05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 53/6. Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State, 5-08, 184, 4.47, 2...Small and not really blazing fast, but Joyner is a football junky with an innate feel for the game. High school phenom at prep powerhouse St. Thomas Acquinas, where he was USA Today's National Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Joyner played safety and corner in a college career that included 15 pass deflections, eight interceptions and an average of 24.23 yards on kickoffs. Frankly: Joyner plays much bigger than he measures, hits like the linebacker he was in high school, and his shocking zero-to-gone acceleration will help as a returner. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 34. LaMarcus Joyner FS, Florida State (5-8, 184, 4.55, SR)...Despite his short stature, Joyner is the type of player who is impossible to ignore because of the way he jumps off the tape. His lack of size will show up in man coverage and run support, but he plays fast and decisive with violent attitude, projecting him to a nickel role. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-08, 184, 4.55...Small and not really blazing fast, but Joyner is a football junkie with an innate feel for the game. High school phenom at prep powerhouse St. Thomas Acquinas, where he was USA Today's National Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Joyner played safety and corner in a college career that included 15 pass deflections, eight interceptions and an average of 24.23 yards on kickoffs. Frankly: Joyner plays much bigger than he measures, hits like the linebacker he was in high school, and his shocking zero-to-gone acceleration will help as a returner. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: NFL flocks to Florida State workout...While most of the top-rated prospects chose not to run during the timed tests, Joyner and Smith showed off their fluidity during positional drills. Joyner, in particular, was impressive changing directions and accelerating swiftly. Unfortunately, he let a couple of potential interceptions slip through his fingers. The versatile defensive back is currently rated as the No. 53 overall prospect and seventh among cornerbacks in this class, although many teams view him as a cornerback/safety hybrid. Jones struggled in positional drills, showing less-than-ideal flexibility. He is currently rated as the No. 123 overall prospect and a likely mid-round pick. A contingent from the New Orleans Saints, including assistant coaches Rob Ryan and Joe Vitt, orchestrated the linebacker drills. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 47. Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State, 5-8, 190, 4.52, 2...NFLDraftScout.com says NFL teams will be hard-pressed to find a better inch-for-inch defender in the country, but the fact is he is only 5-foot-8. This tough, versatile, instinctive defender played strong safety in 2011 and earned second-team All-ACC honors there. Joyner started all 14 games as a junior, giving him 27 consecutive starts at safety before moving back to cornerback. Excellent return skills. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/06/2014 - Scouting the pass defense: The Seminoles have arguably the best secondary in the nation and lead FBS with 25 interceptions, only 152 passing yards allowed per game and in scoring defense at 10.7 points per game. The Tigers have the 104th-ranked passing defense at 260 yards per game allowed, and have shown a propensity for giving up the big play, including a 99-yard touchdown against Alabama and two long bombs against Missouri. - The Sports Xchange
12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-8 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, FL...Joyner, who is also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Jim Thorpe Award, entered his final game at Doak Campbell Stadium with a team-high five sacks -- a large number considering the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native plays in the defensive secondary. In fact, no other defensive back in college football has more sacks than Joyner this season. Joyner is also second on the team in tackles with 51 total stops and has 6 1/2 tackles for loss. He also has one interception, three pass breakups, four passes defended, two quarterback hurries and at team-best three forced fumbles. - Florida State football
12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): CB-Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State (38)...Has been selected First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - Florida State football
12/12/2013 - 2013 THORPE AWARD FINALIST (TOP DEFENSIVE BACK): Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State...Joyner leads the No. 2 ranked Seminoles with five sacks and three forced fumbles, and also has 55 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and an interception. He has started 38 games in his career and is the veteran leader of the nation's fifth-ranked defense, second-ranked scoring defense and passing defense. Joyner's signature performance came at then-No. 3 Clemson on Oct. 19 when he had eight solo tackles, one sack, an interception and forced two fumbles in the 51-14 Seminole victory. - Thorpe Award
12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (172)...Senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was the only Seminole defender to make the First Team. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native leads Florida State in sacks (5.0) and forced fumbles (three) and is second on the team in tackles (60). He is the leader of the nation's first-ranked pass defense, as FSU allows only 153.0 yards per game. He nabbed First Team honors for the second straight season. - Florida State football
11/11/2013 - TOP 10 BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF 2013: 5. LaMarcus Joyner, FSU, DB: His position should just be listed as Playmaker because the short DB does everything for the Noles D. Just another superb talent to come out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, the 5-8 Joyner is inch-for-inch the best defender in college football. He has three forced fumbles, one INT, four passes broken up, three sacks, two QB hurries along with 31 solo tackles. Joyner shined brightest in the Noles' biggest game, at Clemson where he had eight solo tackles, two forced fumbles, one INT and one sack. "He's legit," said an NFL scout. "He's fast and twitchy and instintive. He's so much fun to watch." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/28/2013 - Alabama's Landon Collins, Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner are among the 15 semifinalists for this year's Jim Thorpe Award, given to the country's top defensive back. Three finalists will be named Nov. 25, with the winner announced Dec. 12 on ESPN. The award is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association in Oklahoma City.
Other semifinalists for the honor include: Ohio State's C.J. Barnett, Washington State's Deone Bucannon, Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin, Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller, Florida's Vernon Hargreaves, Oregon State's Steven Nelson, Ole Miss' Cody Prewitt, Louisville's Calvin Pryor, TCU's Jason Verrett, Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward and Kansas State's Ty Zimmerman. Last year's award went to Johnthan Banks of Mississippi State. - AP Sports
10/22/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 8 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: On the first play of the game, he stripped the ballcarrier and immediately swung the momentum to Florida State. And then later in the first quarter, Joyner blitzed off the edge and sacked Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd with outstanding closing burst, knocking the ball out of his hands in the process for his second forced fumble of the game. Later in the first half with Clemson driving, Joyner picked off Boyd for his first interception of the season. With his marginal size (5-8, 190), he won't be a fit for every NFL defense, but he plays bigger than he looks and has a future at the next level in some capacity, most likely as a nickelback. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/22/2013 - WEEK 8 SENIOR BOWL COLLEGE SENIOR OF THE WEEK: It was the showdown that turned into the shutdown, at least where Florida State's defense is concerned. While Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Co. were shredding the Clemson defense, Seminoles' cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was wrecking havoc on the defensive side of the ball, helping shut down Tajh Boyd and the Tigers' potent offensive attack. Joyner racked up eight solo tackles, one sack, forced two fumbles that led to FSU touchdowns and added an interception in the Seminoles' 51-14 rout of 3rd-ranked Clemson on Saturday night.
For his efforts, Joyner is the Reese's Senior Bowl's College Senior of the Week. Joyner, who switched from safety to cornerback this season, has led a Seminoles defense that is ranked third in the nation, allowing just 12.3 points per game. - Senior Bowl.com
10/22/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 8 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: DB LaMarcus Joyner, Florida State...The best player on the field Saturday night in Death Valley was freshman sensation Jameis Winston, the outstanding Florida State quarterback. But the Seminole defense completely shut down the Clemson offense, and it could be argued the player with the second-largest impact was Joyner. The versatile defensive back has bounced between safety and cornerback most of his career, but is playing mostly a cornerback role as a senior, seeing a lot of action as a nickelback covering the slot receiver. And against the Tigers, Joyner was all over the field, finishing with eight tackles, a sack and three turnovers (one interception and two forced fumbles). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - Florida State-Clemson draft notes: Safety Lamarcus Joyner's stock rises...It was not only athleticism but remarkable awareness that resulted in Joyner's third turnover of the game. As he did when forcing his second fumble of the night, Joyner initially lined up on the line of scrimmage, just off the hip of pass rusher Ukeme Eligwe. Joyner was there early and Boyd recognized the threat of the blitz, delivering a strong, accurate pass that almost surely would have been caught by wideout Adam Humphries. A split second before the snap, however, Joyner scrambled back, dropping into the gap that Humphries was running toward, completely fooling Boyd to make the easy interception at approximately the 7-yard line. The interception occurred with 5:23 remaining in the half and with Florida State already ahead 24-7, erasing what had been one of Clemson's few productive drives in a nightmarish game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 NCAA NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will get a ton of the attention for Saturday night's drubbing at Clemson, but it was defensive back Lamarcus Joyner who helped keep the Tigers' prolific offense off the board for much of the night. Joyner was credited with eight tackles while registering big plays all over the field including two forced fumbles, one sack and one interception. - NCAA.com
10/21/2013 - Florida State-Clemson draft notes: Safety Lamarcus Joyner's stock rises...Joyner's first forced fumble of the game came after Boyd hit wideout Stanton Seckinger for an apparent first down. Joyner and linebacker Telvin Smith, another undersized by dynamic Seminoles' defender, closed quickly to hit Seckinger from both sides. Joyner got his right arm inside Seckinger's, ripping the ball free to give Winston and the Florida State offense the ball at the Clemson 34-yard line. Winston hit Kelvin Benjamin for FSU's first score just three plays later.
It didn't take Joyner's second forced fumble that long to result in points for the Seminoles. Down 10-0 but with Clemson appearing to gain back some momentum after an 18-yard completion to star wideout Sammy Watkins, Boyd faked a handoff and drifted left. He appeared to see a blitzing Joyner dashing towards him but was nonetheless surprised by the defender's closing speed. Joyner exploded into Boyd just as the athletic quarterback raised the ball to pass, dislodging it. Three Florida State defenders were in position to pick up the fumble (including Joyner) but 6-foot-3, 277-pound defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. snatched it up instead, returning the fumble 37 yards to give Florida State a commanding 17-0 lead. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - Florida State-Clemson draft notes: Safety Lamarcus Joyner's stock rises...While obviously undersized, Joyner doesn't shirk from contact. He welcomes it, in fact, and possesses excellent diagnosis skills, as well as the balance, agility and speed to handle coverage duties. Defensive backs' coaches in the NFL will appreciate Joyner's versatility, as he's logged action against legitimate competition while lining up outside, inside and deep. Joyner currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 free safety but a creative defensive coordinator could use him in a variety of roles in the NFL.
Joyner signed with Florida State initially as a highly regarded prep cornerback and logged his first action there in 2010, posting 23 tackles, two passes broken up and an interception as a true freshman. He returned to the edges as a senior, where he starred Saturday against the Tigers and Boyd, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior quarterback. Joyner's three turnovers demonstrated his unique brand of toughness, closing speed and awareness. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - Florida State-Clemson draft notes: Safety Lamarcus Joyner's stock rises...Much of the credit for Florida State's thrashing of Clemson Saturday night in Death Valley will be attributed to freshman sensation Jameis Winston and for good reason. The most impactful performance in this contest, however, may very well have been turned in by teammate Lamarcus Joyner, who forced two Clemson fumbles in the first quarter and intercepted Tajh Boyd in the second to spark the Seminoles' taking a dominating 27-7 lead into halftime. The Tigers weren't able to solve the mysteries of Florida State's after intermission, eventually losing 51-14. The 51 points were the most ever surrendered by Clemson at Death Valley.
The showdown between the No. 3 Tigers and No. 5 Seminoles was billed by some as the biggest game in ACC history. While Clemson celebrated with pre-game pageantry, the Seminoles' senior defensive back quickly silenced the passionate crowd forcing a fumble on the first play from scrimmage. That play, and Joyner's two other turnovers, are broken down in more detail below.
At just 5-foot-8, 190-pounds, Joyner will initially be a tough sell for scouts but it is easy to fall in love with the preseason all-conference pick's instincts and toughness, traits he developed while starring at strong safety for the Seminoles each of the past two years. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 CBSSPORTS.COM DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner...While Florida State's 55-14 win over Clemson in Death Valley has resulted in a lot of Jameis Winston chatter (but more on him below), it was the Seminoles defense that made the biggest statement on Saturday night. Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and the Tigers offense presented the toughest challenge yet for Jeremy Pruitt's unit, and Lamarcus Joyner was just one of several Florida State players that deserve to share this award after not allowing a single play of more than 20 yards. Joyner finished the game with two forced fumbles and an interception to pair with a sack and eight solo tackles. - CBSSports.com
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, Sr., CB, 5-8, 190, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,...Joyner forced three first-half turnovers to propel the fifth-ranked Seminoles past No. 3 Clemson 51-14 on Saturday night. Joyner forced a fumble on the game's opening play and another fumble later in the opening quarter on a sack of Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd that was recovered by Mario Edwards,Jr., for a touchdown. Joyner intercepted Boyd in the second quarter and finished the game second on the team with eight tackles. He was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday. - ACC football
10/20/2013 - WEEK 8 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LAMARCUS JOYNER, FLORIDA STATE, Senior, Cornerback, Fort Lauderdale, FL/St. Thomas Aquinas...Lamarcus Joyner registered eight solo tackles, forced two fumbles, one quarterback sack and one interception as the fifth-ranked Seminoles defeated #3 Clemson, 51-14, in a battle of Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweights. Joyner's play helped the Seminoles improve to 6-0, 4-0 in the ACC.
Joyner is the fourth FSU player since 2004 (and the second in the last three weeks) to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors. Joyner joins current FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, who earned Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 6. Former Seminoles A.J. Nicholson (Sept. 18, 2005) and Everette Brown (Nov. 23, 2008) were previous Defensive Player of the Week honorees. - Walter Camp Football Foundation
09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior CB Lamarcus Joyner, who played safety last season but was switched to cornerback this year, showed against Pitt that he's a natural wherever he plays. The preseason All-ACC selection led the Seminoles with nine tackles against the Panthers, who also surrendered two sacks -- both to Joyner. Joyner seems to be benefitting from new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's attacking style.
A season ago, FSU recorded no sacks from the DB position, and after one game, Joyner already has two. "I think (the two defenses, last year's and this year's, are) just different," Fisher said. "We've been able to find ways to bring pressure. Some weeks it may be with linebackers or defensive ends, sometimes it may be with secondary people." - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2013 - Scouting the Florida State pass defense: Florida State lost only one starter from last year's secondary that was ranked No. 1 in the nation in pass defense, but he was big one -- Xavier Rhodes, who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. And in Jeremy Pruitt's new defense, the returning defensive backs --- seniors Terrance Brooks and Gerald Demps, and juniors Lamarcus Joyner, Tyler Hunter, Karlos Williams and Nick Waisome --- will be joined by a linebacking corps that will also be tasked with covering wideouts. Pruitt will turn those positions into hybrids playing all over the field on any given down. The Seminoles' secondary will be tasked Monday with stopping Pitt's most explosive player, Devin Street (6-4, 190). Last season as a junior, he led the team with 73 catches, 975 yards and five touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
08/09/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: S Lamarcus Joyner raised a few eyebrows when he decided to put professional football on hold and return to Florida State for his senior season. Now, in addition to being what many considered the heart of Florida State's defense, he'll also be perhaps its most experienced player. Joyner's presence as a leader will be key as the Seminoles adapt to defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's new defensive scheme. - The Sports Xchange
08/09/2013 - TOP FLORIDA STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 5. DB Lamarcus Joyner (5-8, 195, 4.52)...Despite his smaller frame, Joyner plays like he's 6-2 and 225 pounds, hitting like a truck in run support. He has bounced between safety and cornerback and is expected to play both spots as a senior, showing NFL scouts his versatility to help out anywhere in the secondary. Joyner is an aggressive striker and only knows how to play full-speed, showing excellent timing to make plays on the ball.
He plays fast with natural acceleration to go from 0 to 60 in a flash, although he can be overaggressive at times, biting on fakes and allowing receivers to gain a step. Joyner has the build of a running back and loves to deliver punishing hits with his violent playing style. He also adds value as a kick returner and looks natural as a ballcarrier. It's tough to project a 5-foot-8 defensive back to the next level, but Joyner routinely makes plays, and he's not a prospect whom I'm ready to bet against. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/25/2013 - 2013 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): CB Lamarcus Joyner, FSU, (32), Sr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,...Seminole leader in the secondary and on the defensive side of the ball...started all 14 games on the season and has now started 27 consecutive games at safety...has played in every game since he arrived at Florida State as a freshman in 2010...had the third-longest interception return of the season when he took a pick back 33 yards versus Boston College. Joyner also received 11 votes at the safety position. Top Four in Voting By Position: Cornerback: 1. Ross Cockrell, DU (48)...2. Lamarcus Joyner, FSU (32)...3. Antone Exum, VT (21)...4. Kyle Fuller, VT (7). - Florida State football
07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: S Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State...After considering an early exit to the NFL where he would have likely been selected like his former teammates, Joyner chose to return for his final season where he will be making a switch from safety to cornerback. In three seasons, Joyner has played in 41 games, racking up 128 tackles and six interceptions. He is also a stellar kick returner, with 1,150 career kick-return yards to his credit. - Florida State football
07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, DB...In three seasons, Joyner has played in 41 games, racking up 128 tackles and six interceptions. He is also a stellar kick returner, with 1,150 career kick-return yards to his credit. - Florida State football
07/17/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State...In three seasons, Joyner has played in 41 games, racking up 128 tackles and six interceptions. He is also a stellar kick returner, with 1,150 career kick-return yards to his credit. - Florida State football
05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State...Seminole leader in the secondary and on the defensive side of the ball...started all 14 games on the season and has now started 27 consecutive games at safety...has played in every game since he arrived at Florida State as a freshman in 2010. - Florida State football