|Position:||Defensive Graduate Assistant|
A two-year letterman for the Arkansas State football team from 2010-11 who was named the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Brandon Joiner begins his first season with the Red Wolves as a defensive graduate assistant coach.
Joiner signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals following his senior season at A-State. He missed the 2013 NFL season with an ACL injury.
Joiner concluded his collegiate playing career with one of the best seasons ever by a defensive player in A-State history, earning 2011 First Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors while helping lead the Red Wolves to an undefeated Sun Belt Conference championship and appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl. His senior campaign saw him record 48 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 13 sacks, which still stand as the second most in school history for a single season.
Joiner transferred to A-State from Navarro (Texas) College after earning NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention recognition. He helped the team rank third in the final 2009 national poll, and he was also a 2008 SWJCFC All-Conference choice.
Joiner originally signed with Texas A&M after concluding a stellar high school career at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas. He was a Class 5A all-state selection.
Joiner earned his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University.