Moves into his second season as Michigan State's starting left tackle . . .
AS A JUNIOR: Shared the Tommy Love Award as the team's most improved player with defensive end Nick Myers, free safety Richard Newsome and offensive guard Dave Sucura . . . started 11 games at left tackle (DNP vs. Northwestern; sprained right knee) in 1999 and played 276 minutes . . . turned in his best all-around performance vs. Michigan, grading out 81 percent with 15 production points . . .
JUNIOR COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Earned JUCO All-America honors from PrepStar, SuperPrep and JC Gridwire . . . ranked among the nation's top 150 JUCO players by both PrepStar and SuperPrep . . . rated among the nation's top 10 JUCO offensive linemen by SuperPrep (No. 6) . . . a first-team All-California and All-Mission Conference selection as a sophomore . . . played for Coach Frank Mazzotta at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., helping the Falcons to a 9-2 record in 1998 and a victory in the Strawberry Bowl . . . started at tight end as a freshman and caught six passes for 106 yards (17.7 avg.) and a touchdown . . . Coach Mazzotta describes Peko as "the best offensive lineman I've ever coached" . . . attended La Serna High School in Whittier, Calif., where he played for Coach Wayne Manzo . . . runs 5.0 in the 40 . . . born Sept. 19, 1978 . . . majoring in parks, recreation and tourism.
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