SPRING: Tony Joiner Q and A

Tony Joiner talks with Gator Country about his off-season, how spring has been so far, the state of the secondary, how good the WR corps are, and more...

On the spring so far…

"The spring's been going so far pretty good for me. I'm learning plays, especially those that carried over from last year, and I've been progressing every day that I come out here.

On his off season focus…

"I've been trying to improve in both a mental and physical aspect. I had a couple problems, but I got that situated already so I've been trying to prepare myself to be ready to play at any point because I know that I'm in the two deep."

On the practices that he missed…

"I don't really feel like those practiced set me back, but you could say I guess that it hurt me on a learning curve. I would be a couple of practices advanced, but from me being in the film room and the coaches coaching me up and spending some time with me, I kind of caught back up."

On the state of the secondary…

"Hey, the secondary is playing pretty decent right now. We are way, way, way far from where we are supposed to be, but we are playing pretty good defense right now so we're looking forward to picking it up a little more."

On his relationship with Kyle Jackson…

"My relationship with Kyle helps me out a lot because he's the starter, and sometimes he sees things that I don't see. Him being out there and playing is kind of like a mentor to me, because he played last year and I didn't so he's things I don't see. Off the field, he's cool. I call him when I need to and we chill, talk, watch film, play NCAA [Football]."

On where he stands physically…

"I'm happy about where my weight is right now, but I can afford to gain three or four pounds. With my strength, speed and the way I'm playing out there, I feel pretty confident."

On the receiver corps…

"Our receivers are pretty damn good. They could be the best in the country right now. What makes me more excited is that us covering could make us the best in the country."

Esteban's Take: While Gator nation had their breath held at the beginning of the spring when Joiner was missing time, Tony is back out to his old form of being a vocal leader and playmaker during the spring. Joiner is where he need's to be at physically, but the safety needs to improve a little bit in reading the receiver's routes. Already in the two-deep secondary rotation, the likes of him, Jarvis Herring, Hot Tamale, Kyle Jackson and Reggie Nelson will equate to a much improved safety squad with addition by subtraction in Cory Bailey.


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