Joyer was expected to be one of the veterans on the offensive line this season – helping offset the loss of veterans Mario Benavides and Alex Kupper – but he went down with a leg injury just a week or so into fall camp.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Joyer missed the rest of fall camp and missed the season-opening win against Ohio University. He did return last week against Eastern Kentucky, seeing limited activity in the second half of the game.
Now, Joyer will be back in the starting lineup as the right guard for the Cardinals' on Saturday when U of L plays at Kentucky. U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson confirmed earlier this week that Joyer would start. Chris Acosta had been in the lineup.
"I've been really good, my conditioning is a little low, but I'm working on that and I will be (ready) for the UK game," Joyer told Cardinal Authority this week.
A three-star lineman from Tampa, Fla., out of high school, Joyer showed a lot of ability early in his career. But he's seen limited action during his time at U of L because of injuries.
Even though injuries have slowed his progress, he has proven when he's healthy that he can be a valuable asset to this team. Joyer will play guard but could also play center and was a starter in the Sugar Bowl last season when Jake Smith was ill.
U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater knows what kind of lineman Joyer is and he's excited to get him back on the line.
"He has that experience and is one of the veterans of the offensive line," Bridgewater said. "He makes a big difference in there for us and not just depth."
Watson also said he was excited to see Joyer back, noting that he's been through a lot and knows how the offense runs.
"Kamran will give us another dimension in that he can really run, and he is real comfortable with our scheme and working with Jake" Watson said.Joyer is known for how well he uses his hands, and he is great in pass blocking, both of these strengths are going to be key as they head into the Governor's Cup matchup this Saturday.
"As always it's just another game, and we have been in our books studying and on the field working hard" Joyer said.