Explosive athlete who is considered one of the top safeties in the country. One of the top defensive candidates for the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy given to the nation's top defensive player and the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation's top defensive back. Displays tremendous range because of his great speed which allows him to cover a lot of ground in the secondary. Expected to see more time playing corner in 2013. Also is one of the team's top kick returners and top kick returners in FSU history.
First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches and media, and a first team Walter Camp All-American.
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...interception versus BC was his sixth of his FSU career...recorded multiple tackles in 12 of 14 games... added his second TFL in the Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois...led FSU in kick returns, kick return yardage and had the longest kick-off return of the season.
Returned five kick-offs for 185 yards including a 90 yarder versus Clemson in a top-10 win for the Seminoles...named ACC Specialist of the Week following his performance against Clemson... in the seven games in which he returned a kick, he had a return of 30 or more yards in three of those contests. ...helped Florida State's defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), rank second nationally in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six nationally in scoring defense (14.71 ppg), rushing defense (92.29 ypg), pass defense (161.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (95.43) and opponent three-and-outs (6.29 per game).
First-year starter at safety who returned to his natural position during spring practice and went on to start all 13 games...earned All-ACC second team honors after ranking fourth on the team with 54 tackles adding two tackles for loss, one sack and three pass break-ups...closed his sophomore season with a memorable performance in the Champs Sports Bowl win over Notre Dame tallying seven tackles and snagging his team-high fourth interception.
Also added a career-long 77-yard kickoff return against Notre Dame, which was also the third-longest in FSU bowl and Champs Sports Bowl history...added a career-best eight stops versus Oklahoma and had his second interception of the season...made his first career TFL at Duke...his first career sack came at Boston College...snagged his third interception of the season and made four stops versus Miami...tied for fourth in the ACC in interceptions (4)...also led the team in kickoff returns (13) and kickoff return yards (397) while averaging 30.5 yards per return, which would have led the ACC had he averaged 1.2 returns a game.
Had six returns of 30 or more yards including a 37-yard return against Charleston Southern and two 30-yard returns in the last two regular season games against Virginia (32 yards) and Florida (34 yards)...named the most improved player on defense and a winner of the Bob Crenshaw Award at the team's annual banquet... recognized for his work in the classroom with one of eight sophomore academic awards and at the annual team banquet.
True freshman cornerback who played in all 14 games and finished with 23 tackles, two pass break-ups and one interception...made an impact on kickoff returns and added five returns for 74 yards at Oklahoma and four returns for 112 yards in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech...named fourth team All-Freshman Defense by Phil Steele.
One of the nation's top prospects overall out of powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas...became the fourth USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year to sign with Florida State, joining Derrick Brooks, David Warren and Antonio Cromartie...earned a five-star rating from both Rivals and Scout.com...Rivals ranked him No. 1 prospect in Florida and No. 1 cornerback nationally (No. 14 player overall)...Scout ranked him as the No. 2 cornerback prospect in the country...No. 1 cornerback nationally according to ESPN and No. 6 prospect overall.
MaxPreps ranked Joyner No. 15 overall...helped his team to a 13-1 record with the lone blemish coming to Bradenton Manatee in 5A state semifinal...selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game...rolled up 1,090 all-purpose yards on just 79 touches as a senior...accounted for 11 touchdowns, highlighted by three kickoff returns for scores, where he averaged 39.6 yards per return...had four rushing and four receiving touchdowns...had only 14 tackles (12 solo) from his cornerback position as opponents stayed away from his side of the field...played three seasons at Miami Southwest, piling up 112 tackles, four sacks and an interception as a junior...also scored five touchdowns on special teams (four kickoffs, one punt return).
Offensively had 17 receptions for 482 yards and seven TDs...had more than 100 tackles as a sophomore linebacker and accounted for more than 1,000 yards on offense...SuperPrep ranked Joyner No. 10 in its Florida 115...No. 15 player nationally on Sporting News' Top 100...member of Times-Union's Florida Super 75 where he was rated No. 1 cornerback...No. 2 overall prospect in Bill Buchalter's Florida Top 100 where he ranked as No. 2 "athlete"... selected the Seminoles over Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, Notre Dame and USC.
Born November 27, 1990.
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