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"Up Close" with Joseph Bailey


Florida Atlantic’s offensive line unit has a lot of questions entering the 2010 season, after losing all five starters from last year and now having to find five new ones. One player who is competing for a starting spot on the rebuilt line, is redshirt-sophomore Joseph Bailey. At 6’5” 268 pounds, Bailey has the size needed to play the tackle position, and hopefully will develop quickly into a force to oppose the blind side attack of quarterback Jeff Van Camp.

Redshirting his freshman season, Bailey has practiced with the team and been a member of the travel squad ever since. Playing his high school football at Gateway High School in Kissimmee, Florida, Bailey was named to All-Conference honors after his junior and senior years.

Not only a performer on the field, Bailey was a member of the 3.0 GPA club while in high school. Bailey often plays video games in his free time, and says he hardly if ever losses in Madden. His favorite team to play with is the Tennessee Titans, currently the home of former FAU quarterback Rusty Smith, and fullback Willie Rose.

Bailey recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Chicken and white rice."

What is your pet peeve?

“I hate gnats. I hate walking anywhere where there is a lot of them.”

Who is your current off the field role model?

“Both of my parents, my mom and my dad. Just from what they came from to where they are at now.”

What are you most proud of?

“Being in the university. I’m the first one in my family to go to college.”

What is your major?

“Hospitality Management. Hopefully I can work in hotels or open up my own restaurant one day.

What is your Faith?


Line of scrimmage

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

“Probably my run blocking.”

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

“I need to work on my pass blocking and footwork.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“They had my major. A lot of places that I was looking at didn’t have the Hospitality Management major, they had my major and that’s
one thing that brought me here.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“To contribute to my team.”

What game are you looking forward to the most next season?

“USF. I got a lot of friends that go out to that school.”

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

“I play a lot of Madden and NCAA and I like to use the Titans. I rarely lose in Madden.”


Coming up, our next player is one of the rare transfers into the FAU football program.


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