So far, LSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson is known mostly as the little brother of Patrick Peterson, the All-Pro star of the Arizona Cardinals and former Tigers standout. Fans have waited to see him play for years after Peterson (then Avery Johnson) became the first commitment of the 2012 class while a junior at Ely High in Pompano Beach, Fla., in September 2010 (after playing for Redemptorist in 2008). He then originally did not qualify and spent the 2012 season at Hargrave Millitary Academy in Chatham, Va. But after enrolling at LSU in January 2013, he injured an ankle in preseason camp and didn’t play at all last season.
Q: How often do you talk with your brother, Patrick? Did he give you advice for playing in an NFL stadium?
A: I talk to Patrick probably twice a week. He’s been giving me good advice. He said, “It’s going to be loud and exciting. The blood and adrenaline is going to be going, and it’s going to be hyped. Just take it all in.
Q: He’s going to be in the stadium this Saturday. Do you think he’s going to be critiquing you?
A: I’m not sure, but I do know he’s going to be in my ear. I just want to go out there and have fun. If I go out there and mess up on a play, he’s still going to be behind me. Even if I get down, he’ll be there. Either way, he’ll be behind me.
Q: A lot of your teammates say you’re one of the fastest players on the team. Are you the fastest?
A: I’m one of the fastest, but I don’t want to say I’m the fastest. I don’t want to start anything.
Q: Will it be difficult transitioning from Anthony Jennings to Brandon Harris mid-game, should coaches make that change?
A: Not really, because they know us, and we know them. We take reps with both guys, so it won’t be hard at all. To me, they’re similar.
Q: Does it feel surreal that opening week is finally here after you missed all of last season?
A: With me getting injured last year, I just said, “I hope I can make it through camp.” And I did, and I made it out healthy. I just can’t wait for this game. But I can’t wait for our first home game, really. I’ve been waiting for this ever since I came out of high school and since my brother was here. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. It’s going to be very exciting.