Southern Miss offensive tackle Drew Peterson was a little apprehensive when first asked to make the switch from tight end to offensive tackle.
Who can blame him?
The 6'6 athletic big man had both the athletic ability and speed to play the tight end position well. It wasn't until his head coach at Kilgore Junior College saw even greater potential for him along the offensive line and asked him to move to tackle.
Wanting to do what was best for the team, he made the switch and has been learning the position ever since. The Golden Eagle staff certainly saw that potential coming to life when he was in Junior College, and they were the school who simply recruited him the hardest.
Interestingly, Southern Miss saw him at a practice where they were there recruiting another player. The staff watched one practice and were convinced. They made an offer to Peterson and the rest is history.
"Southern Miss made an offer to me and to be honest they were the one school that talked to me every day," Peterson told GoldenEaglePride.com after Tuesday's practice.
"I loved the way I saw they built a relationship with their players that wasn't just based on football. I had a tough experience at Arkansas and I wanted to go to a place where I knew the coaches would look after my best interest and really cared about their players. They always shot straight with me.
"When I visited, there was no more doubt. They made me know that I would be taken care of and cared for there, and that made all the difference. It was home, right away."
As Peterson has been made to feel at home, he's also grown in his knowledge of the position under offensive line coach Luke Meadows.
"I love Coach Meadows," he said.
"I'm just soaking up everything I can and trying to learn as much from him about the line as I can. He's a great teacher and has been patient with me. I feel a little more comfortable every day."
Peterson admits the transition was not an easy one.
"There was so much to learn and the game is really fast," he said.
"Things have slowed down as I'm learning the position and every practice I feel like I'm getting better. I just have to keep working and stay in the film room."
Peterson has been getting more playing time, and he saw a lot of time last week against Nebraska when Rashod Hill went down with an injury.
"I know I have to stay ready," he said.
"Anything can happen and I'm already getting some time because of the depth we have. Coach likes to rotate us and keep us fresh. With Rashod out I got a lot of playing time and that experience can only help me."
The big offensive lineman feels like the best is still yet to come for these Golden Eagles.
"We feel like we can win every game we play," he said.
"We went into Nebraska to win and were disappointed that we didn't. Now, we start the season over and have a chance to accomplish our goal which is winning the conference championship. It starts this week and we have to have a good week of practice and get back there in front of our fans and play well.
"We have all our goals out there and it all starts this week."