Player Profile: Darius Joseph

Patrick profiles SMU wide receiver Darius Joseph in the latest Pony Stampede 2015 player profile.

Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 5-11, 202 pounds
Year: RS senior (three-year letterman)
High school: Abilene (Abilene, Tex.)
Hometown: Abilene, Tex.

Recruitment

Joseph played wide receiver and free safety in high school, but SMU recruited him exclusively as a receiver. He also played basketball and ran track. A two-star prospect, Joseph’s only FBS offer was from SMU, but he had interest from TCU, Texas Tech and Tulsa. As a senior, he totaled 460 receiving yards and five touchdowns while making 50 tackles and two interceptions. He was an All-District 3-5A selection.

2014 recap

Joseph led SMU in receptions in 2014 with 54 catches for 379 yards (7.0 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. It’s hard to call any receiver’s performance in 2014 consistent given SMU’s poor passing game in 2014, but Joseph was the closest thing to consistency in the passing game. His 16 third- and fourth-down catches led the team, and he posted the Mustangs’ only two 100-yard receiving games of 2014. However, he wasn’t a big-play threat, posting just three plays of 20-plus yards and topping nine yards per catch in just two games. But given the predictability and overall poor design of the offense, placing all the blame on him for the poor YPC is unfair.
Grade: B-

2015 outlook

Joseph saved his best for last, grabbing nine balls for 108 yards against UConn. He returns as the most experienced receiver in an otherwise young receiving corps that features four freshmen. Joseph will look to retain a starting spot, most likely at Z receiver, but he’ll have to fend off freshmen Kevin Thomas, who will play a lot of snaps regardless if he starts or not. Thomas’ high school teammate, James Proche, could also be in the mix to fight for snaps at X.

Joseph probably won’t lead SMU in catches or yards, and he won’t be a threat to post 100-yard games every week. But he will still be a reliable target who should see his YPC increase in Chad Morris’ carefully designed and way-better-than-2014 offense. He’s a solid bet to open camp as a starter, but will be pushed in camp and during the season. Anywhere from 30 to 60 catches is a realistic output for Joseph in 2015.

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