Josh, first, let me say thank you for agreeing to interview you for CoogFans.
DD - Josh, let's go back a ways, tell us a little about your High School football team, coaches, rivalries, etc.?
JL - I came from a 2A school, Tidehaven, it was a lot of fun because I got to play offense and defense. We always had good teams that competed for state year in and year out. As far as my coaches I had some really good coaches in Mike Pierce (o-line coach/head coach) and Del Taska was my strength coach. Pierce did a great job of teaching me the fundamentals of blocking and all around football while Taska did an excellent job of showing me how to lift weights which helped me win a state championship in powerlifting. At Tidehaven I would have to say our biggest rivalry was Palacios. We beat them 55-0 my senior year, which was one of the most enjoyable games of my high school career.
DD - Next, please tell us about your college recruitment process, especially as it pertains to UH?
JL - Prior to my Senior year I began to receive letters from various Universities ranging from D-I to Junior Colleges. The Head Coach and O-line Coach from UofH called me and met with me at my home. I then attended some football games and went on an official visit. I sat down with the head coach; I liked what I heard and saw and soon committed to the University of Houston over the likes of Texas A&M, Baylor, and Oklahoma State.
DD - What was your experience like during your playing days for the Cougars?
JL - I had a great time at UofH, we had some up seasons and some down seasons but I wouldn't trade any of them for anything. I made a lot of lifetime friends and took great pride in representing such a great university and community.
DD - What are your fondest memories while attending UH?
JL - The Liberty Bowl would have to be number one on a long list of fond memories. Another fond memory would be the ‘99 season, we went 7-4 and beat LSU and North Carolina on their turf. That same year I was voted second team all-conference and first team the following year.
DD - NFL Draft Day must have been tense, can you relay that experience?
JL - I figured that I wasn't going to go the first day of the draft but the second day was one of the most stressful days in my life. Towards the end of the seventh round I went to my agents office to wait for a phone call but that call never came. I was contacted three days after the draft and eventually signed with the Lions. The Lions provided me with a chance to prove myself and for that I am forever grateful.
DD - What can you tell us about playing in the NFL and in particular for your current team?
JL - Playing in the NFL is something I dreamed of doing since I was a 120 pound six year old. As far as playing for the Lions, they are a great organization that I believe is on the rise. The people of Detroit are rabid fans that love our team more then anything. I've enjoyed my stay in Detroit and hope to be there a lot longer.
DD - Do you follow the Coogs and do you stay in touch with any of your former UH teammates?
JL - Yes, I follow the Coogs as much as I can. Unfortunately, I have not been able to watch a lot of games to this point, but I believe a lot more of them will be televised in the future. I also have a lot of friends that are former teammates that I keep up with and still hang out with while I'm in H-Town.
DD - Do you know Coach Art Briles? What is your opinion of the Coogs current situation?
JL - I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Coach Briles, but I did play with one of his former players, Glenn Odell. Glenn won two state championships with Coach Briles and thought the world of him. I think the move from Dimel to Briles is one of the best things to happen to the University in a long time. I honestly feel that Coach Briles is going to lead our Cougars back to the top and give UofH Alumni and fans what they want and deserve. Hopefully, I can meet Coach Briles soon and congratulate him on job well done.
DD - What can you tell us about your plans for the future?
JL - My immediate plans are to become a starter in the League and play as long as I can. After the NFL I would like to jump into coaching at the High School level here in God's Country. Hopefully one day I'll have the pleasure of posing in a picture with one of my players as he signs with the University of Houston.
Well, what a note to end on. Josh, again I thank you for your time and your contributions to Cougar Football. Also, I would like to at this time give special thanks to David Lucio for his assistance on this interview.