2010: Played in 10 games, starting six ... made 22 tackles ... two tackles at Liberty (11/20) ... four tackles vs. Gardner-Webb (11/13) ... one tackle at Presbyterian (11/6) ... made three tackles vs. Charleston Southern (10/30) ... did not play at Coastal Carolina (10/23) ... two tackles at Lafayette (10/16) ... three tackles and half a sack vs. VMI (10/9) ... two tackles vs. UMass (9/25) ... had two QB hurries at Brown (9/18) ... started against Bears, American International (9/11) and at South Florida (9/4) ... made four tackles including a tackle for loss vs. Yellow Jackets.
2009: Played in all 11 games along the defensive front ... part of the regular rotation along the line ... finished with 24 tackles ... among the team leaders with five tackles for a loss ... at least one stop in all games but one ... three tackles in the season opener at Hofstra (9/5) ,,, season-high four stops in back-to-back games at VMI (10/17) and vs. Coastal Carolina (10/24) ... three of his stops against the Chanticleers were behind the line of scrimmage including an 11-yard sack ... broke up a pass attempt at Gardner-Webb (10/31) ... matched his season best with four tackles at Charleston Southern (11/14) ... returned a fumble 56 yards against the Buccaneers that set up a fourth-quarter field goal.
Prior to Stony Brook: Attended Trinity Valley Community College for two years ... lettered in football both years there ... all-conference selection as a defensive end ... 21 tackles and an interception as a sophomore.
High School: A 2007 graduate of Crossroads High School in Malakoff, Texas ... lettered all four years in football for the Bobcats ... twice a first team all-league selection as a running back and linebacker ... two-time team captain ... also lettered in basketball and baseball ... all-state pick in baseball ... class salutatorian.
Personal: Born Joseph Kirkpatrick on October 27, 1988 in Dallas, Texas ... son of Neal Kirkpatrick and Jeane Oakman ... older brother plays football at SMU ... majoring in history.