Like any other true freshman, the start of fall camp was a strange new time for Fernando Velasco. The Bulldogs needed young offensive linemen to step up and establish themselves on the two-deep. Still, Velasco said, that didn't stop him from being nervous about it.
"It was a little nerve racking coming out there as a freshman," he admitted. "I don't think there is any question that you have butterflies going off inside you. That's just a part of going up."
There was a time when true freshmen got to practice amongst themselves for the first few days of camp. That is no longer the case at Georgia. From the get go freshmen and seniors are thrown in together. That makes for one interesting mix.
"The guy I remember most going up against was Ken Veal," Velasco said. "He was a real big strong defensive tackle in there. I was playing on the inside and David Pollack was on the outside."
That was not the sight Velasco was used to seeing from his high school days.
"I can remember seeing Pollack just being out there destroying guys," he said with a chuckle.
Now it's Velasco's turn to intimidate… look out freshman.