Blake Peiffer Interview
Sr / Southeast Missouri State / LB

Updated - 3-22-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Blake Peiffer:  I am around 6’2 and 240 pounds.  My forty would be in the high 4.6’s or low 4.7’s.


Alex Khvatov:  What schools recruited you when you were coming out of high school?

Blake Peiffer:  Southeast Missouri State was looking at me.  They offered me right away after my senior year.  I took their offer and went there.  Northwestern was looking at me for a little while.  I didn’t have the fastest forty time coming out of high school. 


Alex Khvatov:  Are you happy with the decision that you made by coming to Southeast Missouri State?

Blake Peiffer:  I am happy with the decision.  I made the All-Conference team.  I was an All-American at the school.  We won the conference while I was there.  It was a good decision for me.


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your overall career.

Blake Peiffer:  I didn’t start as a freshman.  I started six games the following year.  We won the conference championship that year.  I had 150 tackles my junior year.  I made the All-Conference team.  I worked even harder in the off-season before my senior year.  I had high expectations my senior year and I accomplished them all. 


Alex Khvatov:  Where are you training for the NFL Draft?

Blake Peiffer:  I am in Buffalo, New York right now.  I am training with Paul Childress twice a day.  We run Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Then we lift in the evenings.  I am just preparing for the pro day.  I need to put up the best time. 


Alex Khvatov:  When is your pro day?

Blake Peiffer:  I have a regional combine on March 10th in Chicago.  Then on March 29th, we have Southwest Missouri State’s pro day.  I will be doing all of the running drills.  I want to do good in position drills.  I want to improve on my times each time. 


Alex Khvatov:  What is the feedback that you have received from scouts? 

Blake Peiffer:  Honestly, I don’t know.  No one told me anything.  I want to put up good times during the pro days.  I want to jump on somebody’s board. 


Alex Khvatov:  How does it feel to be a small fish in a large pond?

Blake Peiffer:  It keeps me level headed.  I have a chip on my shoulder every day.  It takes awhile for a small school guy to get noticed.  I love being the underdog.  I like to surprise people and come out of nowhere.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Blake Peiffer:  I am a good leader.  I was the captain last year.  I am a leader as a middle LB.  I like being a physical player.  I play the run well.  I take on bigger linemen pretty well.  I have a high motor.  I have fun out there on the football field.


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon? 

Blake Peiffer:  I need to improve in pass coverage a little bit.  I think that I improved in that area every year.  It is a passing league now.  You need to be able to get back in pass coverage. 


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career up to this point? 

Blake Peiffer:  Honestly, winning the Conference Championship my sophomore year.  I also made the All-American team last two years, but we didn’t have winning seasons. 


Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?

Blake Peiffer:  I do enjoy coming up against the run.  There are some big name guys (linebackers in this draft) that aren’t good playing at the point at attack.  A linebacker still needs to be able to play against the run.  I can do both.  I play against the run well and can drop back into coverage. 


Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Blake Peiffer:  I root for them all.  As a little kid, I liked the Bears because my dad played for them.


Alex Khvatov:  Has you dad given you any advice about the NFL? 

Blake Peiffer:  He played in the late 70’s.  It was a run league back then.  It is a passing league now.  We sit down all the time and talk.  He gave me pointers and told me what I needed to improve on after my games.  He told me that you need to study film and work hard on special teams.  Special teams is my foot in the door.


Alex Khvatov:  What did you enjoy the most about playing college football? 

Blake Peiffer:  Team camaraderie.  We set goals for and we accomplish them as a team.  It is a brotherhood.  We are a band of brothers.  I have friends for the rest of my life.  We grow together as one.  It is amazing.


Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of a leader?

Blake Peiffer:  A leader is someone that knows his responsibility.  He helps others.  He is able to motivate on and off the field.  A leader is someone who always goes hard, and others feed off of you.


Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?

Blake Peiffer:  George Neuhaus.  He was a LB behind me the last two years.  I tried to help him along.  He will get his chance this year and he should break out. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Blake Peiffer:  I like to be outdoors.  I like to work on our family farm.  My family owns a small farm in Missouri.  There is still a lot of work to be done.  I also like to go hunting and fishing.  I hate being indoors. 


Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Blake Peiffer:  Growing up, it was Brian Urlacher.  I rooted for him.  He is a great middle linebacker.  I think that he still has a few more years left.


Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over? 

Blake Peiffer:  I want to be either a high school coach or a personal trainer.


Alex Khvatov:  Is the NFL a dream or a reality at this point?

Blake Peiffer:  It is more of a reality every day.  The draft is getting closer.  I got to keep getting after it.  It is my shot. 


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Blake Peiffer is….

Blake Peiffer:  I am a physical guy.  I love to compete.  I give it my all.  You will never be disappointed with my effort.  I am a hard worker.  I am getting better with football every day while going through this whole process.  I am a humble guy. 


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