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Jue finding new home with Chargers

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <strong>August 4, 2005</strong>
    Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2222">Chargers.com</a>

    <img src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/jue01.jpg" class="left" alt="Bhawoh Jue" title="Bhawoh Jue"/>For Chargers safety Bhawoh Jue (pronounced Bow Joo), change is nothing new. When he was a year old, his family moved to the United States to flee a civil war in the African nation of Liberia. As a youngster, Jue spent time in California, Rhode Island, and Virginia before he headed to Penn State to play for Joe Paterno.

    Jue found another new place to lay his head when the Green Bay Packers drafted him in the third round in 2001. This offseason, Jue made another move as he joined the Chargers as a free agent. He's got another new home and another new system, but Jue is hopeful that this time he's found a place to stay.

    "I've really enjoyed being here," Jue said. "Everything is new to me, but I'm used to change. It really is the only thing that's constant. I'm fortunate to be part of a good organization and have the opportunity to play for a great coach."

    While he settles in physically, Jue also hopes to find a home in the Chargers secondary. Jue is in the midst of a stiff competition with Jerry Wilson and Clinton Hart for the starting free safety spot. Although the fifth-year pro is still adjusting to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' system, he's excited about the possibility of becoming a starter.

    "That's the main reason why I came here," Jue said. "I was told that I'd get a chance to start and make a big contribution to this football team. It's not going to be easy. Clinton is an up and coming player, and Jerry has played in this system before. He's been in the league twice as long as I have, and he knows what he's doing back there."

    As the summer heats up, so does the competition in the Chargers' defensive backfield.

    "Jerry is having a very good camp, as is Bhawoh," Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "It's going to be a very interesting competition. It's interesting because they're different types of athletes. Bhawoh is a big, strong physical guy. We're excited about how the competition is going to make us better."

    In addition to physically relocating several times, Jue has also moved around on the football field. The Packers drafted him to play cornerback but moved him to safety early in his career.

    "I felt comfortable in Green Bay, I just never felt like I got situated," Jue said. "I was moving around and doing a lot of different things, so it was hard to focus on one thing and make that my forte. It's definitely been a learning process to get accustomed to the system here, but I do feel a little more focused."

    In Jue's first game action in a Chargers uniform, he'll get to face his former teammates. The Bolts open their preseason next Thursday in Green Bay.

    "It'll be cool to go back, but I'm a Charger now," Jue said. "I've got a lot of friends there, and it's where I got my start in this league. More than worrying about who we're playing, I've got to worry about how I perform."

    With all the adjustments in his life, Jue is having no difficulty getting used to the climate differences between Wisconsin and Southern California.

    "In December when I'm still wearing shorts and tank tops, I'll be calling those guys in Green Bay chuckling on the phone," Jue said.

    Jue is pleased with his new home in San Diego. He just hopes to now firmly establish himself in the Bolts' secondary. And stay put for awhile.

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