Overview: Dylan Peebles was a running back who started off his college career at Campbell University before transferring to Cortland State. He is a versatile playmaker who is also a playmaker on special teams. In 2014, he was named division III First-Team All-American. He is good athlete, who posses great speed and has good vision.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dylan, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Cortland State?
DP: I originally attended FCS school, Campbell University, out of high school. I took a redshirt year and then played one year there, but it just wasn’t a great fit for me at the time. I decided to look other places and my high school coach recommended looking into Cortland, so I went there because I didn’t want to waste any eligibility and I wanted to play right away.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
DP: Strengths: strong willed, hard working, determined, I live in the weight room and on the field, I am my biggest critic, I’m fast, very athletic for my size, I have great vision, I can catch the football like a receiver.
Weaknesses: I need to hold my ground better in pass protection and I have to run with higher knees because being as big as I am, defenders dive at my feet and trip me up.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
DP: As an RB, there isn’t many 220+ pound guys that can run away from defenders like I do. I can run thru or past defenders. As a defender, it’s very difficult to decide how to tackle when you don’t know if the ball carrier is going to run past or over you. As a kick returner, it’s the same thing. Somehow, I always find a way to make a big play or get into open field away from defenders.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
DP: From an RB standpoint, I continue to see myself like Matt Forte. Effective runner in-between the tackles and can also go outside, as well as catch the ball extremely well out of the backfield. I need to bring more of a Marshawn Lynch style to my game. As a returner, I see myself like Josh Cribs. He was a great returner who was very big and had the wheels to take it all the way.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
DP: Craig Wilkins, an All American linebacker from Old Dominion University, was by far one of the best players I ever shared the field with.
C: If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you ten seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?
DP: I fit the mold in terms of exceptional size and speed for the position. You will always get my best in the gym, film room, on the field, and when I’m off the field I will not do something detrimental to myself or the team. There is a fit for me in any team. Let me show you that’s true.
C: Where do you see yourself in five years?
DP: It would be awesome to be a pro athlete, but if it doesn’t last, I would love to be a personal trainer for athletes, specifically football preparation.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
DP: Usually have a light breakfast, hydrate up, get Lil Wayne flowing thru the headphones, and keep myself composed until it’s time to hit the field.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
DP: I’ve had somebody tell me I would never do the things I set out to do in college, as well as another basically tell me my aspiration of playing professional was foolish. Those comments are always ones that will fuel somebody as passionate as I am about football.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Cortland State?
DP: My favorite moment was winning the Empire 8 championship the last game of the season. My favorite play is split between two plays. My very first carry in college was a 68 yard touchdown, and in 2014, I took a kickoff back in the 4th quarter to help us come back and win the annual Cortaca jug game. That solidified my All American season and that was awesome.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Dylan Peebles for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.
You can check out his his highlights here
Follow him on Twitter: @DPeebles32