Emshoff up for the challenge to be a Mustang

Josh Emshoff knows that coming to SMU was the best choice for him, but he also knows that he has a challenge ahead of him. The 2008 SMU signee is going to be a huge asset to the Ponies offensive line.

Josh Emshoff knows that coming to SMU was the best choice for him, but he also knows that he has a challenge ahead of him.

The 2008 SMU signee is going to be a huge asset to the Ponies offensive line. At 6'4, 270 pounds he has good height, speed, strength and will only get bigger.

Emshoff is out of Lufkin High School, in Lufkin Texas and was named one of the top 25 linemen in the state in his final season.

The two time first team All District selection and a first team All State Academic selection had a hard time making his choice on what school he would attend.

"I had offers from Oklahoma State, Houston, Baylor, Texas A&M, Rice and SMU, and finally narrowed it down to Baylor and SMU" Emshoff said. "It was a hard decision but Coach Jones and his staff really impressed me and after visiting, I knew this (SMU) is where I needed to be" added Josh.

First year head Coach June Jones likes what he sees in Emshoff. "We think that his best football is ahead of him. He has the potential to be what we're looking for at tackle on the offensive line" said Jones.

Emshoff knows he is faced with a huge challenge because there is a chance he will be red shirted his first season as he continues to rehab after shoulder surgery.

"This was an injury I sustained in the off-season between my sophomore and junior seasons. I went ahead and had surgery after football season this year".

It's always hard for an athlete to make transitions from the different levels of competition but Emshoff knows that the choice he made to come to SMU was the right one because of the excitement level here.

"Hey this place is excited about what is happening and so am I" Josh said. "I want to play right now, but I want to heal so I can help this team and this program in the future too" Josh added.

Josh looks forward to getting to SMU where he plans to major in business.


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