"I'm driving back home with my family, and I'm happy and giddy because I've gotten a full ride to my dream school," Joseph recalled. "Then my mom says, 'You've got to learn how to ride a bike now.' "
Growing up in Placerville, Joseph had avoided anything on two wheels.
"It's so hilly, I figured there was no point," he said.
But Davis ranks among the world's 15 friendliest cycling cities. Most students, including many athletes, cover the 7,000-acre campus on bikes of every size and shape.
Being a quick study with razor-sharp focus and determination as big as his 6-foot-6, 300-pound frame, the offensive lineman spent so much time after graduating from El Dorado High School in 2010 mastering how to balance his big body on two narrow wheels that his mother, Kathryn Locatell, had to drag him inside for dinner.
"Now, I'm a huge bike freak," he said. "I ride everywhere."
Joseph brings the same drive to the football field, where he is developing into a top left tackle for the Aggies.
Entrusted to protect veteran quarterback Randy Wright's blind side, Joseph was ...