Position: Defensive Tackle
Experience: 4 Letters
Hometown: Mer Rouge
High School: Bastrop
Major: Sports Administration
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, 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): Worked his way into the two-deep depth chart 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 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 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 as sophomore for Bastrop's 2006 state championship team. … Two-year starter at Delta High School in 2004 and 2005 ... 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 ... 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. … Coach at Delta by Lorenzo Price.
Page 2 of 2 - 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)