Mickey Joseph

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Mickey Joseph
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Current position
TitleWide receivers coach
Team LSU
Conference SEC
Biographical details
Born (1968-03-05) March 5, 1968 (age 52)
Alma mater Marrero (LA) Archbishop Shaw
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Playing career
1988–1991 Nebraska
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1996 Omaha North HA (NE) (QB/WR)
1997 Wayne State (NE) (RGC)
1998 Archbishop Shaw HS (LA) (QB)
1999 Tulane (GA)
2000 Alabama State (WR)
2001–2003 Nicholls State (QB)
2004–2005 Central Oklahoma (RB)
2005–2008 Desire Street Academy (LA)
2008–2011 Langston (AHC)
2013 Alcorn State (AHC/WR/ST)
2014–2015 Grambling State (WR/ST)
2016 Louisiana Tech (RB)
2017–2019 LSU (WR)
2020–presentLSU (AHC/WR)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2005–2008 Desire Street Academy (LA)
Head coaching record
Overall13–7 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
1 CSFL (2011)

Mickey Joseph (born March 5, 1968) is an American football coach and former player. He is the wide receivers coach at Louisiana State University (LSU), a position he held since 2017.In addition in 2020 he added on the position of assistant head coach. Joseph previously served as the head football coach at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma from 2011 to 2012, compiling a record of 13–7.


Playing career

Joseph attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he played quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The native of Marrero, Louisiana who attended Archbishop Shaw High School started off his career as a capable backup playing behind starters' Steve Taylor and Gerry Gdowski for his freshman and sophomore years. He took over the team as the starter in a two-quarterback system with teammate Mike Grant during Joseph's junior year in 1990. As a starter at Nebraska, he led his team to a 9–2 regular season record in his only season as the team's starting signal caller under the direction of head coach Dr. Tom Osborne.

That season, Joseph got Nebraska off to a perfect 8–0 record as expectations in Lincoln, Nebraska were building up off a No. 3 ranking from the AP Poll. The next game came on November 3, 1990 as Nebraska faced nationally ranked No. 1 Colorado. With 2:38 left in the third quarter of this contest, Joseph connected with his tight end Johnnie Mitchell on a 48-yard touchdown pass to give the Huskers a 12-0 lead. However, Colorado surged ahead by scoring 27 unanswered fourth quarter points to win the game, 27-12. [1]

During the regular season finale on November 23, 1990, the dual threat quarterback suffered a season-ending injury by breaking his leg early in the first quarter of the game with the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma. Without Joseph, this Nebraska team would never be the same as Oklahoma won, 45-10, and the Huskers would go on to struggle in post season play. [2]

For the 1990 season, Joseph's team finished at 9–3 and ranked No. 24 nationally after its Citrus Bowl loss to co-national champion Georgia Tech, 45-21, on January 1, 1991. [3] The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Joseph ran the triple option as an option quarterback. He led Nebraska in passing yards with 624 and completed 34-of-78 passes with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions in 11 games as a junior. He also ran a tailback predicated option offense that included three I-backs—Leodis Flowers, Scott Baldwin, and Derek Brown—that combined for nearly 2,000 rushing yards. Joseph rushed 91 times for 554 yards including 10 touchdowns and recorded a longest run of 70 yards. [4]

Joseph's best single game passing performance came on November 10, 1990 at Kansas in a 41–9 win over the Jayhawks where he completed 7-of-16 passes for 164 yards and threw touchdown passes of 35 and 28 yards to his tight end, Mitchell Joseph also had 10 rushes for 58 yards. [5] The Husker signal caller's finest single game rushing performance came on October 27, 1990 in a 45–27 blasting of Iowa State at Ames, Iowa. Joseph rushed for 123 yards on eight carries and went 4-for-4 passing the ball for 67 yards that included touchdown passes to Mitchell of 23 and three yards. [6]

Joseph's most productive offensive performance in a single game came on October 13, 1990 in a 69-21 win over Missouri when he accounted for five touchdowns. Joseph had nine rushes for 95 yards and was 4-for-8 passing the ball for 65 yards that included a 10-yard scoring pass to split end Jon Bostick. Joseph also scored on touchdown runs of 15, five, two, and three yards in the contest with the Tigers. [7]

Joseph finished his career at Nebraska the same way it began. He fell down the depth chart after returning from the leg injury for his senior season as Keithen McCant became the Huskers' starting quarterback. McCant went on to win the 1991 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year Award. For the 1991 season, Joseph passed for 200 yards off 15-of-30 attempts with a touchdown in 11 games. He rushed 26 times for 112 yards and recorded two touchdowns in limited playing time. [8]

Due to his leg injury at Nebraska, Joseph had to forgo playing quarterback in the Canadian Football League where, at 5-foot-10 inches tall and mobile, his skillset would have been suited for the position. Instead, Joseph graduated from Nebraska in 1991 and pursued a teaching and coaching career.

College statistics


Coaching career

From 1995 to 1996, Joseph was quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at Omaha North High School. In 1997, he became running game coordinator at Wayne State College. Joseph returned to his alma mater, Archbishop Shaw High School, in 1998 as quarterbacks coach.

In 1999, Joseph became a graduate assistant at Tulane. For the 2000 season, he was wide receivers coach at Alabama State. From 2001 to 2003, Joseph served as quarterbacks coach at Nicholls State University. [9] Starting in 2004, he became running backs coach at Central Oklahoma until 2005.

In 2005, Joseph left college football and took a job in his hometown of New Orleans as a coach, seventh-grade history and gym teacher at Desire Street Academy. This was an all-boys school located in one of the poorest neighborhoods that is in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. Then in late August 2005, Joseph's school suffered badly from the flooding and other damage caused by Hurricane Katrina forcing Desire Street Academy to relocate some four hours east of New Orleans to a 4-H camp which is located along the Choctawhatchee Bay in Florida. [10]

It was then that Joseph took on a surrogate fatherlike role as he was able to round up 75 of his students from Louisiana and relocate them to the 4-H camp in Florida. This program known as "Florida 4-H Youth Development" was led by former Heisman Trophy winner and Washington Redskins' quarterback, Danny Wuerffel. There, Joseph took care of his students, survivors of Hurricane Katrina, by serving as their dorm resident. "I'm a dorm dad," commented Joseph. "Actually, they say I'm the dorm grandpa, because I'm a supervisor of the dorm dads." Joseph mentored the children who were separated from their families during this period of tribulation in the fall of 2005. [10]

For Joseph, his role was expanded as he found more and more of his time being spent with his displaced students. He made certain they were all in bed by 10:00 pm and was still their teacher as classroom responsibilities fell upon him early in the day. He also had a football team formed from his available student body that finished with a record of 2-1 that fall. When he was interviewed in November 2005, Joseph explained of the harsh realities his children had experienced of how they were traumatized in some way. He explained that some had stayed at the New Orleans Superdome for days. Joseph summarized his students' lives by saying, "They showed a lot of courage to just come here and continue their education, but they're really out of their environment. And I'm going to teach them now living with them. So I've been really able to find out a lot of things about them." Then Joseph added, "I'm literally raising them. So some days are good. Some days are bad ... but there's never a day where you say, 'I want to quit.'" [10]

From 2011 to 2013, Joseph was the head coach at Langston University. [11] Joseph had been an assistant coach for the Lions from 2008 to 2011.

In 2013, Joseph was the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Alcorn State. From 2014 to 2015, Joseph served as the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Grambling State. On January 15, 2016, Joseph was hired as the running backs coach for Louisiana Tech and coached the 2016 season at that position. [12]

On February 7, 2017, Joseph was named wide receivers coach at LSU. [13] In 2020, Joseph received the additional title of assistant head coach at LSU. [14]

Personal life

Mickey's younger brother, Vance Joseph, was a quarterback and running back for the Colorado Buffaloes from 1990 to 1995. [15] Vance was hired as head coach of the Denver Broncos on January 11, 2017, after signing a four-year contract. [16] He coached the Broncos through the 2018 season. Mickey's other younger brother, Sammy Joseph, played defensive back in the NFL and CFL. [15]

Head coaching record


Langston Lions (Central States Football League)(2011)
2011 Langston7–34–1T–1st23
Langston Lions (NAIA independent)(2012)
2012 Langston6–4

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