Follow us:

Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Symbiotic competition fuels Marcus Peters and Kasen Williams

UW cornerback Marcus Peters basks in the glow of his fourth quarter interception of Oregon State in the Huskies' upset of No. 7 Oregon State last season.

UW cornerback Marcus Peters basks in the glow of his fourth quarter interception of Oregon State in the Huskies’ upset of No. 7 Oregon State last season. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

They were roommates as freshmen in the University of Washington dorms and they remain friendly, yet intense, rivals on the field now.

Receiver Kasen Williams and cornerback Marcus Peters line up opposite each other on nearly every play in Washington practices. And after nearly every play, they jog together to the sideline or back to the line of scrimmage, offering a critique of the other’s route or coverage technique.

“We do that every play, every series,” Peters said. “We just want each other to be great. I expect great things out of Kasen, and he expects great things out of me.”

It’s a unique bond at positions where big personalities and big egos often clash. Not so for Williams and Peters.

“We’re here to help each other,” said Williams, a junior who led UW with 77 catches for 878 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. “I know for a fact that he’s going to see other receivers in the Pac-12 like me this year, and I’m going to see other long, lanky corners like him.

“So for us to be able to communicate with each other, as far as, ‘This is what you just did that I keyed on,’ and ‘This is what I did that helped me get past you,’ that’s real important for both of us. It creates a competitive nature between us and everybody plays better when there’s good competition.”

Make no mistake: There is some good-natured trash talking when either one-ups the other.

Peters, a 5-foot-11, 194-pound redshirt sophomore, said he wants to bring a physical element to the field not always associated with the position. What he does bring is a cool, not-so-quiet confidence that is often associated with top cornerbacks (see Sherman, Richard).

“I just bring a different little attitude toward the game,” said Peters, who started the final eight games of last season and finished tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

Click here to continue reading.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►