#CFCOVFL: Mosley “entire package” for Spears

Since the seventh grade, Josh Mosley has been a part of the Niagara Spears football program of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

Throughout his career, he has been named Lineman of the Year three times as well as an OVFL All-Star twice.

In 2014, the offensive lineman was part of Team Ontario that won the gold medal at the Canada Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Once again, Mosley will be a part of the team travelling to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec to defend the gold.

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“I’m definitely looking to make another run at the Gold this summer with Team Ontario.” Mosley added.
The 6’3, 295 pound tackle plays for the Lakeshore Catholic Gators of the Niagara Region High School Athletic Association (NRHSAA).

During training camp in 2013 (he was in the tenth grade), he was asked to be a part of the senior Gators. He agreed, and led the team to a Division Championship apprearance. However,  the Gators lost to Notre Dame Irish in the final seconds of the game.

“It was one of the best football experiences of my life,” added Mosley, who was named the Lineman of the Year and a Division All-Star in 2014.

With his success in the trenches, Mosley’s talent has been noticed by several CIS teams.

“Josh Mosley is the entire package -size, strength, agility and footwork,” said Guelph Gryphons assistant coach John Casasanta.  “On top of these attributes, he is an excellent young man who pursues the game of football with effort, dedication and enthusiasm.”

“He is an extremely smart football player with excellent marks in the classroom as well. A very coachable young man with work ethic and character. These qualities have earned him spots on teams competing throughout the country. He is another excellent ball player from Niagara who will represent his home and high school with distinction once he steps foot onto a CIS field in 2016.”

The standout has had visits with Western, Queen’s, Waterloo, McMaster, Guelph, and Calgary.

“Most of them are academic visits with the football team to see if it is a good fit in that way,” said Mosley, who would like to study sociology in university with the goal of a career in either law enforcement or law.. “I’m really looking at all my options right now.”

 

“At this point in the process I’m looking to gather all of the information I can and then gradually begin to narrow down my schools. I’m looking for the best mix of academics and athletics in a school. I’ve really enjoyed my visits; each one makes the decision harder.”

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The offensive lineman considers family members to be very influential in his life, especially when it comes to athletics.

“I see what my father did athletically with basketball, playing at Brock University and I really look up to that and strive to be a competitor like he is,” said Mosley.  “I try to take lessons in life from all of my uncles also who were all student-athletes at a point in their lives and were able to do great things.”

While trying to live up to the family name, Mosley has been training very frequently. Currently, he trains with his coach John Charette, a former weightlifter who competed at the Canadian National Weightlifting Championships in the 1990’s, and is now the owner of Taktika Sports School in Port Colborne, Ontario.

Mosley has set personal best of 286 pounds in the power clean, and a back squat of 440 pounds.

“I also get in to do yoga and have really loved that. It has really helped with flexibility and injury prevention,” he added.

Mosley will finish the final four weeks of the regular season with the undefeated Spears, and will hopefully make a run at the OVFL League Championship.

“The goal this year with Spears is to win a championship. I know if the team continues to progress we can get it done.” said the offensive lineman.  “For me it is to continue to learn and get better.”

“Being undefeated so far with the Spears is a great feeling; it’s a first for me. Our team’s ultra competitive attitude has allowed us to fight and compete in all our games. The defence always gets huge stops and makes big plays, which allows the offence to get going. Our team has great play-makers and continues to develop chemistry.”

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