Redshirt freshman tight end #83 Josiah Deguara comes to the Bearcats from Folsom, California. The only other time I’ve ever heard of that city is in discussing Johnny Cash’s 27th album, At Folsom Prison, recorded live at the State Prison. Deguara was quick to explain Folsom is roughly 30 minutes outside Sacramento and a great suburban place to grow up.
Before becoming a Bearcat, Deguara tallied 240 receptions for 3,274 yards and 42 TDs as a prep. His Bulldogs went 16-0 and won the CIF State Division I Championship in 2014. Like most D1 athletes he also played baseball and basketball growing up. Josiah was a co-captain and starter for FHS’s basketball team and earned a Northern California Championship in 2013.
Deguara arrived on campus at 6’3” weighing 205 lbs. The coaches suggested he put on weight to fit the modern tight end mold and he is already up to 235 lbs., eating plenty of chicken, vegetables, and protein 4 to 5 times a day. His immediate future on special teams looks bright, as well as a role as a hybrid tight end / receiver in Coach Taylor’s offense. Josiah wears #83 at UC. He previously wore #3 in high school as a receiver.
He is majoring in sports administration with a minor in business. Deguara still has plenty of time to figure out his future, but he is positive it will involve his love of sports one way or another. Outside of football, he enjoys relaxing with friends and family, golfing, and boating. He seems to be getting accustomed to the diversity and experience of living in Cincinnati quite well.
Josiah is a Raiders and Lakers fan. He will be rooting for former Bearcat #16 Johnny Holton out in Oakland this year. He is also a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and hopes to see them live sometime soon.
I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty more of the athletic Josiah Deguara in the next four years.
By Andy Smith
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