Position
Defensive Tackle
Height
6'1
Weight
287 lbs.
Class
Senior
Hometown
Bastrop, La.
Major
Sport Administration
High School
Bastrop HS

CAREER
Four-year contributor at defensive tackle for LSU … Played in 48 games with 11 starts … Finished career with 47 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks … Best year came as senior in 2012 with 19 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks … Ten of 11 career starts came during senior season … Invited to the Raycom College All-Star Classic following senior season.

SENIOR SEASON (2012)
Had best season as a Tiger with 19 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in helping LSU to a 10-3 overall record … Played in all 13 games with 10 starts … Best games of year came in final two contests with 3 tackles and 1.0 sacks in win over Arkansas … Followed that with 4 four tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack for a 7-yard loss vs. Clemson in Chick-fil-A Bowl … Had 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack for a 9-yard loss in win over South Carolina … Had a half sack for a 4-yard loss vs. Florida … Opened year by tying a career-best with 4 tackles in win over North Texas.

JUNIOR SEASON (2011)
A reserve defensive tackle who played in 12 games … Recorded nine tackles on the year … Made his first career start at Mississippi State but did not record any stats … Posted half a tackle for a loss against Northwestern State.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010)
Played in 12 games with no starts … Made 10 tackles this season, including two for losses and one sack … Recorded one tackle for a loss at Vanderbilt … Tallied two tackles in the opener against North Carolina including his first career sack for a nine-yard loss.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2009)
A dominant defensive lineman in high school who worked his way into the two-deep as a true freshman, backing up Al Woods at left defensive tackle … Played in 10 games with no starts … Set a career-high with four tackles, including 0.5 tackles for a loss, against Auburn … Recorded 0.5 tackles for a loss and one total tackle versus Florida … Made his first appearance as a Tiger at Washington and made his first solo tackle, which was for a 3-yard loss.

HIGH SCHOOL
A dominating defensive lineman who earned the right to compete in the Under Armour High School All-America Game following his senior season … Member of the ESPNU 150 as well as being a SuperPrep All-America in 2008 … Helped lead Bastrop High School to the Class 4A semifinals after finishing the season with 25 tackles and five sacks in 2008 … His performance earned him first-team all-state honors as a senior … Anchored a Bastrop defense that held opponents to 10.4 points per game en route to a perfect 15-0 record and Class 4A state championship as a junior in 2007 … Finished his junior season as a first-team all-state selection with 37 tackles, two sacks and one interception … Also earned first-team all-state honors as an offensive lineman during his sophomore season in 2006 … A member of The Advocate Super Dozen and New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Blue Chip List for the Class of 2009 … A member of the Rivals 250 … Is ranked as the No. 7 recruit in the state of Louisiana by SuperPrep … Also ranked as the No. 9 player in the state by Rivals.com … Coached at Bastrop High School by Brad Bradshaw.

PERSONAL
Full name is Joshua Madella Downs … Goes by Josh … Born May 11, 1990, in Monroe, La. … Parents are Jimmie and Ella Downs … Has two siblings – Jimmie, Jr. and Chaka … Majoring in sports administration.

CAREER HIGHS 
Total tackles: 4, twice (Last: vs. North Texas, 2012; First: vs. Auburn, 2009)
Tackles for loss: 1.5 vs. South Carolina, 2012
Sacks: 1, three times (Last: at Arkansas, 2012; First: vs. North Carolina, 2010)

DOWNS’ CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks

PBU

QBH

INT

FF

FR
2009

11-0

2

7

9

3.5-8

0-0

0

0

0-0

0

0-0

2010

12-0

2

8

10

2.0-12

1.0-9

0

0

0-0

0

0-0

2011

12-1

3

6

9

0.5-1

0-0

0

1

0-0

0

0-0

2012

13-10

6

13

19

5.5-26

3.5-20

0

0

0-0

0

0-0

Totals

48-11
13
34
47
11.5-47
4.5-29
0
1
0-0
0
0-0

 

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