Jordan Gets the Nod

Off the field, Josh Jordan was voted senator of ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. On the field, the sophomore is also generally getting the popular vote in spring practice as the starting cornerback. The sophomore's plate is certainly full these days, but he vows to excel in both arenas.

"I do have a lot of off the field duties," admitted Josh Jordan. "It's not hard to balance all that stuff when it's fun. I'm a Political Science major, so I always wanted to go into politics. This (being senator) is something I really wanted to do. It's not really work, but I'm doing a lot of extra stuff.

"I'm probably getting three, four hours of sleep some days, but I'm doing well both in football and in the off the field duties."

Jordan has been rotating in the spring at starting corner with senior Terell Carr. He's naturally pleased with his performance, yet he is also far from being content.

"I haven't won it (the starting job) yet," Jordan noted. "Nothing is set in stone. We're still working, and we gotta go through fall. I'm gonna keep on working hard, study in the film room and hopefully I'll get that spot."

Even if he were to get a significant number of first team reps in a practice or in a game, the sophomore yearns to have the starter status.

"It does mean a lot to be a starter," Jordan stated. "As a football player you always want to be the best. My father always told me ‘be the best at whatever you do.' So off the field, on the field I want to be the best. No disrespect to the other corners, I want to be the starter."

The 6-1 173 Jordan remarked that due to his "fast metabolism" his off-season attempts to put on weight were a futile endeavor. He did however put on some muscle, so he can match up effectively with physical wide receivers such as Gerell Robinson, and generally adapt to a different style of play.

"Last year I played a lot of off (coverage), and this year I need to get better with my footwork because I know I'm gonna play press," Jordan explained. "The corners are a lot more on an island this season. When you play press it's just you and the receiver. If you get beat deep you can't blame it on anyone else."

The cornerbacks unit has been missing arguably its best player, Omar Bolden, due to a shoulder injury. Therefore, the other members of this group have naturally been getting an increased number of practice repetitions which collectively has benefited all the players at this role.

"We're ridiculously deep right now," Jordan acknowledged. "Every day you have to fight for your spot because somebody is going to come and take yours. Competition is making a lot of us better.

"It's kind of bad that he (Bolden) is out because I do feed off his energy. I want to get to his standard and without him being in there it's hard for me to judge that. But I know that I have to keep on working to get better and hopefully that gives me the starting position in the end."

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