2020 Mountain West Football Top 50 Players: #4, Nevada DL Dom Peterson
The Nevada Wolf Pack’s disruptive defensive lineman is our top-ranked defender among Mountain West football’s best athletes for 2020.
The linchpin of a unit on the rise.
The Nevada Wolf Pack might historically be better know for their innovations on offense, most notably with Chris Ault’s revolutionary Pistol formation, but 2020 could well be another reminder that the program has quietly been pretty good about developing defensive linemen, too, as evidenced by the next player on our countdown of Mountain West football’s top performers.
Dom Peterson had a strong redshirt freshman campaign back in 2018, compiling 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in 13 games, but he took a massive step forward as a disruptive force in the trenches last fall, finishing second in the Mountain West with 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks. As you might expect, he was an easy choice for the all-Mountain West first teams put together by both the conference media and Pro Football Focus.
Heading into 2020, Peterson has few if any peers as a pass rusher anywhere in the Mountain West. If he’s concerned about facing more double teams along a reloading defensive line, he isn’t showing it (and might be ready to do even more).
Grind Now Shine Later 🎸 pic.twitter.com/H91dCCevQT
— Dom (@IamDomPeterson) August 14, 2020
I stumbled upon 6-0, 300 pound defensive *end* Dom Peterson's tape this week and it's safe to say I have a new favorite college football player pic.twitter.com/voEKUbPBWn
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) October 17, 2019
Highest graded returning Group of Five edge defenders:
1. Dom Peterson, Nevada – 89.9
2. Taylor Riggins, Buffalo – 87.4
3. Raymond Johnson III, GA Southern – 85.8 pic.twitter.com/GUu2SsPEh1
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 9, 2020