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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Noah Peterson, DB, Worcester State University

Noah Peterson the versatile defensive back from Worcester State University recently sat down with Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.
Noah Peterson the versatile defensive back from Worcester State University recently sat down with Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen. Photo Courtesy of @Kfiliphotos

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

I decided I wanted to be a football player because I thought it would be fun to hit people to be honest. Watching football on TV as a young boy made me want to be like those guys. I always knew football was an exciting game and I wanted to be part of that culture.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Being named a captain last year (2021) was one of the most rewarding moments of my entire football career. I wasn’t a captain on my high school team, which really hurt, but it taught me valuable lessons moving forward in my career. Also, scoring my first touchdown in high school is something I will never forget either. Finally, the comeback win versus Fitchburg State during homecoming was an unbelievable feeling, because it was my first collegiate win as a starter.

What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

I think what sets me apart from other defensive backs is my football IQ. I’m not the fastest or the strongest guy on the field by any means, but my IQ allows me to move faster and react quicker. I believe that being a student of the game is just as, if not more, important than being a guy who can lift a lot of weight or run fast. I also have to mention that I love to tackle. It is my favorite part about playing football, and it always has been.

What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I bring a very confident energy when I step on the football field. I don’t like to say I’m cocky or arrogant, but I like to be confident in myself, because if you don’t believe you’re going to make plays, chances are you won’t. I love to be loud on the field too. Getting absolutely pumped up after a teammate or myself makes a huge play is something that never gets old.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

I would say Stefon Diggs. I’ve been a Vikings fan since I was a little kid, and he is still one of my favorite players despite him being in Buffalo now. I like the kind of energy he has, he’s passionate and confident, like myself. Also, I feel like he’s just a fun guy to be around and hang out with.

What are your favorite things about playing football for Worcester State?

I love playing for Worcester State because I have a lot of pride playing for the city I grew up in. Playing for Coach Pel means a lot to me too because he believed in me when he recruited me. Playing at a school close enough to where my family and loved ones can come see me play is also one of the best parts. Finally, I love my teammates, the coaching staff, and the fans that make being a Lancer so special.

What should we know about Noah Peterson the person?

That I’m a nice guy and a great person, truly. I’ve also been told that I can be quite funny, and making someone laugh is a great feeling for me. I’m also a very hardworking individual who takes pride in doing the right thing. I enjoy the simple things in life and take time to appreciate what I have. I love helping people become better versions of themselves, whether it be on or off the field.

What is your favorite defensive scheme and why?

My favorite defensive scheme is definitely Cover 3. As a strong safety, I love being brought down in the box as another linebacker/hybrid type player. It gives me the ultimate opportunity to make plays in the run and passing game. I also love being the high, middle of the field safety, because I can see how the play unfolds from every angle.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I handle challenges in life and in football by embracing them. I love a good challenge because it makes me a better football player and person. It’s important to not fold when the going gets tough. There’s nothing more rewarding than overcoming a challenge that once seemed impossible.

What would a team get in a player like you?

A team would get a guy that brings a positive and outgoing energy every day. They would get a guy who wants to get better by embracing the challenges in front of him. Also, they would be getting a guy who loves football and has a burning passion for the game.

What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

I am looking forward to shocking the doubters this season. Worcester State is being overlooked this upcoming season, but I believe we are going to be more successful than people assume.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

I would say a fellow Lancer in Mike Mahoney, who is an Offensive Guard and 3 year captain. Linemen don’t get the recognition they should in general, especially Mahoney. He is an All-Conference worthy interior lineman, and his talent is overlooked.

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