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That figures to continue. Beyond this postseason appearance, he likely will be one of the cornerstones for Navy’s defense next year. French, Warrick and fellow linebacker Keegan Wetzel graduate, as does safety Tra’ves Bush.

Peterson’s found a place to thrive, and he’s avoided the injuries that helped shape his first two seasons. But the foundation of his breakthrough came from the trait that’s defined him since he arrived in Annapolis.

“He goes full speed,” Green said. “We harp on going full speed, but he’s a guy you want to use as a model. Everybody should be like him.”