Sophomore kicker who will be the favorite to take over for departed two-year starter Mike Matheny ... Is the only kicker on the Tiger roster with game experience, and has worked hard to improve his leg strength ... Showed improvement over the spring practice period, and has won the No. 1 spot on the depth chart heading into fall camp ... Ended the spring season by connecting on 3-of-3 extra points and 2-of-3 field goal attempts in the annual Black and Gold Game ... Changed his jersey number from 91 to 35 in the off-season.
Saw action in one game on the year, as he got to kick in MU's last regular-season game against Iowa State ... Came on for a late extra point, which he drilled through the uprights ... Has now made 4-of-5 extra points on his career thus far.
Redshirt year ... Won the starting job coming out of fall camp, but after the first game, Tiger coaches opted to redshirt him and allow him time to develop ... Made the first kick of his career, an extra point that gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead on the first possession of the season vs. the Illini ... Ended the game 3-of-4 in extra points ... Had two field goal attempts in the game, but had his first one blocked from 16 yards out, and came up a little short later in the game from 42 yards out.
Ranked among the top-15 kickers in the country by Rivals.com ... Two-time special teams most valuable player at Newman Smith High School ... Selected an all-district punter as a senior and an all-Metrocrest kicker as a junior ... Never missed an extra point in high school and had a long field goal of 35 yards ... Also lettered in soccer as a senior ... High school coach - Andy Sexton.
Son of John and Nelly Pettersen ... Born April 21, 1984 ... Intends to major in journalism or communications.
PETTERSEN CAREER STATISTICS
G-GS FGM-FGA Pct. Long XPM-XPA Pct.
2002 1-1 0-2 .000 0 3-4 .750
2003 1-0 0-0 .000 0 1-1 1.000
Totals 2-1 0-2 .000 0 4-5 .800
1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
2002 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0
2003 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Totals 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0