"When we put on the pads I'll be able to tell whether I really like it or not,'' he said. "I'll be taking on more guards and tackles and centers than I was at [the Star] when I was taking on tight ends and receivers.''
Already Petteway is finding one big difference. As a safety and even as an outside linebacker, he was able to move around as the opposing offense made its pre-snap movements. In the middle there's a little bit of movement, too, but generally just a step or two one way or the other.
"It's a lot more technical, more focus on your stance,'' Petteway said. "I woke up this morning with back pain from squatting down so much.''
If nothing else, Petteway should be developing a rather broad range of knowledge about defense. Again, he was a linebacker in high school in Steubenville, Ohio, played both the spur and bandit safety spots last season, the Star in the spring and now the Sam.
"I know what the people behind me and beside me are doing,'' Petteway said. "So that can't hurt.''
While Petteway, a sophomore, wasn't going to unseat the senior Garvin (24 career starts) at the Star, he'll also have a tough time doing so with Rigg at Sam. But if nothing else, the move should give the Mountaineers more versatility at both positions. And who knows? He might surprise.
"They gave me the opportunity,'' Petteway said. "Now I have to take advantage.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.