack.

Peters and the Riders (8-3) host the Ottawa Redblacks (1-9) on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium.

Peters has blossomed into an impact player for Saskatchewan at weakside linebacker. It's a position the six-foot-four, 220-pound Peters says isn't much different from strong safety in the U.S. game, a position he excelled at over four seasons at Northwestern University.

"That's what the position is built for," he said. "That's why they have guys my size playing the position.

"You have to be able to run sideline to sideline, fill the gaps and play in pass coverage. I was always a bigger safety so I kind of just evolved into this position."

Actually, he evolved into being a versatile performer.

Peters was a team captain for his high school football team, where he served as a place-kicker, tight end and safety. In his senior season, Peters made 4-of-8 field goals and 53-of-55 converts. He added 32 catches for 493 yards while recording 127 tackles and four interceptions.

And just for good measure, Peters was also a backup long-snapper, a position he also played last week for the Riders due to injury.

Peters admits baseball wasn't his best sport and he wasn't much of a receiving threat on the football field. He also ran track but gave it all up in his senior year of high school to pursue football full-time. …

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