Dave McMahon -- How much do you weigh now?
Fernando Velasco -- I weigh about 320 pounds. I want to be around 310 pounds.
DM -- What were you when you came here?
FV -- I was at 330 at one point.
DM -- Do you think it was a good decision that you redshirted last season?
FV -- I think it was good. I practiced a lot on the scout team. I went against Kedric Golston and Gerald Anderson a lot. It made me better and it made them better.
DM -- What did you learn from sitting out last year?
FV -- Max Jean-Gilles taught me a lot. He taught me to stay focused and the specifics about what to watch on the game films.
DM -- Did you watch him play last night for the Eagles?
FV -- I watched some. I talked to him last week. We talk on a regular basis.
DM -- Who are your favorite offensive linemen in the NFL?
FV -- I don't worry about that. I care about the linemen at Georgia.
DM -- Right now it looks like you may start, how does that make you feel?
FV -- This is the first time I have come into practices as a starter. But I still have to compete everyday. Zeb McKinzey is pushing me all the time. I still have to do my best.
DM -- Are you a better run blocker or pass protector?
FV -- Right now I am a better pass protector. I am further along there, but I still need to improve in both areas.
DM -- In practice, who do you have the best one-on-one battles with in the trenches?
FV -- Me and Jeffrey Owens go at it all the time. He is so strong and quick. We always have good battles.
DM -- Thank you for your time and good luck this upcoming season.
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