By Mike Beasley
Posted Dec. 7, 2018
Matthew High School grad Katley Joseph started
eight games for the University of Maine Black
Bears as a freshman this season. File photo
Joseph has beaten the odds when it comes to suiting up
as a regular in his first NCAA football season.
freshmen see a lot of practice time, rarely get a sniff
of real game action and in some cases are red-shirted
to save a year of eligibility Joseph knew he was facing
unlikely odds to crack the starting roster when he committed
to the University of Maine Black Bears in November 2017.
But the St. Matthew High School graduate was focused and
determined on making the team as a starting defensive
back from the opening kick-off.
out of high school, I knew what I wanted to do and where
I wanted to go,” Joseph said. “Committing to the University
of Maine was the right move for me. The Black Bears gave
me the opportunity to earn a spot in the starting roster
right away, which I took advantage of through hard work
over the summer and in training camp.”
four-time MVP for the St. Matt Tigers was a highly touted
high school prospect. In addition to being a multiple
most valuable player, Joseph was named a NCAFA Eastern
All-Star team member on four different occasions as a
was ranked as the top defensive back in Ontario, possessing
excellent physical ability along with excellent skills
reading plays and recognizing offensive formations.
to his senior year of high school, Joseph showed the NCAA
recruiters what all the fuss surrounding him was about
when he, his brother and a few football buddies headed
down to a showcase at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
He was up against some pretty stiff competition in the
form of high end American-born players, but Joseph stood
out with his solid play.
made an immediate impression with the University of Maine
coaching staff and was offered a full scholarship the
same day. After graduating from high school last December,
the Orléans native made the move to Orono, Maine, in January
to get a head start on his college career.
enrolled in January to make a smooth transition from living
in Orleans and attending high school to living in the
United States and being an NCAA student-athlete,” Joseph
early definitely gave me an advantage because being a
full-time student and playing varsity football is a busy
schedule. Getting a handle on school and living away from
home in another country was an adjustment.”
5-foot-9, 174 lb. communications major suited up for eight
out of 10 games for the Black Bears this season, picking
up 14 solo tackles and one interception.
Dec. 1, Joseph helped the Black Bears to a 55-27 victory
over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, giving the university
its first-ever home playoff win.
next opponent is Weber State. The two teams will meet
in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals
in Ogden, Utah on Dec. 8.
Matthew High School grad Katley Joseph had
12 solo tackles and an interception playing
for the University of Maine Black Bears this
season. File photo
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