For one junior college quarterback, making a cross country journey was just what the doctor ordered.
Sophomore quarterback Nick Lamaison is excited about being in Knoxville Tennessee, even though it's over 3,000 miles from home. Lamaison, who grew up in California, is adjusting to life in the southeast.
"The weather is definitely different," Lamaison admitted in a previous interview. "The people are different here, things are just a lot different, but not in a bad way. It's a good difference, I'm adjusting well."
Lamaison transferred to the University of Tennessee after only one year at Mount San Antonio Junior College. He was an academic qualifier out of high school, therefore not having to graduate before transferring to a Division 1 school.
Before leaving the junior college, Lamaison completed over 66 percent of his passes for over 3,500 yards and 38 touchdowns against only seven interceptions.
Lamaison is excited about being at Rocky Top and going through fall camp with the Volunteers.
"I'm doing well so far," Lamaison told InsideTennessee.com. "I'm progressing everyday, I have a lot to accomplish and take in but I'm taking it day by day and happy with everything so far."
The talented signal caller is just happy to be competing at the Division 1 level. He is uncertain of what the future holds for him this fall.
"We haven't talked about red-shirting, but I'm open to what ever is best for the team," Lamaison said. "Right now I'm just busy learning the offense and doing everything I can do to get ready for the season."
According to Lamaison his progress so far has been easier than expected.
"The coaches have simplified the offense," Lamaison said. "It's not difficult to learn, just a lot of repetition"
Lamaison has been impressed with his new teammates at Tennessee.
"This team is definitely hungry," Lamaison said. "They are ready to win a championship, you can see it in their eyes and the way they carry themselves on and off the field."
Lamaison also is impressed with the Vol's new coaching staff.
"They are very impressive," Lamaison said. "They are very business like and they treat us like men, what else could anyone ask for."