VandyMania: This is your fourth year in school, but you're a junior in eligibility, correct?
Jordan Pettit: Yes sir. I'll be a junior on the field.
VM: Things are looking pretty good for you to finally win a starting job this year.
Jordan: Yeah, it's the moment I've been waiting for my whole time here. I'm in the best shape of my life right now, and I hope to come out and do what I can for this team. We've got a good offensive line this year, and I just hope I can fill my part.
VM: Tell me about the conditioning test that the linemen had to pass at the beginning of fall camp, and what you've had to do in the offseason to stay in shape.
Jordan: I passed the conditioning test. We had to run 18 110's, and I ran them all. It's been tough, though. I've been nursing a hamstring for the last month, and it's been acting up on me some. I had a little setback back in the spring. I had elbow surgery. But I've gotten my bench press back to where it was beforehand, about 405. I've done 425 back in the spring, but I feel like that's pretty good considering I had surgery.
VM: Has it been tough for you to have to wait these last three years behind some guys like Pat Green and Duncan Cave?
Jordan: Oh yeah. Of course, you know any person who has a little pride about their game feels like they should be playing. I'm just glad I have a coach who believes in me now. I've got other offensive linemen that believe in me. I feel like I can jump in and help this team right now.
VM: I'm sure the linemen on the team are very close. Who are some of your closest friends among the linemen?
Jordan: Jim May and Jamie Byrum. We're basically the only three upperclassmen. I'm the only junior, and Jamie and Jim are the only seniors. We've been here together the whole time. Next year I'll be the only senior lineman.
VM: Tell me about your course of study, and what you plan to do with it.
Jordan: I'm studying HOD [Human and Organizational Development]. Hopefully I can take [playing football] to the next level. I've got two years to try to do that. If all else fails, I don't know, I probably want to do some kind of creative services work.
VM: What are some of your interests off the field?
Jordan: I listen to country music. I like to fish a lot. I like anything to do with water. I like the beach. I like lakes. I live with M. J. Garrett and Tom Simone. We like going out together a lot. Nashville's a great city to have a lot of fun in. We try to make the most of being in a big city.