Player Profile: Darius Joseph

The Pony Stampede staff profiles every projected starter for SMU football. Today, Adam profiles WR Darius Joseph!

Darius Joseph Profile

Position: Wide Receiver

Size: 6-0, 195 pounds

Year: Junior, Two-Year Letterman

High School: Abilene

Hometown: Abilene, Texas

Recruitment: Joseph was a three-star recruit coming out of high school and was categorized as an athlete because of his ability to play both wide out and defensive back. In fact, the other schools that recruited Joseph all wanted him to play cornerback in college. Only SMU recruited Joseph as a wide receiver and that was why he chose to commit to the Mustangs after taking an unofficial visit to the Hilltop early in Joseph’s junior year of high school.

2013 Review: After catching seven balls for 70 yards as a freshman, Joseph started in ten of the Mustangs’ 12 games last season, becoming a reliable second option in one of the most proficient offenses in SMU history. His 103 receptions as a sophomore were the second-best single season-total in SMU history. With four games of ten-plus receptions, Joseph moved up to second all-time in that category for SMU. Joseph averaged 67.3 yards per game and consistently got open and made big catches when the offense needed a first down. He also had a knack for finding his way into the end zone, with five touchdowns last season. Joseph’s breakthrough as a sophomore was a big reason for the SMU offense’s success in 2013.

2013 Grade: A-

2014 Outlook: With Jeremy Johnson and Keenan Holman both graduating and JaBryce Taylor leaving SMU, Joseph enters the 2014 training camp as the Mustangs’ number one receiver. No one else on the squad has the experience that Joseph has and for that reason he will be looked up to by the younger guys and his ability to grow into that role will play a huge part in the success of the SMU offense in 2014, especially with a new quarterback leading the way for the Ponies.

The biggest adjustment for Joseph will be the attention he receives from opposing defenses. Last year Johnson and Holman were the focus of defenses’ attention but this year they will be able to commit two defenders to Joseph due to the lack of experience throughout the rest of the receiving core. However if the SMU rushing attack improves from last season (highly likely with the addition of Daniel Gresham) Joseph may get more shots against single coverage than anticipated.

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