Veteran member of the Husky defense who has 32 career starts over the past three seasons.
2011: A key member of the Husky defensive line who was hampered by an injury last season ... missed the first three games of the season after starting 25 of UConn's 26 games in 2009 and `10 ... returned for the fourth game of 2011 and then started the final seven ... had a season-high five tackles against both Buffalo (Sept. 24) and Louisville (Nov. 19) ... had four tackles in three other games ... his career high in tackles remained eight vs. North Carolina (Sept. 12, 2009).
2010: Explosive defensive end who missed his first career game against Rutgers (Oct. 8)...Was ranked tied for 26th in the country in sacks and fourth in the BIG EAST...Played in the first 18 games of his Husky career since he was a true freshman...Led the team with 12.00 tackles for a loss with 8.5 sacks...Had three tackles for a loss and two sacks against Vanderbilt (Oct. 2)...Made four tackles with a sack in key win over Cincinnati (Nov. 27).
2009: Started all 13 games in 2009 for the Huskies at the defensive end spot...was a starter in his first collegiate game vs. Ohio (Sept. 5), becoming the first true freshman to start for UConn since 2004 and the first on defense in UConn's FBS history...had 38 tackles on the season with five for a loss and 2.5 sacks...had a career-high seven tackles against both North Carolina (Sept. 12) and in win vs. USF (Dec. 5)...also had five tackles vs. Rutgers (Oct. 31) and in the Papajohns.com Bowl game vs. South Carolina (Jan. 2), where he also forced a fumble.
High School: Was team captain and all-league pick ... Invited to 2007 Team Quebec camp ... Team was 2006 and `07 Bol d' Or Trophy champions, which goes to the winner of the Canadian Prep Triple-A football league champions ... From same prep school and hometown as current Husky Moe Petrus ... Graduated from Northeast Philadelphia High School in 2006.
Personal Profile: Jesse Owens Joseph ... Born on September 2, 1988 ... A sociology major.
JESSE JOSEPH'S CAREER HIGHS Most Tackles, game: 8, vs. North Carolina, 9/12/09 Most TFL, game: 3, vs. Vanderbilt, 10/2/10 Most Sacks, game: 2, vs. Vanderbilt, 10/2/10