RECRUITING: Joseph Regular At The Swamp

After a rough start on Saturday, the Florida Gators asked their guys in the trenches to buckle their chinstraps and make something happen. In the second half, the Gators dominated the Alabama Crimson Tide on both sides of the line. Gator commitment Linval Joseph of Alachua-Santa Fe was there and the big lineman loved what he saw from his future teammates.

(See Linval Joseph profile)

Joseph plays both sides of the line at Santa Fe. Although his team is off to a shaky 1-4 start, Joseph is carrying his share of the workload, hoping that things will get better for the Raiders. At 6-6 and 310 pounds, he is also a state weight lifting champion. Joseph makes a living beating people up in the trenches.

"I have the most tackles for loss on the team right now," Joseph said. "I play both sides of the ball, but I don't count pancakes and knockdowns. There are too many of them."

When Joseph watched the Gators score their 28-13 win over SEC foe Alabama, he saw a defense that stuffed the Alabama run and got to the quarterback three times. Florida's offensive line averaged more than four yards per carry and allowed only one sack. Joseph took it all in and enjoyed the experience.

"I have been to all the games in The Swamp this year and yesterday was a great game," Joseph said. "I loved the atmosphere at the Bama game. It was really loud."

He got to experience a little of the celebration of a big victory when the prospects were allowed into the locker room post game.

"I went into the locker room after the game," he said. "The players were laughing and having a good time because they are undefeated. They were just hyped."

All of the noise and good times just made Joseph want to suit up then and play on Florida field. Linval Joseph absolutely cannot wait to run out of the tunnel as a Florida Gator next season. He says his goal as a player is just to do whatever it takes to get on the field and make a difference.

"I can't wait to pad up for the Gators," he said. "I am going to keep on working until they get me to do what they want."

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