ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – He is easy to notice at six foot four and 286 pounds. Before he is done, Lobo fans will probably see a lot of pancakes from Lobos offensive line Avery Jordan.
Sports is in the family blood. His superstar brother, L.A. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, is leading the way.
“Having my brother a superstar, it’s fun but at the same time he gives you the rights and the wrongs to do and how to better yourself,” said Avery.
Avery continues to make himself better as he learns the Lobos offense in his first year with the team. “He really didn’t get here until late in the summer,” said Lobos head coach Bob Davie. “In an ideal situation, we would redshirt Avery Jordan but we just can’t. We are a little thin at that position as we know. He’s very talented and he performed as well as we thought he could have performed.”
Davie referenced Jordan’s last performance in a loss to Rutgers. It was the most he played all season.
“I played good,” said Avery. “I wish I had done better. I just have to keep doing good in practice.”
Like his big brother, Jordan spent most of his sports life on a basketball court, coming over to football late. “I played basketball all of my life,” said Avery. “I only played football my senior year and in Juco. Actually I broke my foot my sophomore year, then I broke it my junior year. Then my brother Brett, who is at Colorado State, he told me I should play football. I just gave it a go and this is where it lead me to now.”
Avery and Brett will be on opposite sidelines November 19. That is when the Lobos will meet Colorado State in Ft. Collins. The trash talk between the two brothers has already started to flow. “Yeah, we talk mess every day,” said Avery. He even told his coach. If I am playing he may try to ask his coach if he can get in on defense to go against me to see who is stronger or not in the household.”
There is no doubt who is the superstar in the family; DeAndre has that locked up. It was very evident during his visit to see Avery play in the Lobos home opener.
“I didn’t realize he was such a media sensation at the South Dakota game,” said Coach Davie. “We may bring him back each week to spike attendance.”
The Lobos are off this week and return to the field for homecoming and the start of Mountain West Conference to play against San Jose State October 1.