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Vosean Joseph ready to earn his keep

When college football programs venture into Miami for a prospect, they aren’t usually getting just a great athlete, but someone with a lot of pride in what they do and a hunger to succeed. Such is the case for Miami Norland graduate Vosean Joseph who moves to Gainesville on Tuesday to live out his college dream.

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Vosean Joseph has been preparing his body for the work he will have to do in college to play on Saturdays. He’s a guy that football comes easy to in terms of the mental and he knows in order to play on Saturdays at a high level, he will have to work hard in the weight room. It is something he relishes.

I’m looking forward to the workouts,” said the solid 6-foot-2, 221 pound tackling machine by phone earlier in the week. “I am just looking forward to being up there and being part of the team. If I can’t cut the starting lineup then I am going to get a lot of playing time.

He’s got a little tradition to live up to in terms of college prospects that come from Norland High School, Coincidentally the same school his future position coach Randy Shannon played at many moons ago.

“Most of (the former players) that came from Norland here and went to the SEC, most made freshman All-SEC, so that is the goal I am aiming for in my freshman year,” he said with confidence."

Joseph has good size for a player that hasn’t even been in a college weight program yet. That could translate to him being a guy that can play either inside or outside and allow him to get on the field more often.

“Coach Shannon told me I would be playing outside,” Joseph said. “If I gain a little more weight I could be playing both. In high school I played middle linebacker, but if they needed me to rush the edge I would rush the edge.

He’s a tenacious player when the ball is snapped, but Joseph says the best part of his game is his ability to read what is going on. He’s excited that the defense they ran at Norland has a lot of the same stuff that Florida’s defense has now.

“My best attribute is play recognition,” he said. “It’s easy for me to pick out a play and see where a play is going. They brought me in the (linebacker meeting room) to watch the defense and recognize. Most of the stuff they run was the same at my high school except the play call is different.

“I love it, it is an awesome defense.”

Joseph says he knows he is rooming with freshman receiver Freddie Swain and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Khairi Clark when he gets to Gainesville. He also believes the gators are in for a big year.

“Our first year with a new coach and we did well,” he said. “I expect us to go farther this year. He just came in and made a difference in year one, It will only get better form here.”


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