ATHENS - A.J. Green says summer workouts with his new Georgia teammates gave him a head start in learning pass routes.
The workouts also gave Georgia players a sneak preview of Green, one of the nation's top-rated recruits at receiver, and they quickly began spreading the word of the new kid's big-play skills.
Senior Mohamed Massaquoi bragged about Green at the Southeastern Conference media days, telling reporters Green could become one of the top receivers in the league.
Other players gave glowing reports from the informal summer workouts to coach Mark Richt and his staff, who were eager to see the 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver with the much-hyped leaping ability and speed.
By the time Green had a chance to participate in his first workout this week, he had heard all the hype.
As it turns out, Green may have tried too hard on his first day to show the hype was no exaggeration.
Green said he tried to make a good showing 'with all the coaches out there,' but he fell victim to rookie nerves in his first workout on Monday.
'Everybody builds you up like some big-time recruit,' he said, shaking his head. 'There were a lot of nerves out there.'
Slowed by nerves and a slight groin injury, Green had to write off the first practice as a learning experience. But Green isn't being rushed by Richt, as receiver is a deep position for Georgia, which also has depth at other spots after finishing last year ranked second in the nation.
Massaquoi and Kenneth Harris are projected starters as seniors in a receiving corps that also returns Kris Durham, Tony Wilson, Michael Moore and Demiko Goodman.
'Since I've been here at Georgia, this is probably the most amount of guys who are game-ready,' Richt said. 'Hopefully a couple of more guys will add to that - a couple of young guys.'
Richt didn't name Green, but that wasn't necessary.
Green caught 72 passes for 1,437 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior at Summerville, where he was a four-time all-state pick in South Carolina by The Associated Press.