Former Colt at Riders rookie camp

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Former Swift Current Comp. Colts football team member Brad Peters has added another valuable experience to his impressive football resume.

Former Swift Current Comp. Colts football team member Brad Peters has added another valuable experience to his impressive football resume.

Peters was one of four offensive lineman invited to Saskatchewan Roughriders rookie camp where the 6'4 330 lb Peters was the youngest player.

Peters, who plays right offensive tackle for the Saskatoon Hilltops, said the camp was a great experience.

"The level of play is a lot higher then what I was used to and it was a big eye-opening experience."

Nerves were a factor said Peters.

"I was really nervous when I first went there. After the first practice I was feeling pretty down because I wasn't really used to the system and a lot of the footwork. But after the first day I settled in."

Each day at camp consisted of a two-hour practice in the morning followed by afternoon and evening meetings to watch film and study playbooks.

"The speed was the biggest factor. I went up against some linebackers who were also rookies and they would go by me really fast. When I talked to the O-line coach he said that the speed of those linebackers is like the speed of a defensive end in the CFL."

Peters was not invited to main camp this season but was invited to return to rookie camp next season and also provided with some valuable feedback.

"I got lots of feedback on hand and footwork, where to place your hands, and what kinds of steps to take to make blocks."

Peters and the Hilltops captured their 13th Canadian Junior Football crown last season defeating the St. Leonard Cougars 26 - 3 in the 2007 Canadian Bowl. Peters likes the look of his team heading into next season.

"I think our team is looking pretty good, we didn't graduate a lot of guys so we don't have to bring a lot of new faces into positions. It is pretty much the same team as we had last year that won the championship so I think we will be the team to beat again."

Peters is currently studying in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan and has two years of eligibility remaining with the Hilltops having played three seasons with the storied junior football program.

Organizations: College of Kinesiology, Canadian Junior Football, University of Saskatchewan

Geographic location: Swift Current

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