For freshman quarterback Winston Gamso the transition to college life has been relatively easy. Right now he is in summer classes, playing 7-on-7 daily with the team, and is fully prepared for the upcoming season and the rigors of playing division 1 football while maintaining his class schedule.
After all, the 6'4" 215 lb quarterback from Highland Park feels like he is in his own backyard.
"They did a really good job at Highland Park preparing us for college, both academically and for football. I feel very comfortable in this environment," Gamso told PonyStampede.com on Tuesday afternoon. "So far it has been really fun getting to know new people, new teammates, new plays and new coaches, but it's been easier for me because I'm so close to home."
Gamso is coming from an extremely successful senior year with the Scotts, having led the team to a 15-1 record and a runner-up finish in the state playoffs. He threw for 32 touchdowns and had the 4th highest quarterback rating in all of Texas. Even though he has been successful before, Gamso still feels the pressure to produce.
"The last 5 years Highland Park has produced a Division 1 quarterback, so there is a little pressure right there. Also, Matthew Stafford is doing so well at Georgia. I'm very happy for him, and at the same time, it gives me something to work towards."
Gamso has been working very hard during the spring and summer and is eager to start the new season on the Hilltop.
"These coaches are really just the best I've ever met. I love them, and they are just geniuses. I can't really say much more about them."
Being a quarterback is always a fun position to play in the run-and-gun June Jones system, and Winston Gamso is looking forward to helping the team achieve its goals in any way he can.
"We have to aim the highest, and that's a BCS bowl. If that's realistic, I don't know. All I know is you have to set your goals high. As far as me, I want to do whatever I can do to help out, whether it's from the field or from the sideline, I don't know. Either way, I can't wait to see what this team will do."