A 23-year-old sophomore, Peterson was understudy last year to Sean Schaefer, Towson's record-setting passer who graduated in May. But Peterson's track to the top has been different from most.
After high school, he spurned offers from big-time colleges to serve a mission for his church. The one-time star quarterback from San Antonio fell off the football map and spent two years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working in slums, building homes for the poor and spreading The Word for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"Going on my mission was an extremely tough decision," said Peterson, who left the country in 2005. "I still haven't got all of my [football] skills back. But it was the most worthwhile two years that I've ever spent.