"I am sure that he was scared to death," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt. Barnes wore a green #18 non-contact jersey at practice.
"He showed up yesterday and took a physical, went to a very short meeting, and then he went to practice. He knows absolutely nothing about what we are doing right now. Its very difficult for him but we are just going to teach him and he is going to learn quick."
Barnes started planning in 9th grade to leave high school a semester early in order to join up with the college that he would end up at. Richt thinks that planning will pay off for the freshman in the long run.
"This experience before the bowl is going to be helpful before spring. To have this (bowl) practice and spring practice before he even shows up with the rest of his class is really going to help him," said Richt.
Georgia's current quarterback, the guy that wears the number 14 non-contact jersey at practice, David Greene says that it must have been an exciting day for Barnes.
"For the first day I think that he really did a good job. They are throwing so much at him. It's a whole new environment; he is learning a new system and now has new drops compared to what he's been doing in high school," Greene said.
"He is going through a lot of change right now. It's going to be a tough adjustment for him," Greene added.
"Coach Richt and Coach Bobo were working with him quite a bit through practice. They were helping him with the signals and talking with him. Coach Richt was doing a lot of one on one with him when we were out there," said Greene.
Barnes will not be the only new quarterback to make the trip to Orlando. AJ Bryant will also make the trip for the bowl game.