BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson has never played a snap of college football, but don't be surprised if he is not overly impressed or intimidated by the defensive backs he'll face this season.
When your older brother is Arizona Cardinals All-Pro defensive back and LSU great Patrick Peterson, that's probably the case.
"He gets me better, makes me better," Avery Peterson said of his offseason battles against his brother. "He makes me meaner for these DBs in the SEC."
He described the one-on-one matchups as intense.
"We go up against each other. I'll have my catches, he'll have his bat downs. He'll jam me on the line. He's a pretty strong guy (smiles). When I catch the ball on him, he gets really upset," Peterson continued.
So that has actually happened?
"I beat him a couple of times. If I can get off his jam and get around him, I can beat anyone," he nodded and smiled.
Avery Peterson also bears the weight of living in big brother's very large shadow. Regarded as one of the top players in the entire NFL, Patrick Peterson just signed an incredible 5-year, $70 million contract with the Cardinals. He has been named to the Pro Bowl each of his three seasons.
"Right now, my name is 'Patrick Peterson's little brother.' So, I've got to make a name for myself. So, that's the kind of shadow I'm living in right now, until I establish myself," Peterson explained.
Avery Peterson added that his brother, who was likewise an All-American at LSU, has been very supportive and helpful.
"He wants me to be better than him. Be your own guy. Don't try to do what I did at LSU. Just be you," Peterson said his brother tells him.
And, the NFL knowledge passed down is also very beneficial.
"Being Pat's brother is a leg up for me, because like you say, he's a famous football player or whatever. And, he's the best cornerback, in my opinion, in the NFL," Peterson added.
Speaking of which, how much does Seattle Seahawks' defensive back and division rival Richard Sherman motivate Patrick Peterson?
"Just to continue to go out there and guard the No. 1 receiver. And, lock him down. And, shut Richard Sherman up … hopefully," he laughed.