Veal is listed as the number one noseguard for the Bulldogs.
Veal, who played in 10 regular season games last year, starting three, comes into the season with experience.
Last fall the 6’ 2, 297 pounder from Cedartown collected 22 tackles, including two sacks. His best games were perhaps in the 31-17 win over Georgia Tech when he had five total tackles or the Music City Bowl against Boston College were he also had five tackles.
Veal, who bench presses 415 pounds, is used to success though. In high school he was named to the USA Today All-USA Honorable Mention Team, as well as the Super 11, Super Southern 100, and Top 50 in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also on the AA All-State first team his senior year after making All-State his junior year.
His success comes from a combination of quickness and strength as he had seven sacks and 104 tackles in his senior campaign.
Majoring in Child and Family Development in college, Veal loves the crowds at Georgia games and his favorite thing about UGA is the people.
After being redshirted in 1999 and playing in only four games in 2000, he finally had his breakout year in 2001 after being listed as the number 3 noseguard at the conclusion of last year’s spring practice.
Veal had several four-tackle games last year including some against the always rugged Southeastern Conference squads.
The Bulldogs finished 8-4 last season and 25th in the Nation. They have five returning starters on defense and eight offensive players back from a team that went 5-3 in conference games last year.
Despite having eight players taken in the NFL draft this spring, the Bulldogs are still ranked eighth in one pre-season football publication.
Georgia’s first game this season is against the Clemson Tigers of the ACC on August 31 at home in Athens.
Another former Cedartown graduate who is now finding success on the gridiron is quarterback Joey King.
Enrolled at Carson-Newman College, home of the Eagles, King is an upcoming sophomore who saw limited playing time on last year’s 6-3 squad.
Listed at 6-foot and 183 pounds, King rushed for 50 yards in the home opening win over Guilford last year, 48-0.
A graduate in 2001, he led Cedartown to the Georgia Dome and state semifinals in 1999. That was the first time Cedartown made it that far since 1995. King finished off his last two seasons as a Bulldog with a 22-5 record.
While not getting the stats he had in high school yet, King is determined not to have a sophomore slump.
“I look forward to big things up there” King stated recently.
Shiron Colvin, another Cedartown graduate will be joining King at Carson-Newman College this fall.
Colvin helped Cedartown go 13-1 this past year and a appearance in the state championship game. He had over 650 yards receiving this year and over 25 tackles.
Carson-Newman, averaged 267.8 yards per game rushing last year, and kicks off the season August 29th, taking on Winston Salem State at 7 p.m.