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University of Miami Athletics

William Joseph


Defensive Tackle




297 lbs.




Miami, Fla.

High School

Edison HS

CAREER: One of the finest defensive players in Miami’s storied history…widely considered UM’s finest defensive tackle since 1994 Lombardi Trophy winner Warren Sapp…started every game (51 including bowl games) of his Miami career.


2002 (SENIOR): A First Team All-BIG EAST selection by the league’s head coaches…made 51 total tackles, ninth most on the team…had 19 solo tackles, and a team-high 16 tackles for losses totalling 60 yards…made five quarterback sacks for 35 yards in losses…broke up five passes and had a team-high 29 quarterback hurries…made three tackles (two solos) in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State…had three tackles, including a sack for an eight-yard loss, broke up a pass and blocked a field goal attempt in the win over Virginia Tech…was limited to one tackle and a pass breakup at Syracuse…had six tackles (three solos), three quarterback hurries and two quarterback sacks (16 yards) against Pittsburgh, in addition to making three tackles for losses totalling 17 yards…had six tackles (two for losses) at Tennessee…made seven tackles (four solos), including two for losses, and four quarterback hurries at Rutgers…had two tackles at West Virginia…made five tackles (three solos), two quarterback hurries, and was credited with two and a half tackles for losses against Florida State…had eight quarterback hurries and made one tackle against Connecticut…had six tackles, one for a loss, and two quarterback hurries against Boston College…made four tackles and had a quarterback sack at Temple…made four tackles (two solos), three quarterback hurries and broke up a pass at Florida…had three tackles, one sack, and three quarterback hurries against Florida A&M.


2001 (JUNIOR): Earned Third-Team All-American recognition by the Associated Press…was a second-team All-BIG EAST selection by the league’s head coaches…led the team in quarterback sacks (10 for 69 yards) and tackles for loss (19 for 85 yards)…Joseph’s 10 quarterback sacks tied for 10th on the Miami single-season sacks list with Kevin Patrick (1993)…ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 61…has started all 35 regular season games since coming to Miami…was one of the team’s most consistent tacklers, nabbing between three and eight stops in every game…posted quarterback sacks in six games, including the last four in a row…had 17 quarterback hurries…began the season with five tackles and one sack with three quarterback hurries in the 33-7 win at Penn State…had three tackles in limited action in the rout of Rutgers…had four tackles against Pittsburgh…made six stops, including three for losses, and forced a fumble in a 38-7 win over Troy State…had four tackles, forced two fumbles, and had three sacks in a 49-27 win at Florida State…made five tackles, two for losses, in a 45-3 win over West Virginia…made seven stops, two for losses, in the win over Temple…had eight tackles with one sack in the win over Boston College…made seven tackles, had two sacks, and three tackles for losses in a 59-0 win over Syracuse…named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Syracuse…had six tackles, two quarterback sacks and forced a fumble in the 65-7 win over Washington…had six tackles, one sack and intercepted a pass in the 26-24 win at Virginia Tech…led a dominant effort by the defensive line in Miami’s 37-14 Rose Bowl victory over Nebraska with six tackles (four unassisted), including three for losses totaling nine yards, and recovered a fumble.


2000 (SOPHOMORE): Followed an excellent freshman season with an outstanding year that was overlooked by many observers…was ninth on the team in total tackles with 40 (15 solos) and was tied for second on the team with three quarterback sacks…his 12 quarterback hurries was second only to All-BIG EAST defensive tackle Damione Lewis’ 16…had a season-high six tackles twice (vs. McNeese State on August 31 and at West Virginia on Sept. 23)…produced five tackles, including two for losses totaling 10 yards, in the loss at Washington on September 9…had a quarterback sack against the Huskies…had two tackles for losses totaling five yards in the 47-10 win at West Virginia…made five tackles in the victory over top-ranked Florida State, including four solo stops…notched four tackles against both Pittsburgh and Syracuse and added three more stops vs. Boston College…a major factor as a pass rusher all season…had three quarterback hurries in three separate games (at West Virginia, at Temple and vs. Pittsburgh)…made one tackle (a stop for a loss) in Miami’s 37-20 win over Florida in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.

1999 (FRESHMAN): Named to The Sporting News Freshman All-American second team…began season at defensive end before moving to tackle…totaled 49 tackles…also accumulated six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hurries, two pass break ups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovered for a 15 yard gain…his 17 QB hurries was fourth highest on the team…began the season with five tackles against Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic…totaled three tackles against Florida A&M in the home opener…had three tackles against Penn State…contributed seven tackles, three solo, one tackle for loss and a half of sack at Florida State…amassed a career-high 10 tackles, including four solo stops, in UM’s comeback win at Boston College…also recorded one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble, a fumble recovered, a pass break up and a sack against the Eagles…his fumble recovery against the Eagles paved way for UM’s third touchdown in the fourth quarter…had four tackles, including one for a loss, against West Virginia…totaled three tackles at Virginia Tech…had five tackles, four assisted, and one tackle for loss vs. Syracuse.


1998 (REDSHIRT): One of 15 members of the 1998 recruiting class to redshirt.


HIGH SCHOOL: Edison…named All-Southeast by National Recruiting Advisor…Florida SuperPrep Top 50…Florida Times-Union Super 75 and Times-Union’s No. 1-rated defensive end…Tampa Tribune’s #21 state…St. Petersburg Times honorable mention…Florida Class 6A All-State second-team…first-team All-Dade County…also played at defensive tackle after being double- and triple-teamed at end…as a defensive end, recorded 109 tackles, 17 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, six fumbles caused and four fumbles recovered as a senior…totaled 90 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior…began high school career as an offensive lineman…participated in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game…coached by Corey Bell.



Total Tackles 10 (at Boston College, 1999)
Solo 5 (Troy State, 2001)
Assists 6 (at Boston College, 1999; at Tennessee, 2002)
Sacks 3 (at Florida State, 2000; Pittsburgh, 2002)


Opponent UT AT TT TFL-Yds No-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH PBU
Florida A&M 2 1 3 1-8 1-3 0 0-0 0-0 3 0
at Florida 2 2 4 1-6 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 3 1
at Temple 1 3 4 1-8 1-8 0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Boston College 1 5 6 1-1 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 2 0
Connecticut 0 1 1 0.5-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 8 2
Florida State 3 2 5 2.5-3 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 2 0
at West Virginia 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0
at Rutgers 4 3 7 2-3 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 4 0
at Tennessee 0 6 6 2-6 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 3 0
Pittsburgh 3 3 6 3-17 2-16 0 0-0 0-0 3 0
at Syracuse 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1
Virginia Tech 1 2 3 1-8 1-8 0 0-0 0-0 0 1
Ohio State 2 1 3 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Totals 21 30 51 16-60 5-35 0 0-0 0-0 29 5


2002 13-13 51 21 30 16-60 29 5-35 0 0-0 5 0-0
2001 11-11 61 35 26 19-85 16 10-69 4 0-0 1 1-7
2000 11-11 40 15 25 6-18 12 3-7 2 0-0 2 0-0
1999 12-12 48 17 31 6-32 18 1.5-13 1 1-15 2 0-0
1998 DID NOT PLAY – Redshirt Season
Totals 47-47 200 88 112 47-195 75 19.5-124 7 1-15 10 1-7