• 57°

College Football: Livingstone's Peoples realizing his potential

By Nick Bowton
nbowton@salisburypost.com
Livingstone wide receiver Chris Peoples noticed a couple of weeks ago when coach Lamonte Massie mentioned that Peoples still had a ways to go to live up to his potential.
Peoples, Massie said at the time, had the tools to be the best receiver in the CIAA. He didn’t, however, display them on a consistent basis.
After catching four passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in a victory against rival Johnson C. Smith, both player and coach agree Peoples is headed in the right direction.
“My quarterback, he has a lot more confidence in me right now,” said Peoples, a former football and basketball player at Mooresville High. “My consistency catching the football and my route-running is getting a lot better. I’m getting separation from the defensive backs, and that’s what’s getting me open.”
At his weekly press conference Wednesday, Massie singled out one particular play to highlight Peoples’ development.
With Livingstone leading 19-12 on Saturday, Peoples noticed he had a safety/linebacker covering him and, as Massie put it, “begged” for the ball. The Blue Bears looked to Peoples, and he turned a slant route into a 39-yard touchdown and a 26-12 lead midway through the third quarter.
“He could be the best wide receiver in the conference, but I don’t think he believes me when I say that,” Massie said. “I’m looking at this guy, and I’m saying, ‘Size, durability, catching ability.’ It’s getting better because each week he’s getting more consistent.
“I think every ball that was thrown to him that was a catchable ball was caught.”
Just a few years ago, Peoples wasn’t sure whether he’d be catching passes beyond Mooresville.
Peoples considered basketball his main sport in high school and played football just so he had something to do until basketball started. After a year off after high school, he decided to give football a shot at Livingstone.
“I really didn’t know about college,” said Peoples, who ranks third in the CIAA with 20.4 yards per catch. “I wasn’t the strongest, wasn’t the fastest coming out of high school. But I felt like I owed myself a shot to at least try it at the college level. I’m really loving football right now.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Business

Multi-building development on East Innes begins to take shape after years of delays

Education

‘We know what time it is’: Livingstone students hear from local candidates for office

Education

Shoutouts

Local

Lee Street theatre pivots after positive COVID-19 tests cancel live shows

Elections

Local voters say first presidential debate devoid of substance, contained little to change minds

High School

Interest is spiking in South volleyball

Education

Education Briefs: Superintendent survey now available for community members

Education

Celebrating national 4-H week

Education

Robots with phonics: Rockwell Elementary is blending subjects to engage with kids

Crime

Agreement to divert minor disciplinary incidents from court ready for public feedback

Nation/World

Biden, Trump snipe from road and rails after debate chaos

Nation/World

Debate commission says it will make changes to format

Coronavirus

County moves up to fourth in state for COVID-19 deaths

Crime

Photo: Truck wanted in connection with Reaper’s Realm shooting

Coronavirus

North Carolina moves to Phase 3, but COVID progress is ‘fragile’

Coronavirus

Changes to expect when phase three starts Friday

Crime

Blotter: Concord man faces weapons, marijuana charges after traffic stop

Elections

Political sign stealing on the rise in Rowan as campaign season heats up

News

Chaotic first debate: Taunts overpower Trump, Biden visions

Elections

Debate takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

News

Appalachian State student dies following COVID complications

Local

Planning board OKs rezoning for 5-acre property on Mooresville Road

Business

Kannapolis seeking redevelopment proposals for site of old baseball stadium

Elections

Tell us your opinion about the first presidential debate