Corey Peters had same position coach as Warren Sapp

Corey Peters was a three-year starter for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Corey Peters was a three-year starter for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Rick Petri starting his coaching career at Pittsburgh (Kans.) State in 1977 as a graduate assistant.

He coached the offensive line for the 1979 season at Arkansas State. The next season he switched over to the defensive line and has never left that position.

He went on to stops at Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, Miami, South Carolina, and Kentucky, where he coached Falcons third round draft pick Corey Peters. He’s since returned to coach at Miami.

“He’s a real intelligent guy and he’s a good athlete,” said Petri, who also coached first-rounders Warren Sapp, Kenny Holmes and Kenard Lang. “He was a wrestler in high school which helped him to understand leverage and body control and things like that.”

Peters was born in Pittsburgh, moved to Mississippi and then to Louisville when he was in the eighth grade.

“He came in and played right away and was very confident about doing it,” Petri said.

Peters was an all-SEC selection by the coaches.

“He did his job and performed well and sometimes other people got more publicity,” Petri said. “But if you talked to everyone involved with the University of Kentucky football program he was by far one of our main anchors on the defense. What he did was very critical on the defense.”

Peters has a good relationship with Petri.

“He’s like my mentor,” Peters said. “I still talk to him every day. He’s just a guy that I really respect. I call him and talk to him about anything from techniques to family problems. He helps me out so that’s a guy that I like up to.”

Veteran coach Rick Petri taught Peters at UK.

Veteran coach Rick Petri taught Peters at UK.

While both have left the UK program, Peters believe UK is headed in the right direction on Joker Philips.

“He’s going to take that program to new heights and keep climbing that ladder in the SEC,” Peters said.

Peters was asked to describe his playing style.

“First and foremost, I just try to do what I’m asked to do,” Peters said. “Not flashy. Not anything like that, but I do play hard. I like to be a very dependable guy and I like to stay where I’m supposed to be.”

He knows the competition will be fierce in training camp, which opens July 29.

“It’s going to be very competitive at that defensive tackle spot,” Falcons defensive line coach Ray Hamilton said. “We have three or four spots and we’ve got five or six guys for those spots. They are going to be working their asses off. If you can play, get out there and show me what you can do.

“It’s always about that. A lot of guys say I can do this and I can do that.

“I don’t want to hear it. I want to see it.”

Got to love coach Hamilton. He must be from the “Show Me” State.

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May 21st, 2010
7:06 am

Falcons appear to be building a good team with a cast of hard working players with good character traits.


May 21st, 2010
7:06 am

get ready because peria is limping

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May 21st, 2010
7:13 am

hope I am wrong but early indications seem to point to Peria being a bad pick. I hope I am wrong


May 21st, 2010
8:18 am

Who really taught Warren Sapp? Will the real coach stand up. Is it this guy Petri or Ed Orgeron? Seems everybody wants to take credit for a Hall of Famer. He was not taught by any of these clowns; He simply had talent and a work ethic to match. Mr. Corey Peters hopes to have the same thing. He will not get it from a coach claiming his success for him.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

May 21st, 2010
8:27 am

I love this energy that is coming out of so many, diverse corners of the Falcons’ Camp. I must also commend the reporting because how else would we know.

It is as impressive the number and diversity of the sources of this new positive energy. A few years of this and people will be muttering the “Dynasty” word.

I may sound giddy but that reminds me of a guy who was the opposite. I think his name was Terrance or something like that. This guy, even when he could find a positive thing to say about our beloveds, sounded trite and patronizing.

We don’t hear from Terrance very much, anymore.

INFIDELS BEWARE…We The People,have spoken!



May 21st, 2010
8:30 am

As both a Georgia Tech and Kentucky fan, life is grand since the Falcons have Corey Peters and Vance Walker. I hope they are the two main anchors for a great Falcons DL for years to come!

Bill Fralic should be a HOFer

May 21st, 2010
8:34 am

Donnie McMickens had the same position coach as Herschel Walker. So?
On to camp!!! I have read the Peria is still limping. What’s the story on his rehab? DLed, still limping at this point sounds like it was much more serious than we thought, or he didn’t attack rehab like you’d hope. Any word? Any trade tumors we might should start fantasizing about? Man, this is the doldrums for sure. Mini camp gone, training camp far off in the future, and all we have is NBA playoffs (yawn) and early season baseball (snore).


May 21st, 2010
9:05 am

YES!! Now we are talking DOL. This is the key to success for the 2010 season. We need havoc up the middle.


May 21st, 2010
9:17 am

What a story on DT Peters, i am not saying he wasn’t worth drafting, just not as high as falcons did! This whole draft except guard Johnson were reaches! Falcons could have probably gotten in the 5th round just as easily according to the draft central guys. All the crying over receivers and the falcons passed on Dez Bryant–be for real coach Smith and T. Demiroff, you can’t assemble a great team without taking a chance here and there on character issues at such a young age, after all, everyone makes mistakes when young. Point being, you have to have great players at skill positions and have to roll the dice when Dez Bryant is still available and what upside to the offense he would have been for us–difference in going to the super bowl and just making playoffs, we will regret passing on Bryant. J. Perry another wash at tackle too, still limping around at mini-camp, why draft overage at 25 now 26 rookie with history of injuries in college with a first round pick, always a reason he was still available, but falcons can’t see past great character player over getting a play-maker at that position. You can’t win or go to the super bowl with all outstanding character players without some bad attitude and strong-willed players on your team. Two more years for coach Smith and T. Demiroff, and then start over again, it will take Mr. Blank-check that long for the errors to sink in, nes

Matt Jones

May 21st, 2010
10:18 am

Got to agree with Supermane. This guy looks like he’d sell you a wonderful 1996 Toyota Paseo, only 250,000 miles on it. Slick slick slick.


May 21st, 2010
10:18 am

nobody cares.


May 21st, 2010
10:40 am

Why do people think Peria Jerry was a bad pick? He played 2 games. In those two games he was dominant enough inside along with Babs to free up the ends to make plays. Defensive line play droped off precipitously until Vance Walker came in very late in the year. He got hurt. it happens, the problem now will be how healthy he will be.

Peters was drafted I believe in part because of the dropoff they experienced in the pass rush after the loss of Peria Jerry. So far outside of the injury he’s been excellent.


May 21st, 2010
10:41 am

Dadgummit–there sure are a bunch of negative Nancy-boys on here today. I don’t know if it’s the weather or the lack of real football news but Dang!–Ya’ll need an attitude adjustment.
Calvin G. Sims, Sr
The only poster so far with his head on straight–this franchise is moving in the right direction. If you’re complaining about building an organization with people of good character you need to do some serious introspection. Maybe you should visit the jail-house sometime and see where the opposite philosophy will take a man….


May 21st, 2010
10:46 am

nes………alot of teams have rolled the dice and got burned very bad. Case in point T.O. an outstanding receiver that was to take a team to the next level. However, he just brought trouble and misery for his intire team. Character wins…….see the Colts and Patriots.

Bad charater kills a great team…….the Steelers are about to witness that and as a matter we hear in Atlanta experienced how bad character can destroy a team not so long ago. nuff said nes. Just say’n.

Terrance X

May 21st, 2010
12:18 pm

back when my last name was Moore, I covered the 70’s Raiders. they were a great team full of characters. Peters could have fit in with those Raiders.

Case Quarter

May 21st, 2010
12:38 pm

This Terrance X guy sounds vaguely familiar? Sounds awful lot like another Terrance…. hmmm… and Moore was his last name also.

Anyway, nice Blog DOL. And I don’t think the link between Peters and Sapp isn’t that far-fetched. A great position coach can bring the best out of a player. Peters has the right size… You never know.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 21st, 2010
4:28 pm

Coach Petri was measured in comparing Peters and Sapp. He said they both were intelligent and both played to their strengths.