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Top 60 Countdown: No. 23, DT Joe Joseph

Another day, another player to focus on as we continue the countdown of the top 60 players at the University of Miami. Next on the list: No. 23, defensive tackle Joe Joseph, who wasn't very highly regarded coming out of high school but has started 14 games for UM in the past two seasons.

Joe Joseph2 > What we heard about him on Signing Day '05: Big Joe wasn't very highly regarded coming out of Orlando Oak Ridge High. Rivals.com tabbed him as the 32nd best defensive tackle in the country. He was ranked last among the three defensive tackles UM signed its class (Kellen Heard and Antonio Dixon were rated higher).

> What he's done as a Cane: While linebacker Darryl Sharpton is probably the biggest overachiever in the Class of 2005 (Sharpton is projected to be UM's top NFL Draft pick according to ESPN and Scout), Joseph isn't far behind. After spending two years on the scout team, he played a bunch in 2007 as a sophomore for a beat up UM defensive line, starting five games and compiling 25 tackles. Last year, he started nine games and made 35 tackles and one sack. He returns to UM for his senior season as the most experienced defensive lineman on the team next to Eric Moncur (16 starts).

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: At 6-3, 302 pounds, Joseph is a consistent meat-and-potatoes option in the middle for UM. He isn't flashy, but he usually gets the job done. His bench (395) is tied for second among defensive tackles with Marcus Forston and ranks right behind big burly Allen Bailey. Joseph's 480-pound squat ranks ninth, and second among defensive tackles. So, brute-strength wise, he's got what it takes to be yet another solid contributor on the defensive line this coming season. We expect him to start opposite Marcus Forston or Allen Bailey and play a ton.


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This is a guy that I'd love to get some production out of this season. With him, AB, Forston, Regis, a little something from one of Holmes, Lewis or Porter and we will have a very, VERY, stout interior.

We need our tackles to work on their run stopping ability. Our run defense(FSU, Cal, NC State and especially Georgia Tech)was horrendous at times. If Joseph can step up his game, I truly believe we can see the beginnings of what we had from 2000-2004 with a rotation of very good D-Tackles. I think that we can still usde help and depth at the DE position. Hopefully Moncour can come back strong and STAY healthy.

Don't Forget Marcus Robinson. I saw More out of him last year than I did from Marcus Forston. This guy has the potential to be a stud. GO CANES!

Joseph was way better last year than the year before even if the numbers don't show it. Two years ago he would make a tackle and get pushed all over the place the next few plays. Last year he became consistent. Solid play in play out. Not another star DT but the reliable guy who does his job. If he improves this year as much as last year then we should tough against the run up the middle.

the talent level on this team's two deep is mediocre at best.

Great UM recruiting story, most of us missed it because it ran in the Sentinel last Friday...


Very obvious that the program is in GOOD HANDS !!

Randy: Keep up the great work !!
Posted by: da U is RISING FAST | June 29, 2009 at 07:01 PM

"The talent level on this team's two deep is mediocre at best."

C-mon, give us a break. This year, we may have one of the deepest and most talented defensive lines in the ACC. That will become readily apparent after the first few games.

- CAT5 Cane

back with a bang! Good job Manny.

We have great DEs. the DTs need to step it up.

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