U of U football: Coleman Petersen credits family for keeping him on course

By Emily Radivoyevich

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Aug. 31 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT

“I wouldn’t say I have a routine, but my warm-up is always the same,” Petersen said. “I run a couple of times and do high knees. My stretching routine is always the same, too. Kicking for me, just running out onto the field, you don't even think about the kick. There is so much going on and it goes so fast. You are just worried about the moment. You don't worry about what could happen if you miss or what could happen if you make it.”

With the opportunity to gain more experience in 2012, Petersen hopes his performance will lead to an opportunity to kick at the next level.

“Depending on how the year goes, I will definitely try for the NFL,” Petersen said. “My plan is to get my MBA after I graduate in December. It just all depends on how football goes. You have to get awards in college to get looked at and hopefully invited to the [NFL scouting combine]. Depending on how your college career went, sometimes you can just go try out for teams, too.”

Petersen, the youngest of three boys, is grateful his family raised him with a strong competitive spirit.

“We almost never fought,” Petersen said. “We are all three years apart, and they would tease me sometimes. My dad played football, basketball and baseball and ran track, so we all grew up super competitive. We had a lot of great opportunities to compete.”

Petersen’s family and friends have been an immeasurable source of support for him. He recently married former Ute soccer player Anne Shallenberger and credits her for being an inspiration to him having been a college athlete herself. Petersen jokes that they will be “breeding for kicking” when they start a family.

“My wife and my family are my biggest inspirations, and I have a lot of friends that are super supportive,” Petersen said. “One of my good friends from high school, Chris Trane, is a huge supporter. If I ever needed him to help me practice kicking he would be there.

“My brothers and I are super close and my parents flew to every [away] game last year,” Petersen continued with a grin. “My sister-in-law never played a sport while growing up, so coming into my family was a super shock to her but she is probably more into football than anybody in the family.”

With talent, experience and support, Petersen is hopeful of kicking his way to new heights in his final season with the Utes.

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