Memphis’ Morris Joseph transferring to Georgia Tech

Memphis defensive lineman Morris Joseph (foreground) announced his decision to transfer to Georgia Tech. He is pictured playing for Memphis against Tulane on Nov. 27. (University of Memphis Athletics)

Credit: Matthew A. Smith

Credit: Matthew A. Smith

Memphis defensive lineman Morris Joseph (foreground) announced his decision to transfer to Georgia Tech. He is pictured playing for Memphis against Tulane on Nov. 27. (University of Memphis Athletics)

Georgia Tech received a commitment from a player who could provide help at a position where the Yellow Jackets particularly need it.

Former Memphis defensive lineman Morris Joseph announced Thursday his intention to transfer to Tech, giving the Jackets needed depth on the defensive line. He announced his decision to go in the transfer portal Feb. 28.

Joseph was a two-year starter for the Tigers and played in 35 games in three seasons after playing his first collegiate season at a junior college. He has one season of eligibility remaining.

This past season, Joseph started nine games and was credited with 38 tackles, including 4.5 for loss. His tackle total was highest on the defensive line. As a junior, he had 52 tackles with 10.5 tackles for loss (tied for fifth in the American Athletic Conference) and seven sacks (tied for second in the conference) and was named honorable mention all-conference.

Joseph played defensive end in the Tigers’ 3-4 defense, but, listed at 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, appears that he could shift to defensive tackle in a four-man defensive line. At tackle, the Jackets lost Djimon Brooks, Mike Lockhart and Ja’Quon Griffin from last year’s team. Tech is counting on players such as T.K. Chimedza, Zeek Biggers, Makius Scott, Akelo Stone and D’Quan Douse but certainly could use more experience at defensive tackle.

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