[Updated: 8-14-18, 4:30 p.m.] While many players like Jeremiah Moon have gained weight in Nick Savage’s program, outside linebacker Vosean Joseph went in the opposite direction, losing 10 pounds and considerable body fat.
“I just muscled up and trimmed up and got slim,” Joseph said. “(I’m) a lot quicker. I’m 224 (pounds) right now. And I’m at like six-percent body fat, from something like 17 percent.”
Joseph not only looks and feels better, he says he’s playing better coming off a disappointing sophomore season.
“I’ve actually got my eyes right. I’ve gotten my footwork better and my pursuit angles,” he said. “Last year I was just ‘Ok, I’m going to go play football and hit this man or whoever’s got the ball.’ Now it’s more the scheme. I’m actually learning the game now. For me to just be able to look at it, to see where I messed up last year and come back, it’s actually helped me a lot.”
Lighting up Lemons
Hard-running sophomore running back Adarius Lemons recently tweeted that he hates linebackers. The impetus for that message is two big hits he’s recently taken from the LBs — one from James Houston, the other from Ventrell Miller.
“Oh yeah, I’ve been lighting Lemons up the last couple of practices,” Houston said. “I know he tweeted that because Ventrell knocked his helmet off one practice. We’ve been giving it to Lemons. Lemons has been getting it. He has to get a little bit more weight, but he’s still nice, though, he’s still nice.
“We talk all the time in the locker room. We go back and forth. So it’s a nice little competition.”
New Mexico St. on board
The Gators have added the New Mexico State Aggies to their 2020 football schedule, completing UF’s non-conference schedule for the season.
New Mexico State is coming to Gainesville on Nov. 21, 2020. The Aggies’ payout will be a $1.525 million guarantee.
UF’s other non-conference foes in 2020 are Eastern Washington, South Alabama and Florida State.