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By Denis Lafontaine
              FOOTBALL ALUMNI IN THE NEWS              
May 7, 2013

Jesse Joseph.
Jesse Joseph

Jesse Joseph was a dominant fixture for our Football Cheetahs while here at Vanier. At the 2008-2009 Athletic Awards, he won our award for top Defensive Lineman of that year. He was later picked up by the University of Connecticut Huskies where he played along with another Vanier alum, Moe Petrus. He must have made one heck of a good impression at that 2009 training camp, for he went on to have the unique honour of being the first true freshman to start EVERY game for the team since 2004!

In that rookie season, Jesse had 38 tackles including a career-high seven tackles against both North Carolina and USF. He also had five tackles vs. Rutgers and vs. South Carolina, where he also forced a fumble. He went from amassing 16 solo, 20 assisted tackles (and 2 sacks) in 2009 to racking up 25 solo, 14 assisted tackles and a whopping 9 sacks in 2010. In a game VS North Carolina State on September 8th, 2012, Jesse had 8 tackles (4 solo) and had 1 sack. See his complete 2012 stats.

As of December 2012, Jesse was ranked 8th on the Top-Fifteen CFL Draft list, so we weren't surprised to find out he had been drafted by our very own Alouettes in May 2013. His aspirations of making it in the NFL were described in this article in the Courrier Laval from January 2013.

He was also previously the subject of an article about his experiences with the Huskies at the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. You can read the whole story (in French) from the Courrier Laval. As well, in August 2010, he was the subject of an article in ESPN's Big East Blog which descibes the leadership role he has taken in the team's defensive corps.

Way to go, Jesse! The Vanier Cheetahs are justifiably proud of your numerous accomplishments.


Jesse adds another sack to his list of impressive stats

Jesse helps bring down yet another quarterback

Jesse Joseph at 2011 Fiesta Bowl
At the Fiesta Bowl held on January 2, 2011, Jesse makes a beeline for the Sooners QB.
He described the experience of playing in front of 70,000 people as "amazing".

Jesse Joseph tackes running back in December 2010.
At a game held on December 4, 2010, Jesse wraps up the opposing team's running back.



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