THE NEXT LEVEL With Greg Peach

April 13, 2009

THE NEXT LEVEL With Greg Peach Former Evergreen Plansmen, Current Eastern Washington Defensive Lineman

  • Greg Peach
  • 6’1″ 240 lbs
  • Eastern Washington (Senior)
  • Defensive Line
  • 4 Year Varsity Letterman
  • 2008 Big Sky Conference Defensive Players Of The Year
  • 1x Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference
  • First team All-BSC selection
  • 2008 Buck Buchanan Award Winner (most outstanding defensive player I-AA)
  • Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team
  • 1x Second Team All-America Honors From Associated Press
  • 2x First Team All-Big Sky Conference
  • Team Defensive Player of the Year
  • Evergreen Plainsmen (Class of 2005)
  • 3 Year Varsity Letterman
  • 1st Team All-State
  • Greater St. Helens League 4A Defensive Player of the Year
  • 1st Team All-GSHL

What was your most memorable moment playing high school football?

Greg – The state championship run in 2004, the whole playoff experience was great and being able to share that with my friends was really fun.

Did you have any game day/game time rituals in high school? If so, what were they?

Greg – I am very calm before games, i didn’t have a special ritual or anything, i was just very focused on my assignment and was was going to be necessary to win.

Who influenced you the most as a High School football player?

Coach Kesler was my defensive line coach and he showed me tons of things about d line.

Greg – Coach Kesler was my defensive line coach and he showed me tons of things about d line. The funny thing about it is I didn’t use half the things he taught me until i reached college. He prepared me for what i was going to have to do in the next level. Two other huge influences were my teammates Jason Blosser and Kyle Rable, we pushed each other and competed with each other and had a great four years doing it.

Xbox, PS3, or Wii?

Greg – XBOX 360

How many different positions did you play from youth football through the end of your HS career? If you could have chosen another position other than running back, what would have it been?

Greg – I played them all: Running back, fullback, o-line, d-line, linebacker, tight end, kicker, punter, wide receiver. I guess i would have liked to play quarterback, it looks fun and plus you get all the credit for the win.

Explain your recruiting process. How many schools did you visit? Did anything interesting happen during this process?

Greg – During recruiting I visited Western Washington, Central Washington and Eastern Washington. I skipped my Idaho State visit because I had already committed to Eastern. The whole process is very stressful, now that I look back on it I would have approached it differently. You have to understand that these school want you not the other way around. I chose Eastern Washington over those other schools because they were winners, they had the winning attitude that I also have. It wasn’t the funnest trip or anything like that but they were a top program and I wanted to be a part of it.

What would you tell young kids entering high school is the most important thing (besides school) they need to do to become an elite level player?

What college coaches look for in high school kids is being physical, having a motor and understanding the game.

Greg – What college coaches look for in high school kids is being physical, having a motor and understanding the game. If you can put those three things together for every play of a game you will have a chance to play at the next level. Basically it comes down to listening to your coaches because those three things are being taught everyday in practice. It doesnt matter how big you are, I wasn’t the biggest d-lineman in the state but I played hard to ball, I liked to hit and I read my keys and understood what was going on. That is what the coaches liked about me and everyone else they recruited.

What is your favorite TV show now?

Greg – Curb Your Enthusiasm

What was your most embarrassing moment playing high school football?

THE NEXT LEVEL With Greg Peach Former Evergreen Plansmen, Current Eastern Washington Defensive LinemanGreg – I missed my whole freshman year because of torn ligament in my finger.

Who is your favorite musical artist?

Greg – Bury Your Dead

Do you prefer Madden or NCAA? Why?

Greg – Madden, because I’m one the top 3 guys on my team, very few people can beat me with cowboys.

What was your most memorable moment playing college football?

We spanked them 45-15 in front of 20,000 people that thought good football was only played in the south.

Greg – 2007 we went to the first round of the playoffs to play #2 in the nation McNeese State in Louisiana at their place. We spanked them 45-15 in front of 20,000 people that thought good football was only played in the south.

Do you have an iPhone?

Greg – No, just the iTouch

What was your favorite TV show in high school?

Greg – Seinfeld

Do you have any game day/game time rituals in college? If so, what were they?

Greg – I used to have a ritual of wearing no long sleeves, so i could look like a tough d-lineman. That ritual ended when November hit in Cheney and it was 20 degrees.

Who influenced you the most as a college football player?

Greg – My d-line coach Malik Roberson, I wouldn’t be where I am at today without his teaching.

Explain a typical week during football season with class, practice, game, other time.

Greg – Monday through Thursday is a lot of meetings, that’s the one major difference from high school. Meetings throughout the day take up about four hours per day. During the season there is not a lot of free time, Sundays are my day off so I watch football and maybe go out to Spokane to eat. Saturdays make up for all of that though, all the preparation throughout the week is necessary.
  • Monday – Class, Meetings, Walk Thru, Meetings
  • Tuesday – Class, Meetings, Practice, Meetings
  • Wednesday – Meetings, Class, Practice
  • Thursday – Class, Meetings, Practice
  • Friday – Class, Practice, Meetings
  • Saturday – Meetings, Game
  • Sunday – Day Off/ Treatment

Compare your relationship with your high school teammates to that of your college teammates. Assuming that you grew up with most of your high school teammates for years prior to playing together with them, and your college teammates came from all over the country.

It’s insane how much time we spend together throughout the year

Greg – I am still very close to a few of my high school teammates but there is a difference between college and high school teammates. The college practices, the winter workouts, the summer workouts are so much more intense and grueling than in high school that you have a bond with guys that are there grinding it out with you that is special. It’s insane how much time we spend together throughout the year because we all have the same agenda and we live in a place (Cheney) where the college population is bigger than the town population.

What was your most embarrassing moment playing college football?

Greg – Being the smallest player on the field my true freshman year. O-lineman would make fun of how small i was, it sucked.

How much college football do you get to watch during the season? (not counting film sessions)

Greg – Maybe 2 hours a week, mostly the Wednesday and Thursday games. I’m more into the NFL

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