By Michael Foster
Lamarcus Joyner came to Florida State as a five-star recruit and a top ranked cornerback nationally. He was named USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior. Joyner has not disappointed since becoming a Seminole. He has shown extreme toughness, versatility, and athleticism during his time. The Florida State senior defensive back from Fort Lauderdale has successfully started at both safety and corner in his collegiate career, and is considered an NFL prospect at both positions. His performance thus far has validated why college programs like Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State and others wanted his services.
Some people were surprised that Joyner came back for his senior season after a successful junior campaign in which he played a big part in a top ranked defense nationally. That being said, he earned many preseason honors including All-ACC first team, and being put on the watch lists for national honors such as the Thorpe Award, Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy, Lott Impact Trophy, and Paul Hornung Award. Of course, he is also on the College All Star Bowl watch list and is considered one of the top defensive backs in the country . There is no doubt he is an intriguing prospect. Having started 27 straight games at safety before his senior year, coaches switched him to corner this year and he has been just as dynamic. If there is a hole in his game it is the fact that he is only listed at 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds.
Before we get into his week eight performance, let’s touch on his NFL future. He is considered an undersized defensive back. However, he has consistently shown the playmaking ability and versatility that an NFL team would love. Plus, he has shown that ability in a BCS conference for a top national football program in Florida State. Joyner has shown very good speed and a physicality that goes beyond his size. If you read his scouting report he sounds like former NFL pro-bowler and Ohio State All-American, Antoine Winfield. Winfield was consistently known as one of the toughest players pound for pound in the NFL. If size was a problem, he never showed it for 14 years in the NFL. Now I am not saying Joyner is Antoine Winfield, but he is similar, and I could see him have similar success at the next level. Most draft prognosticators have him as a top five defensive back in the upcoming 2014 draft.
Florida State was supposed to face its toughest test in a top five tussle with Clemson in Death Valley this past weekend. As we all know, that test was passed with flying colors. The Florida State defense was suffocating Saturday, and Joyner played a big role in that performance. He was all over the place as he forced two fumbles early in the game that turned into two quick touchdowns for the Seminoles. He later intercepted a ball in Florida State territory as Clemson was trying to get back in the ball game. In all, he recorded eight tackles (second most on the team), including one tackle for loss, a sack, the previously mentioned forced fumbles and interception. His performance earned him ACC Defensive Back of the Week and Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors. Joyner proves that the question shouldn’t be, “Does he have the prototypical size?” It should be, “What does the tape of his performance on the field show?” The answer is he’s a ball player.
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Michael Foster is responsible for Football Operations at Wyatt Sports, LLC and coordinates Scouting for The College All Star Bowl. Michael is originally from the state of Michigan, but has lived with his wife Jody in the Upstate of South Carolina for the past five years. He has a Business Sports Management degree and has experience in sports media and scouting. You can email Michael at email@example.com, follow the bowl game on twitter @theallstarbowl, or get more information about the game at .