Harlem graduate Josh Black suffered a major knee injury this past season, shortening his sophomore campaign at Syracuse to four games. He's intent on making sure it's a minor setback for a major comeback in his college football career.
"I'm fortunate enough to be granted a medical redshirt and get that extra year."
After fracturing his knee cap, Josh Black is on the road to recovery, clearing internal and external hurdles towards 100% health.
"There's not much to do except get stronger from there, you have to push through it," Black says. "Injuries are more mental than they are physical."
The Huskie turned Orange has an important few months on the horizon.
"Winter and spring workouts will be the defining factor on how I'll be able to play...next year."
He's part of a Syracuse program that sent shortlived shockwaves through college football - the Orange upset then #2 Clemson before losing five in a row to end the season.
"We have to put complete games together. Clemson, we played a full game, and we won. All the other games, we lost, we didn't play a complete game," Black says, who missed that upset against the Tigers.
Black and fellow Div. I recruit Anthony McKinney know first-hand how important it is to build a culture, from their experiences at Harlem together.
"We love representing the culture that Coach (Jim) Morrow taught us. Just be humble. Represent our colors proudly," Black says. "We were built from the ground up. Me and Anthony, we didn't really have what it takes to be Division I athletes like we are now. We had to adapt and learn."
Josh Black now stares adversity head-on, ready to bring his big presence back to the field, better than ever in Orange.