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#55 Jason Peter
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 285
Year: Senior
City/State: Locust, N.J.
High School: Middletown South
    • Drafted by Carolina Panthers (First Round, 14th Pick)
    • 1997 All-American (AP, FWAA, Walter Camp, Sporting News)
    • 1997 Outland Trophy Finalist
    • 1997 Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player-of-the-Year Finalist
    • 1997 Football News Defensive Player-of-the-Year Semifinalist
    • 1997 First-Team All-Big 12
    • 1997 Team Co-Captain
    • 1997 Nebraska Lifter-of-the-Year Finalist
    • 1997 Preseason First-Team All-Big 12 (The Sporting News, Lindy’s, Football News)
    • 1997 Preseason Second-Team All-American (College Sports)
    • 1996 First-Team All-Big 12
    • 1995 Honorable-Mention All-Big Eight

An inspirational leader for the Nebraska team during his four seasons, Jason Peter finished his career as a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection and by earning consensus first-team All-America honors in 1997 and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy. He stared every game in his final three seasons (47 contests). During Peter’s career, the Huskers were 49-2, with three national titles and four bowl victories.

 

1997 (Senior)
Peter, a team co-captain, ranked third on the team in total tackles with 59, third with seven sacks and second behind Wistrom in tackles for losses with 15, as the Huskers finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in total defense.

 

1996 (Junior)
He earned first-team All-Big 12 honors starting every game at defensive tackle. He recorded 58 tackles (forth best on the team), including four sacks, 10 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, 17 quarterback hurries with three interceptions caused. In Nebraska’s 41-21 win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, Peter returned a fumble 31 yard for a touchdown.

 

1995 (Sophomore)
As a first year starter in he paired with his older brother, Christian, starting side-by-side in every game. Jason finished with 30 tackles, including five for 13 yards lost, one forced fumble, one breakup and seven quarterback hurries.

 

1994 (Redshirt Freshman)
Peter played in seven games, and the 1995 Orange Bowl against Miami, recording eight tackles.

1993 (Freshman)
A scholarship athelete, redshirted in 1993.

 

Before Nebraska (Milford Academy)
Peter attended Middletown South his first three years, then went to Milford Academy in Milford, Conn., a prep school that annually produces a number of Division I recruits. He played defensive and offensive tackle for Milford Academy and was on of the most sought-after linemen in 1993. He was a SuperPrep magazine All-American and considered the top recruit in the Northeast by the same publication (he visited Washington, Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Miami). In 1993 for Milford, he recorded 116 tackles (29 solo), had nine sacks and returned a blocked punt for a TD. He was team captain, earned All-American honors and was rated as the nation’s 10th-best lineman as Milford won a school-record nine games in 1992 despite playing Division I college junior-varsity squads such as Army and Navy, and saw 23 of its players sign letters of intent in 1993. As a junior, Peter was an all-state defensive tackle for Coach Bob Generelli at Middletown South, the school he attended in 1989-91 and had 110 tackles (30 solo), eight sacks and five breakups, leading his team to the state title in 1990.

 

Personal
The son of Hubert and Mary Peter, his older brother Christian was the Huskers’ starting defensive tackle in 1994 and 1995 and is now with the New York Giants. Although Jason attended Middletown South his first three years, he graduated from Milford Academy in Milford, Conn. His younger brother Damian is a junior at Nebraska, after a neck injury ended his football career before it even began at Notre Dame. Jason also has a sister, Ashley. Born on Sept. 13, 1974, he majors in communications studies. He will graduation on Dec. 20, 1997. He has served as a volunteer speaker for the SPICE Program; at the Lincoln Veteran’s Hospital; at St. Elizabeth’s Burn Unit; at the People City Mission and at Lincoln Youth Church Groups in 1995.

 

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Tackles

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QB

Int.

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

1994

7/0

2

6

8

1-3

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

2

0

1995

11/11

10

20

30

5-13

0-0

1-0

0

1

0

7

1

1996

12/12

17

41

58

10-41

4-28

1-0

0

3

0

17

3

1997

12/12

22

38

60

15-61

7-40

2-0

0

4

0

22

1

Totals

42-35

51

105

156

31-118

11-68

4-0

0

10

0

48

5

 

Bowl Statistics
1995 Orange Bowl vs. Miami: Tackles None
1996 Fiesta Bowl vs. Florida: Tackles 1 UT, 2 AT, 3 TT
1996 Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech: Tackles 2 UT, 1 AT, 3 TT; TFL 1-4.5; Sacks 0.5-4.5; QB Hurries 2; Fumble Recovery 1-31 yards, touchdown
1998 Orange Bowl vs. Tennessee: 6 UT, 1 AT, 7 TT

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