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#8 Joe Mays
Position: Linebacker
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 243
Year: Senior
City/State: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Hyde Park HS
Experience: 3 Letters
Joe Mays
Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: 12/28/2007

* 2007 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team

* 2007 Associated Press FCS All-America third team

* 2007 Great West Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year

* 2007 All-Great West Football Conference first team

* No.5 on The Sports Network ’s 2007 Linebacker chart

* 2007 Phil Steele ’s College Preview GWFC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

* 2007 Phil Steele ’s Preseason All-GWFC first team

* 2006 Football Gazette All-Northwest Region third team

* 2006 All-Great West Football Conference first team

* 2006 Football Gazette I-AA Preseason All-America third team

* 2005 Football Gazette All-Region second team

* 2005 All-GWFC first team (media), second team (coaches)

* Three-time GWFC Defensive Player of the Week

 

Selected to play in the Texas Vs. Nation All-Star Challenge on Feb. 2, 2008, in El Paso, Texas ... Invaluable member of balanced NDSU defense and special teams during his four-year career ... Played in 43 games in career including 30 starts over last three seasons ... Program's all-time leader in solo tackles with 159 ... Finished career on high note, landing a spot on the 2007 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly I-AA) All-America team and the Associated Press FCS All-America third team ... Named the 2007 Great West Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Ranked No. 5 on 2007 The Sports Networks linebacker charts ... Preseason Great West Defensive Player of the Year by Phil Steele’s College Preview ... Tremendous hitter who turned heads with his "de-cleating" tackles ... Has excellent speed and quickness for his size ... Defensive leader in the middle of the field ... Tremendous football instincts ... Always around the action ... Integral part of outstanding Bison linebacking corps ... 2007 SEASON (SENIOR): Started in all 10 games played ... Sat out Southern Utah game with injury ... Led the Bison in tackles for the third straight season ... Charted 90 tackles including 45 solo stops, 9 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks ... Named to the 2007 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly I-AA) All-America team and the Associated Press FCS All-America third team ... Finished eighth in voting for the Sports Network's Buck Buchanan Award ... Named the Great West Defensive Player of the Year by vote of the league's coaches ... Earned All-GWFC first team honors for the Western Illinois performance  ... Named the 2007 Great West Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Had five games with double-figure tackles including the last three outings in a row ... Recorded a career-high nine assisted tackles and 11 overall in win at Central Michigan (9-22-07) ... Had a season-high 12 tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in the victory at Western Illinois (9-29-07), which earned him Great West Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career ... Recorded a career-high two pass breakups at nationally-ranked Cal Poly (11-10-07) and vs. Stephen F. Austin (9-8-07) ... 2006 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started in 10 of 11 games ... The Bison defense held nine of 11 opponents to 100 yards or less rushing during the season ... Nationally, NDSU was fourth in rushing defense (67.2 ypg), eighth in scoring defense (13.4 ppg), ninth in total defense (253.64 ypg) ... Tied for the team lead with 67 tackles for second straight season ... Led Bison with 38 solo tackles including five tackles for loss resulting in a minus 25 yards, a pair of sacks and one forced fumble ... Named to the Football Gazette FCS All-Northwest Region third team ... Earned All-Great West Football Conference first team honors ... Selected GWFC Defensive Player of the Week (11-12-06) after coming up with eight tackles including five solos tops in the 51-14 win over nationally-ranked Cal Poly ... Recorded 11 tackles including season best six assists in slugfest with Northeastern University (9-16-06) -- his fourth career double-digit effort ... Recorded seven tackles including a season-high six solos in the 10-9 loss to Minnesota (10-21-06) ....  2005 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Started in all 11 games for and sparked a defense that led the league in scoring defense, total defense, pass defense and turnover margin ... Nationally, the Bison would have been No. 2 in scoring defense, and No. 7 in total defense, pass defense and turnover margin ... Named to the Football Gazette All-Northwest Region second team ... Selected to the All-GWFC first team by the media and second team by the coaches ... Led the Bison with 83 total tackles including 48 solo tackles ... Had a team-high four sacks and tied for the team-high in both interceptions (3) and tackles for loss (10.5) ... In the final GWFC statistics, Mays could be found in the top 10 in five different categories ... Would have ranked among NCAA I-AA leaders in solo tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions ... Named GWFC Co-Defensive Player of the Week (9-12-05) after recording six tackles and a career-high two interceptions in the 35-7 win at then No. 9-ranked Northwestern State (9-10-05) ... Had three games with double-figure tackles including a career best 14 stops in the win over NCAA I-AA playoff bound Nicholls State (10-1-05) ... Recorded a career-high nine solo tackles and 13 overall against UC Davis (10-22-05), including a career-high three tackles for loss and one sack ... Had 11 tackles including seven solos in win over Weber State (9-17-05) ... 2004 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Played in all 11 games at linebacker and on special teams ... Finished with 45 tackles including 28 solo stops ... Had five tackles for loss that resulted in a minus 25 yards ... Credited with three quarterback sacks, a quarterback hurry and one pass breakup ... Recorded a season-high nine tackles including six solos against Montana Tech (9-11-04) ... Claimed first collegiate quarterback sack in road win at Nicholls State (10-2-04), part of a four tackle effort ... Came up with six tackles and a quarterback hurry in win over nationally-ranked Northwestern State (10-30-04) ... 2003 SEASON (REDSHIRT):  Sat out 2003 season as a redshirt ... HIGH SCHOOL:  Prepped at Hyde Park High School where he was a two-time first team all-conference performer and a first team all-city selection for coach Wesley Yates ... Recorded 115 tackles his senior season including 16 sacks and had two interceptions ... Totaled 110 tackles his junior campaign ... PERSONAL:  Born July 6, 1985 ... Major field of study is physical education ... Enjoys his free time with wife, LaToyia, and daughter, Joi (pronounced Joy), playing video games and hanging out with friends ... Family includes two brothers and three sisters ... Son of Renice Mays and Charles Williams, both of Chicago.

 

Mays’ Career Bests

Solo Tackles: 9 vs. UC Davis, 10-22-05

Assisted Tackles: 9 at Central Michigan, 9-22-07

Total Tackles: 14 vs. Nicholls State, 10-1-05

Tackles For Loss: 3 vs. UC Davis, 10-22-05

Sacks: 2 vs. Concordia-St. Paul, 8-31-06; Weber State, 9-17-05

Interceptions: 2 at Northwestern State, 9-10-05

Pass Breakups: 2 at Cal Poly, 11-10-07; vs. Stephen F. Austin, 9-8-07

QB Hurries: 2 vs. three teams

Games W/ Double-Figure Tackles: 9

 

 

DEFENSIVE POINT CHART

Season        G          UT        AT       TT      FF        FR     P,BU-D    INT       Blkd     Pts.   Sacks    Penetr’s

2004            11        28        17        45        0          0          1          0          0          66        3             5

2005            11        48        35        83        2          0          1          3          0          513      4          10.5    

2006            11        38        29        67        1          0          3          0          0          393      2             5          

2007            10        45        45        90        1          0          6          0          0          497     2.5           9             

Career   43   159    126   285    4       0     11      3      0     1469 11.5   29.5

 

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