Something to Prove

Joseph Townsend isn't guaranteed a North Carolina scholarship. The JuCo defensive lineman will have to earn it once again.

"Well, Coach [John] Blake wanted me to make a workout video and send it to him, which I did [Thursday]," Townsend said. "…They're not saying anything officially until my grades come out, which I am not worried about."

Last February, Townsend signed a National Letter-of-Intent with UNC. However, an English class prevented him from graduating from Los Altos Hills (Calif.) Foothill CC, thus ultimately prohibiting him from enrolling at UNC this past fall.

In the workout video sent to UNC, Townsend is filmed running the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, and L-cone drill. It also includes footage of him participating in various agility drills.

"My body feels good," Townsend said. "I am getting faster and stronger. I am not in football shape, yet, but I am getting there."

In the video, according to Townsend, at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, he clocked a 4.88-second 40-yard dash, 3.9-second 20-yard shuttle, and 6.8-second L-cone drill.

Academically, Townsend is taking five classes and is on track to graduate from Cupertino (Calif.) De Anza College on December 12.

"Everything is good," Townsend said. "[I'm] just working out and finishing up school."

If everything works out and his UNC scholarship offer is revalidated, Townsend will enroll in the spring semester at UNC. He'll have two years of playing eligibility remaining without a red-shirt season available.

Townsend hasn't played organized football since the 2006 season, when he played for Foothill CC. Since graduating from Valley Christian High School in 2005, he has played one season of football in that four-year span.

Despite living on the West Coast, Townsend has done his best to follow UNC's turnover season this fall.

"I have watched and recorded every single game," Townsend said. "They had a really good season – besides the North Carolina State game."

Townsend says he and Blake, his primary recruiter and possible position coach, speak once every couple of weeks.

"[Blake] just asks me about my grades, my workouts, how is the family – just simple stuff," Townsend said.

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