Levi Peters out, but far from down


AMES — ISU fan favorite Levi Peters threw down a PG-rated Twitter vow in the wake of sustaining a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in Saturday’s 32-28 loss to No. 19 Kansas State.

 “I’m going to kick the (expletive) out of this injury and rehab and come back stronger faster and smarter than I ever have been next season,” the tweet read.

Expect Iowa State’s resident tough guy and special teams hit man to deliver on the promise.

 Heck, the avid outdoorsman, motorcycle buff and former state champion wrestler even showed that level of grit — maybe more — after his Achilles was torn, Cyclone coach Paul Rhoads said Monday.

 “(He) battled a defender 15 yards on an Achilles tendon rupture and then threw him off him to help try to get involved in the play,” Rhoads said. “That’s courage and toughness.”

 Peters, a 5-11, 216-pound redshirt sophomore, both forced a fumble and recovered one last season, mostly as a special teams player.

 He’s had GIFs made out of his crushing takedowns of opponents and now plans to attack rehab the same way.

 “It’s a huge loss,” said starting MIKE linebacker Jevohn Miller, an emerging leader on the Cyclones’ young defense. “He would have been a guy that could have produced for of on the field, not just on special teams. He’s been working in the film room. He knows the defense. But just as far as energy it’s going to be a big loss and I’m going to be looking for someone to step up. I guess I’ll probably take some of that role myself, just before special teams, get them a little bit more hyped out there because he usually does that. We just all need to step it up now and bring more energy to the field for him.”

 He’s not just talking defense or special teams, either.

 Monday afternoon, ISU freshman receiver Allen Lazard tweeted this:

 “I want to be Levi Peters when I grow up.”

 To which, injured backup center Ben Loth replied:

 "damn straight lol."


Rob Gray


Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers. He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago. Rob specializes in feature stories for CF.