Football Coaching Staff
Wide Receivers Coach
Mickey Joseph, a Louisiana high school football legend with strong ties to New Orleans, enters his third season as LSU's wide receivers coach in 2019.
Joseph brings over 20 years of coaching experience as well as four years as a quarterback at Nebraska under Tom Osborne to the Tiger staff.
In 2018, Joseph took a young and unproven group of receivers at the beginning of the year and developed them into a dependable, playmaking unit by seasons end. Sophomore Justin Jefferson, who had never caught a collegiate pass prior to last year, led the Tigers with 54 catches for 875 yards and six TDs. Jefferson ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in receiving yards (No. 6 at 875), yards per game (No. 8 at 67.3), and receptions (No. 10 at 54).
LSU’s 2018 wide receiver corps featured Jefferson, three juniors who have previously combined for only 13 starts prior to last year, and two talented true freshmen in Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall. Every wide receiver that caught a pass for the Tigers in 2018 returns this year, a group that includes seniors Stephen Sullivan (23-363 2 TDs), Derrick Dillon (22-307, 2 TDs, and Dee Anderson (20-274 1 TD). LSU’s two rookies last year – Chase and Marshall – combined for 35 receptions for 505 yards and three touchdowns.
In his first year at LSU, Joseph helped groom wide receiver DJ Chark into an explosive playmaker as he ranked among the leaders in the SEC in yards per catch (21.9) and yards per game (67.2). Chark earned second team All-SEC honors after hauling in 40 passes for 874 yards and three scores. He doubled as a threat in the punt return game, leading the SEC in punt return TDs (2) and finishing second in the league in punt return yards (190) and average (10.6). His 75-yard punt return for a TD against Auburn helped the Tigers overcome a 20-point first half deficit to win, 27-23, in what was the largest SEC comeback for LSU in Tiger Stadium history.
Chark went on to become a second round draft pick (No. 61 overall) of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Another of Joseph's LSU products was that of Russell Gage, a seldom-used wide receiver until Orgeron took over the squad in September of 2016. Under Orgeron and Joseph, Gage flourished as a dynamic playmaker in both the passing and running game as well as making an impact on special teams. Gage developed so much under Joseph that he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
Joseph joined the LSU staff after serving as running backs coach at Louisiana Tech in 2016. In his one year in Ruston, Joseph helped the Bulldogs to a 9-5 overall mark and a 48-45 win over 25th-ranked Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.
The Bulldogs ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring in 2016, averaging 44.3 points per game. Tech averaged 514.9 total yards game, which included 363.4 passing and 151.6 on the ground.
Prior to Louisiana Tech, Joseph helped turn around a Grambling State team that went 1-11 prior to his arrival to winning 16 games over the next two years. The Tigers posted a 7-5 mark in 2014 and followed that with a 9-3 overall mark and an appearance in the SWAC Championship Game. In 2015, Joseph's receivers totaled 2,250 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns as Grambling's scoring offense ranked fourth and passing offense ranked 21st among all FCS programs nationally.
Joseph was special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach at Alcorn State in 2013, helping the Braves to a 9-3 overall mark, the most wins for the school in 30 years. While at Alcorn, Joseph guided a receiving corps that caught for 2,728 yards and 23 touchdowns with an average gain of 13.0 yards per reception.
Joseph spent six years at Langston University from 2008-13, which included two years as the
Joseph got his first collegiate coaching job at Wayne State College in Nebraska in 1997, which he followed with a season at his high school alma mater Archbishop Shaw High School in New Orleans in 1998. From there, Joseph served as a graduate assistant at Tulane in 1999 and then coached receivers at Alabama State in 2000.
He coached quarterbacks at Nicholls State for three years (2001-03) and then spent two seasons as the running backs coach at Central Oklahoma (2004-05).
Before his tenure at Langston, Joseph served as the head football coach and Director of Athletics for Desire Street Academy, a private school in the New Orleans' Ninth Ward area. His main goal was to help get young kids out of the underprivileged area to improve their overall quality of life through sports. At the time of Hurricane Katrina, Joseph was responsible of moving the private school to Florida along with relocating the student- athletes. That year, the team had a record of 1-3, however, in 2008 Joseph turned the team around to a 10-3 record. Seven out of 25 players were able to sign with NCAA Division I programs.
During the summer of 2012 he also spent time with Houston Texans as part of an NFL minority internship. While in Houston, Joseph worked with the running backs and all aspects of the special teams units.
Joseph played quarterback at Nebraska from 1988-91. As a junior Joseph led the Cornhuskers to a 9-3 overall mark after accounting for 21 touchdowns (11 rushing, 10 passing). In his four years at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers posted a 39-9-1 overall mark and appeared in the Orange Bowl twice, the Citrus Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl.
In four years with the Cornhuskers, Joseph played in 34 regular season games and accounted for 30 touchdowns (16 rushing, 14 passing). His best season came as a junior in 1990 when he played in all 12 games, throwing for 624 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 554 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
Joseph was the top recruit coming out of Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero when he was recruited to the University of Nebraska. In 1987, he was awarded Gatorade Player of the Year and First-Team Parade All-American. The standout football player was also a two-time All-State MVP and three-time All-District MVP.
Joseph, who is married to Priscilla Arzaga, has five children – Jacob, Zachary, Makiyah, Maya, and Malania.
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