Green Begins Career at Georgia

ATHENS – Cue the trumpets… A.J. Green's college career has started.

Expectations can be a difficult thing to deal with – just ask Green, who just completed his first day of practice with nearly every set of eyes fixed on him. While the South Carolina native admitted to being nervous on his first day of football in college, overall the day went well.

"I think A.J. had some nerves out there today," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said after the first practice of the year. "But I think he's going to be a deep threat for us. You can tell that he is real smooth, and that he has strong hands."

Green was slowed today after he re-injured his groin. That kept him out of some parts of practice. But the rest of the time Green was working on route running, which he claims is his weak point right now.

"That's the part of my game that needs to get better," said Green, who was huddled by about ten reporters after practice.

Green committed to Georgia in October 2006 and stayed firm in his commitment to the Bulldogs the entire day.

"We wanted to get it out of the way and focus academics," said the freshman of his pledge to the Dawgs. "I was firm with other schools about it. Florida was trying, but I stayed firm with my decision."

Green, who says that he wants to be the "go-to guy", said it took him little time to get used to the velocity of Matthew Stafford's passes.

"I don't believe in ‘throwing hard,'" Green said. "If you can catch the ball – you can catch it."

In the meantime Green says his focus is on helping the team get better – even if that involves a redshirt, which seems unlikely at this time.

"It may take me a little time to get used to the speed of the college game, but I think I can get there," Green said.

He'll get it – even if he didn't meet every single expectation out there today.

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