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October 26, 2002 Derrick Joseph Feature Story
2002 (through regular season): Backed up J.P. Losman at quarterback in 2002 and saw action in nine games. Finished the season as Tulane's fourth-leading rusher after gaining 87 yards on the year. Lost 64 but still netted 23 on 25 carries. Completed 15-of-34 yards (44 percent) for 178 yards on the year. Threw his lone touchdown pass of the year versus TCU (11/9) to put Tulane in the game when he hit Mewelde Moore with a 47-yarder down the right sideline. Moore broke the Wave school record for career all-purpose yards on the play. Set his career highs with eight-of-16 completions for 119 yards in the game. Completed both of his pass attempts for 33 yards in the UAB game (10/19). Hit his lone pass attempt for 16 yards versus UL-Monroe (10/5). Also had two completions in five attempts for eight yards against Southern (8/31). Gained seven yards on 30 carries in that game too. Rushed the ball in eight games, seven times for positive yardage. Had three carries for nine yards against Memphis (9/21) and three for eight versus Southern Miss (11/23). Gained 10 yards on two carries in the Navy game (10/26).
2001: Played in seven games as a backup quarterback for the Wave. Had seven completions in 12 attempts for 76 yards, including a 20-yard TD strike against UAB (10/20). Connected on five-of-seven passes for 48 yards, including a career-high 22-yard completion in the Louisville game (11/3). Also had 10 carries for 22 yards on the year, including 12 rushing yards in the Louisville game. Tallied an eight-yard reception in the season-opener against BYU (8/25).
2000: Saw action in five games. Posted one catch, a 15-yarder, against Army (10/21).
1999: Played in all 11 games. Put in duty at quarterback and wide receiver. Completed 15-of-42 passes for 162 yards and one interception. Tallied a season-high 58 passing yards in the opener against Southern Miss (9/6). Ran the ball 38 times for 227 yards and one touchdown to finish as the squad's second-leading rusher. Had a season-best 74-yard rushing day against Houston (11/6). Also caught one pass for 30 yards.
1998: Received medical redshirt after sustaining early-season back injury. Started first two games of the season at wide receiver. Had two carries for 18 yards, including a 25-yard reverse on the first play of the season against Cincinnati.
HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, La. Named The Times-Picayune Male Athlete of the Year. Two-time all-district selection and district MVP as a junior. Selected to USA Today honorable mention All-USA team. Member of Times-Picayune blue chip list and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super South 100 list. Max Emfinger All-American. Named to Pigskin Preps preseason Super South 75. First-team all-state selection by Louisiana Football Coaches. Started 49 consecutive games - every game of his four-year career. Completed 82-of-152 passes for 1,725 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior, leading Shaw to Class 5A finals. Also rushed 85 times for 503 yards and nine touchdowns. As a junior, passed for 1,157 yards and 12 TDs and rushed for 662 yards and eight scores. Shaw's career leader in passing yards (5,295), passing TDs (57), total offense (7,420) and touchdowns accounted for (92). Career rushing totals of 2,125 yards, 35 touchdowns. Coached by Hank Tierney.
PERSONAL: Derrick Joseph. Born August 1, 1979 in New Orleans. Son of Terry and Geraldine Joseph. Majoring in computer information systems.