Name: Josh Kirkland
Weight: 201 lbs
Hometown: Paxico, KS
High School: St. Mary's by way of Butler Community College.
2013 Stats: Kirkland registered 30 tackles, 19 of which were unassisted. Four of those tackles came in the Tulane game, where he also assisted on a sack for a one-yard loss. He injured his hand in the Georgia Tech game, and didn't get much run the last part of the season.
2014 Projections: He's all healed up, and slated to fit into the outside linebacker spot at this point. Though he's behind fellow senior, Dyshawn Davis, he'll continue to be a key piece in the rotation.
How'd He Get Here: Shafer sort of found him by accident while watching film on Butler CC, and Eric White helped find and ultimately bring Kirkland to SU.
What'd Scout/Rivals Say: Two stars all around.
Money Quote: He seems to appreciate where he is. A lot.
Every play could be my last, on and off the field. I try to embrace that.
Links Of Wonder: Kirkland has overcome quite a bit of adversity to get where he is, and The Juice Online wrote about it.
Tweets Of Wonder:
Record high in cuse 40 degrees!!!— Josh kirkland (@captainkirk_47) February 21, 2014
What Does Shafer Think Of Him: Just before the Rodeo Bowl, he said,
I think [Kirkland] might be the guy to try to tackle a calf. There's something about that guy that I think he could do it.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: In high school, he was involved with Future Farmers of America. He finished first in roping contests. Probably why Shafer thought he'd be the guy to tackle a calf last year...
Let's Get A Good Look Atcha: