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Fernando Velasco
G #75
Height:
6-4
Weight:
310
Age:
29
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Louisville, Ga.
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2014):

G
8
GS
7
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 68 37
2014 CAR 8 7
2013 PIT 11 11
2012 TEN 16 16
2011 TEN 16 0
2010 TEN 16 3
2009 TEN 1 0
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 @TB W 20-14
2 DET W 24-7
3 PIT L 19-37
4 @BAL L 10-38
5 CHI W 31-24
6 @CIN L 37-37
7 @GB L 17-38
8 SEA L 9-13
9 NO L 10-28

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (7/24/14)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured right Achilles tendon by Pittsburgh (11/30/13)...Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh (9/10/13)...Released by Tennessee (8/31/13)...Signed as a free agent from practice squad by Tennessee (12/30/09)...Signed to practice squad by Tennessee (11/17/09)...Waived by Tennessee (11/14/09)...Signed as a free agent from practice squad by Tennessee (11/7/09)...Signed to practice squad by Tennessee (9/7/09)...Waived by Tennessee (9/5/09)...Signed as a free agent by Tennessee (1/12/09)...Signed to practice squad by Tennessee (9/1/08)...Waived by Tennessee (8/30/08)...Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Tennessee (5/2/08).

GP/GS
Career (60/30); 2013 (11/11); 2012 (16/16); 2011 (16/0); 2010 (16/3); 2009 (1/0).

2013
Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh (9/10) after center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a season-ending injury...Provided stability for the Steelers at center, starting 11 games before rupturing right Achilles tendon at Baltimore (11/28) and being placed on injured reserve (11/30)...Attended training camp with Tennessee and was released in the final roster cutdown (8/31).

2012
Started a career-high 16 games for Tennessee...Opened the first 13 games at center...Moved to left guard for the last three games following a season-ending injury to Steve Hutchinson...Cleared paths for Chris Johnson to rush for 1,243 yards and provided protection for offense that yielded 39 sacks.

2011
Played in 16 games for Tennessee...Saw action primarily on special teams and as a reserve at center and guard.

2010
Played in 16 games with three starts - two at center and one at left guard - for Tennessee...Vs. Denver (10/3): Inserted at left guard late in the fourth quarter when Leroy Harris sustained an injury...At Dallas (10/10): Made first NFL start at left guard...Vs. Indianapolis (12/9): Replaced an injured Eugene Amano at center in the fourth quarter...Started the next two games at center versus Houston (12/19) and at Kansas City (12/26).

2009
Played in one game and was inactive for one game in two stints on Tennessee's active roster in addition to spending 14 games on the practice squad...Began the season on the Titans' practice squad before being promoted to the active roster (11/7)...Made NFL debut on special teams at San Francisco (11/8) and then rejoined the practice squad (11/17) after being waived (11/14)...Re-signed to the active roster (12/30) and was inactive for the season finale at Seattle (1/3).

2008
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Tennessee (5/2)...Spent the entire regular season and postseason on the Titans' practice squad.

COLLEGE
Played in 49 games with 27 starts at Georgia...Made 14 starts at guard and 13 at center...2007 (Sr.): Second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection...Started 13 games at center...2006 (Jr.): Started 13 games at guard...2005: Redshirted...2004 (So.): Played in 12 games with one start at guard...2003 (Fr.): Played in 11 games.

PERSONAL
Attended Jefferson County HS in Louisville, Ga....Graduated from Georgia with a degree in health and physical education.
TRANSACTIONS
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (7/24/14)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured right Achilles tendon by Pittsburgh (11/30/13)...Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh (9/10/13)...Released by Tennessee (8/31/13)...Signed as a free agent from practice squad by Tennessee (12/30/09)...Signed to practice squad by Tennessee (11/17/09)...Waived by Tennessee (11/14/09)...Signed as a free agent from practice squad by Tennessee (11/7/09)...Signed to practice squad by Tennessee (9/7/09)...Waived by Tennessee (9/5/09)...Signed as a free agent by Tennessee (1/12/09)...Signed to practice squad by Tennessee (9/1/08)...Waived by Tennessee (8/30/08)...Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Tennessee (5/2/08).

GP/GS
Career (60/30); 2013 (11/11); 2012 (16/16); 2011 (16/0); 2010 (16/3); 2009 (1/0).

2013
Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh (9/10) after center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a season-ending injury...Provided stability for the Steelers at center, starting 11 games before rupturing right Achilles tendon at Baltimore (11/28) and being placed on injured reserve (11/30)...Attended training camp with Tennessee and was released in the final roster cutdown (8/31).

2012
Started a career-high 16 games for Tennessee...Opened the first 13 games at center...Moved to left guard for the last three games following a season-ending injury to Steve Hutchinson...Cleared paths for Chris Johnson to rush for 1,243 yards and provided protection for offense that yielded 39 sacks.

2011
Played in 16 games for Tennessee...Saw action primarily on special teams and as a reserve at center and guard.

2010
Played in 16 games with three starts - two at center and one at left guard - for Tennessee...Vs. Denver (10/3): Inserted at left guard late in the fourth quarter when Leroy Harris sustained an injury...At Dallas (10/10): Made first NFL start at left guard...Vs. Indianapolis (12/9): Replaced an injured Eugene Amano at center in the fourth quarter...Started the next two games at center versus Houston (12/19) and at Kansas City (12/26).

2009
Played in one game and was inactive for one game in two stints on Tennessee's active roster in addition to spending 14 games on the practice squad...Began the season on the Titans' practice squad before being promoted to the active roster (11/7)...Made NFL debut on special teams at San Francisco (11/8) and then rejoined the practice squad (11/17) after being waived (11/14)...Re-signed to the active roster (12/30) and was inactive for the season finale at Seattle (1/3).

2008
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Tennessee (5/2)...Spent the entire regular season and postseason on the Titans' practice squad.

COLLEGE
Played in 49 games with 27 starts at Georgia...Made 14 starts at guard and 13 at center...2007 (Sr.): Second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection...Started 13 games at center...2006 (Jr.): Started 13 games at guard...2005: Redshirted...2004 (So.): Played in 12 games with one start at guard...2003 (Fr.): Played in 11 games.

PERSONAL
Attended Jefferson County HS in Louisville, Ga....Graduated from Georgia with a degree in health and physical education.
 

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