"What advice does any of you have for a new player? "
No matter what, stick with it. The first 6 months are the hardest because you are going to go over basics, basics, and more basics. You may also get frustrated because people half your size and a quarter of your strength will throw you around like a rag doll. It is also very difficult to throw a resisting person. Probably the most difficult physical thing I have ever done. I have seen so many people, people that would have thrown me off the mat, come and go over the last 3 or 4 years I have lost count.
Throws - Don't look at randori as competition, but rather a way to test grips, throws, setups, and combinations for yourself. If you do this, you will most likely get thrown quite a bit by everyone, including people who started when you did (or even after). But eventually, you will be way ahead of them. I don't know your age or what you plan on doing, but if you plan on competing alot, do what a lot of the very experienced guys on here say and pick one throw and work it over and over. Different grips, different setups, different variations. Make that your throw.
Newaza - Position then submission. Don't worry about tapping people at first. Worry about pinning them, transitioning from pin to pin, staying out of pins and escaping pins. Then passing guard, breaking the turtle, turtling, etc. Then onto subs.