James Joseph
James Joseph

Running Backs


Alma Mater:
Auburn, 1997

James Joseph is entering his third season working with the Tiger running backs. A former Auburn standout, Joseph was hired in February 2007 to lead the ground game.

The running game has steadily improved in the last two years, and the 2009 season looks to be no exception as Joseph's group has a wealth of experience and no shortage of talent.

Curtis Steele emerged as a viable threat for the Tiger offense in 2008, leading the way with 1,223 yards and seven touchdowns. He was an All-C-USA second-team honoree and was selected as the league's Newcomer of the Year. He was backed up by Miami transfer Charlie Jones and true freshman Brandon Ross who combined for over 500 yards and eight touchdowns.

In the last two seasons, Tiger backs have only accounted for three fumbles lost in 696 carries - a tribute to Joseph's relentless demand for attention to detail.

In 2007, Tiger backs were responsible for 11 touchdowns, led by senior Joseph Doss' five scores. Doss tallied 806 yards on 174 attempts and registered two 100-yard games that season. Of the 332 total carries by Tiger backs, only two resulted in fumbles as Memphis ranked tied for third nationally in fumbles lost.

Prior to joining the U of M staff, Joseph spent three seasons (2004-06) in the same capacity at Troy University. The Trojans captured their first-ever Sun Belt Conference title in 2006, and defeated Rice in the 2006 R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

No stranger to big-time football, Joseph played five seasons in the NFL in the mid-1990s following a standout career at Auburn University from 1986-90.

At Auburn, Joseph holds the distinction of being the only Tiger player in school history to participate in five Auburn-Tennessee football games. He played as a true freshman in 1986 and was injured in the third game of the following season against Tennessee in 1987. He was granted a medical redshirt and regained his sophomore season for 1988.

Joseph helped lead Auburn to three-consecutive Southeastern Conference championships (1988-90) and still ranks ninth in school history in rushing yards with 2,264 yards on 452 carries. He also scored 16 career touchdowns for the Tigers. Auburn participated in five bowls games during his career: Citrus (1986), Sugar (1987 and 1988), Hall of Fame (1989) and Peach (1990).

In 1991, Joseph was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. As a rookie, he tallied 440 yards on 135 carries. Joseph played four seasons for the Eagles and one season with the Cincinnati Bengals, amassing 823 yards and three touchdowns on 250 carries. Upon completing his NFL career, Joseph returned to school and began his coaching career.

In 1996, Joseph began working as an assistant football coach at Auburn High School. He worked there through the 2003 season before accepting his first collegiate coaching post at Troy.

Joseph, 41, earned his bachelor's degree in human development from Auburn in 1997. He has three children: Jonathan, Jeremy and Jamey.

The Joseph File


• October 28, 1967

• Phenix City, Ala.

Alma Mater

• Auburn, 1997

• Bachelor's degree in human development

Collegiate Playing Experience

1986-90: Auburn (Running Back)


• Children - Jonathan, Jeremy & Jamey

Coaching Experience

2007-Present: University of Memphis

2004-06: Troy University

1996-03: Auburn HS

Recruiting Area

• Fulton County, Ga., south Florida & east central Alabama

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