Q&A with Jonotthan Harrison

Florida's Jonotthan Harrison is interviewed during UF Football Media Day at the Touchdown Terrace

(Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun)
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.

Q: What does it mean to have Jon Halapio return to the starting lineup?

A: It means a lot. He really was an asset to our offensive line unit. We missed him a lot and we're glad to have him back.

Q: What are some of Halapio's strengths as a lineman?

A: He's such a powerhouse. His strength is really abnormal, just watching him work out and the stuff he can do. He's usually a cool, calm and collected guy, but when he gets worked up it's a different story.

Q: Can you give an example?

A: It's not just the weight room alone — it's on the field. Say we're in practice and the offense had a couple unsuccessful plays. He gets worked up and next thing you know, whoever is in front of him is doomed. He blows D-linemen off the ball.

Q: Do you think he will be able to slide right in and pick up where he left off?

A: He might have to knock the rust off the hinges. But knowledge-wise, his competence is there. The physical part, of course, he missed a little bit of football. So there's going to be that acclimation period.

Q: You spoke after the Miami loss about how miscommunication among the linemen caused problems for the offense. Can Halapio help eliminate that?

A: It allows for a much smoother communication process. With experienced players, you don't have to worry about the accuracy of your calls as much just because you know the person understands what you're saying.

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