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Frantz Joseph (LB)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 242
Conference: Conference USA
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
High School: Fort Lauderdale
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Overview

Joseph came to the Florida Atlantic program via Boston College, where he redshirted as a freshman in 2004. He patiently waited two seasons before he was able to step on to the playing field for the Owls, but over his last two campaigns he ranked among the nation's leading tacklers.


However unrecognized he was to the media, Joseph certainly drew the attention of opposing offensive coordinators. Despite playing in just 37 games at Florida Atlantic, he shattered the school career record with his 346 total tackles. He holds the top two spots on the school's single-season record tackle list with 131 hits in 2007 and 154 in 2008. His 2008 totals ranked second in the nation, much like his school single-season record 81 solo tackles.


Joseph was a two-sport standout at Fort Lauderdale High School, excelling in football and basketball. He earned Class 4A All-County, All-American Student-Athlete and team Most Valuable Player honors as a linebacker during his senior season. The team captain paced the squad with 96 tackles, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions in seven games during his senior year, adding a team-high 73 tackles in five contests as a junior.


Joseph spent the 2004 season on the scout team at Boston College. After the season, he decided to transfer closer to home and sat out the 2005 campaign at Florida Atlantic under NCAA transfer rules. "Opportunities and taking advantage of every opportunity given was something taught by my mother, who came to America from Haiti as a teenager," Joseph stated. "I learned at an early age how to support your family both financially and emotionally. That is a major reason I chose to play at FAU, a place where I could play football at a high level and be there for my family. This team works hard and is committed to the coaches' plan."


He made his first appearance for the Owls in the second game of 2006, finishing third on the squad with 61 tackles (39 solos), adding one sack and 2.5 stops for loss. He picked off one pass and recovered a fumble for a 12-yard return.


As a junior, Joseph earned All-Sun Belt Conference first-team accolades. He led the league and ranked 28th nationally with a then school single-season record 131 tackles (64 solos) from his middle linebacker position. His 12.5 tackles for loss tied the school season mark. He also posted three sacks with three fumble recoveries, a trio of pass deflections and two interceptions.


Joseph received All-American third-team and All-Sub Belt Conference first-team honors as a senior. The Owl ranked second in the nation with a school single-season record 154 tackles, as his 81 solo hits also ranked second in the NCAA. He had nine stops behind the line of scrimmage, the eighth-best season total by a FAU player. He also recovered two fumbles to go with three pass deflections.


High School

Attended Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach David Martin...Two-sport standout, excelling in both football and basketball...Earned Class 4A All-County, All-American Student-Athlete and team Most Valuable Player honors as a linebacker during his senior season...The team captain paced the squad with 96 tackles, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions in seven games during his senior year, adding a team-high 73 tackles in five contests as a junior.


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Analysis

Positives: Very physical at the line, throws his body into the hole. ... Gets very low in his ready stance. ... Will not win any track events, but seems to get to every play with good football speed. ... Attacks the line with great ferocity. ... Runs through the ballcarrier on tackles -- behind the line or after hustling to the sideline on quick screens. ... Swarms to the ball downfield, plays through the whistle. ... Possesses one of the most ferocious punches in the country; slams the pads of linemen when attacking the run. ... Can also slip through traffic to hit a back in the hole. ... Rarely gets knocked to the ground on cut blocks. ... Uses his hands to get off blocks near the line and at the second level from full-grown guards. ... Should be a fine special teams player due to his aggressiveness and sure tackling.


Negatives: A two-down player. ... Only adequate size and muscle development for an inside linebacker. ... Lacks great lateral speed to corral quick backs and receivers. ... Little coverage ability, although he can level a receiver coming into his zone. ... Not very fast in his drop and comes out of his stance too early, but he still manages to cover enough ground to stop middle routes short of the first down.


Compares To: DAVID HARRIS, New York Jets -- Harris is much better in pass coverage, but both undersized linebackers demonstrate a vicious hand punch and excel at making plays inside the box. Joseph might be a two-down type of linebacker, unless he can greatly improve his hips in order to get better depth and cleaner breaks in pass coverage. Despite his size, he packs a wallop attacking interior blockers.


Injury Report

No injuries reported.


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