Hebron trying to keep up with all of it

ATHENS – The accolades are almost too many to name – USA Today All-USA First Team and Parade Magazine First Team All-American…a starting spot on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…

But as a freshman at Georgia, Akeem Hebron is just trying to take it all it as fast as it comes.

"The older guys have been teaching me a lot," Hebron said. "They are forcing me to learn the new techniques."

College football life is miles away from high school stardom. Hebron was a star at Our Lady Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, MD. He amassed a mountain of impressive statistics that make it easy to understand why recruiters came from far away to try to lure him to their programs.

Hebron led the Falcons with 131 tackles last season. He also had 14 tackles-for-loss, recorded nine sacks, made one interception which was returned for a touchdown, recovered three fumbles, blocked a punt and a field goal and forced three fumbles. When he wasn't busy being a defensive force, Hebron caught five passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns at receiver.

"Speed-wise, I feel as fast as anyone," Hebron said comparing himself to the landscape of Georgia's fall camp. "As far as when we are in 11-on-11, I feel like I need to learn more plays to shown my actual movement. I need to learn the system a little more so that I can use my speed. Right now I am starting to learn it, but it's helping me until I can get it all down and use my speed."

Hebron admits he worked this summer on conditioning. He said that although Georgia is not much hotter than Maryland in the summer that humidity makes real difference.

"Coming down early and getting used to the heat really helped me," Hebron said. "It gets hot up there, but it does not get this humid. I came out in the afternoon instead of the morning, so that I could get used to the humidity, and I think that really helped me out a lot."

"I always knew what college football was going to be all about. I knew that I would be real tired when camp started," Hebron said.

It seems redshirting is a real possibility for Hebron, and he says that his goal is to "learn everything possible that there is to know."


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