With USF junior defensive end Julius Forte now listed as a starter on the d-line, the Bulls junior talks about the spring camp, working with coaches Patrick and Hargreaves, as well as what Coach Cosh brings to the team. JuJu also talks about his offseason with the strength and conditioning team, the changes he's made, the defensive line, and much more. Only on USFNation.com.
"Everyday everyone's out there working hard, and trying to get better and better," said Forte. "Without the help from the coaches and our teammates, we'd be running in quicksand out there."
Forte talks about being in the system with Coach Patrick and Coach Hargreaves for three years now.
"It's been great with a lot of learning," said Forte. "Coming out of high school I didn't know too much. I just knew to put my hand in the dirt and get off the ball. "They've been teaching me every day and I'm learning. And learning is a great thing because the game slows down so Kudos to those guys.
The Bulls junior D-end says what Coach Chris Cosh brings to the table.
"He brings intensity, and he's really been focusing on fundamentals," said Forte. "Run on the field, run off the field, run to the ball on every play swarm every play as a defense. He's pushing these things and you can tell as a team it's coming together more and more, and it's going to make us a better defense."
After waiting in the wings, Forte is slated as a starter, but won't rest on his laurels.
"It's exciting, but it's also motivation," said Forte. "I know the younger guys behind me are pushing. They're pushing me and putting the fire to my behind, so I have to keep pushing."
"I also have to set an example. Because as a younger player I looked up to the George Selvie's, the Jason Pierre-Paul's, the David Bedford's, so it's now my job to set the same example that they set for me."
"I've been focusing on my pass rush more than anything else," said Forte. "As a player I've done a good job against the run, but now it's time to kick it up and make more plays for the defense,"
Forte doesn't take all the credit, giving much of it to the interior linemen and the Bulls strength and conditioning staff.
"It all starts with the interior guys and Coach Golden and coach Hovan, and what they did with us over the summer and winter. They've been getting us stronger and faster, not only physically, but mentally."
"I got a lot stronger," said Forte. "As far as upper body, I've pushing more than I ever have before, and lower body, I have more stamina and more drive and more explosion than I've ever had before."
"The vigorous training they put us through is paying off," said Forte. "I'm losing fat, gaining muscle and getting stronger."
Being one of the veteran ends on the roster with Ryne Giddins, Forte talks about what he sees out of the next group of D-ends coming up.
"Tevin Mims. I like him. He's open minded to learning. Many times the transfers have a mind set, but he's eager and open to learning and I have a great feeling about him personally."
"Anthony Hill, I love him. He's my roommate for one, and I love him, but he's a great player," said Forte. He's working hard, he's learning. He's focused on improving his technique, his base and everything. He's coming along great and is going to do wonders for us this year."
Spring enrollee Eric Lee "That guy has a motor. Eric Lee is running and running and the muscle mass is going to come. He has an excellent work ethic, and I'm proud of him so far. I'm excited to see what his future holds."
Forte says great things about the Bulls offensive line and singled out the return of TE Jeff Hawkins.
"They're all great and I could just go down the line, but I'm so happy Jeff Hawkins is back," said Forte. "He's an excellent player and just so physical, trust me it's not easy going against him every day."
"Q. Eatmon, Popek, the whole line is working hard, and Coach Shankweiler is doing an excellent job with those guys," said Forte. "They're feet are getting better to, and it's a lot harder to get around them."
The USF junior d-end sees big things out of the USF defensive line in 2012
"I see great things for the defensive line this year," said Forte. "I can't predict stats, but the defensive line is working hard every day trying to get better, not only for ourselves but for our team."
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