HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Football fans can rejoice knowing the NFL season is almost here.
Training camps are underway across the league and in San Diego, Laie's own Manti Teo is officially no longer a rookie.
The middle linebacker enters camp about five pounds lighter and fully healthy.
For most of last year, he dealt with a nagging foot injury and suffered a concussion in the playoffs against the Denver Broncos.
Nonetheless, he still picked up 71 tackles in his first season.
The Punahou grad says another year in San Diego has made him more comfortable with the system and he's taking it upon himself to teach the rookies.
"Immerse yourself in the playbook and really try to learn it as much as you can because once you start knowing where you are supposed to know, that's when the game will start to slow down for you," said Teo when asked by media what kind of advice he gives to rookies. "It slowed down for me and toward the end of the season when I started to get more familiar with the plays and stuff like that. Just take things slow and go from there, you should be fine."
Teo's first preseason game is August 7 against Dallas.