Playing alongside fellow Auburn commitment Racean Thomas in the backfield, Pettway is already getting a taste of what life is going to be like down the road on the Plains. He says he and "Roc" are building a relationship that will carry over to when both are suiting up for the Tigers.
"We are starting to form a good bond," Pettway says. "We just know we're going to be playing together the next three or four years. We're getting to know each other better every day."
While Thomas is the classic tailback, Pettway brings a lot of variety to the table because of his size and speed. Part of that is the ability to be a punishing blocker on the edge. It's something he did as a senior at Prattville even though he ran for more than 1,000 yards in the process. Even though he's getting the opportunity to do some of that this week as well, the 6-1, 227-pounder says he prefers the ball in his hands.
"It's pretty fun to move around out of my position," Pettway says. "It also helps knowing that me and Roc will be in the backfield at the same time. I don't really mind blocking, but I like running the ball most of the time."
Pettway looks for running room
Growing up dreaming of one day playing in the Alabama-Mississippi game, Pettway says he is having a blast this week getting to know his teammates as well as representing his state. There is another positive to the week as well and that is getting to know his future Auburn teammates. In addition to Thomas, he's teaming up with linebacker Tre Williams, defensive end Justin Thornton and defensive back Stephen Roberts in Saturday's game and is pumped about the experience.
"It's fun just hanging around all these guys and getting to know them better," Pettway says. "I have gotten a good feel for them on the field and off the field and how they act."
When Auburn takes on Florida State in the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 6, Pettway will have a unique perspective of the contest. A commitment to the Seminoles until flipping to the Tigers after Dameyune Craig returned home to Auburn, Pettway says he had no clue the 2013 season would turn out like it has for Gus Malzahn's team.
"Not when I first committed I didn't," Pettway says of Auburn's run to the BCS National Championship. "As things started to progress I saw it. I had a lot of faith in them."
Just a few months from signing with Auburn and getting his career underway, Pettway says his decision has been a great one for him and he can't wait to see what is in store for the Tigers down the road.
"I'm just ready for my turn," Pettway says. "It means a lot to me to see how well they're playing. They've done so much in one year. I just know there is going to be a lot more for us in the 2014 class coming in. We're going to have a lot more opportunities like that also."