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Huskies' Peters poised for big year in 2013

3/27/2013

SEATTLE -- After everything Marcus Peters accomplished as a redshirt freshman -- 44 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery -- it would be easy for the cornerback to set lofty goals for the 2013 season.

With Desmond Trufant moving on to a career in the NFL, it would make sense for Peters to take the next step and evolve into the “all-conference performer” coach Steve Sarkisian thinks he is capable of becoming.

However, instead of making bold claims, the only thing Peters talks about is competing with his “brothers.”

“Once we get in that defensive backfield and you come to the University of Washington, you lock yourself into a brotherhood,” Peters said.

While Peters won’t brag about his potential, Sarkisian expects the corner’s consistency to improve next season.

“He’s flashed it several times for us and now to be able to put that thing together and do if for an 80-play sequence on game day, I think, would be amazing,” Sarkisian said.

Peters started his redshirt freshman season as a backup, but he returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown in the Huskies’ third game against Portland State.

He ended up starting eight games. In his first start, against USC, he piled up nine tackles and picked off a pass. Washington lost the game, but Peters showed the potential that has caused the coaching staff to elevate expectations.

When asked what he learned last year that will help him achieve the consistency Sarkisian is looking for, Peters said, “I’ve just got to limit my mistakes and play to what the call allows me to do, not so much try to make plays for myself. Make plays for the team, so the team can be successful.

“At times last year, I made bonehead plays and it cost the team. Since we came back from the loss in Las Vegas, I’ve just been focusing on being a lot more dialed in to details.”

While he works on the details, he is allowing seniors Tre Watson, Greg Ducre and safety Sean Parker to be the vocal leaders. Peters plans to set an example through his hard work.

“I’m just trying my best to just keep things going in the right hands from last year,” Peters said.

Based on his performance in 2012, Peters seems poised for a breakout season, but his goal is to help the Huskies take the next step as a program.

“I think the team is going to do something special,” Peters said. “We just need to keep our heads focused on the right things, that’s it.”