Josh Barge is a playmaking Wide Receiver from Jacksonville State. He is our #3 overall Wide Receiver. Josh has shown he’s not scared to mix it up with great competition. His dismantling of Auburn’s secondary really showed that. He has a polished skill set, in terms of creating space. And he catches almost everything tossed his direction. At the next level, he could do alot of damage from the slot.
• 2015 Preseason All-OVC
• 2014 Second Team All-OVC
• 2014 Preseason All-OVC
• 2013 Freshman All-American
• 2013 OVC All-Newcomer Team
2014: Started all 12 games for the Gamecocks as a sophomore and was one of the top wideouts in the Ohio Valley Conference…earned Second Team All-OVC honors after leading JSU with 56 catches for 919 yards and four touchdowns…was second in the OVC and 36th in the nation with 76.6 receiving yards per game, while his 919 yards were also second in the OVC and were 35th nationally…was also JSU’s main punt returner, taking 13 returns 82 yards…his 919 receiving yards were the third-most in a season in school history, while his 56 catches ranked fifth all-time…averaged 16.4 yards per catch and 4.7 catches per game, fifth-best total in JSU history…caught at least two passes in every game, with his best game coming against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 15, when he hauled in eight catches for 153 yards and a touchdown…the 153 yards were the 11th-most receiving yards in a game in school history…had 100 yards on six catches and three touchdowns against West Alabama on Sept. 20, tying Joey Hamilton for the second-most receiving touchdowns in a game in school history…had seven catches twice, at Michigan State on Aug. 29 and vs. Austin Peay on Nov. 1, while hauling in six catches twice…his longest reception of the year was a 59-yard touchdown pass from Eli Jenkins on JSU’s second play from scrimmage against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 15…in the UWA game, hauled in TD receptions of 32, 13 and 14 yards, two from Max Shortell and one from Christian LeMay.
2013: Played in all 15 games for the Gamecocks as a redshirt freshman, starting 14 of them at wide receiver…stormed onto the scene as a freshman, breaking the school’s freshman records for catches (58) and receiving yards (885), both team highs…a Freshman All-American who also earned OVC All-Newcomer Team honors…his 885 receiving yards were the third-most in a season in school history, while his 58 catches tied for third in school history…had four games with more than 100 receiving yards, including a season-high 124 on eight catches at Georgia State on Sept. 21…hauled in his first career touchdown catch on Nov. 9 vs. Eastern Kentucky, a nine-yard pass from Max Shortell…also caught a touchdown pass in the FCS Second Round at McNeese State, a 19-yard toss from Eli Jenkins on JSU’s first offensive play of the game…had a season-long 49-yard catch in the EKU game…caught a season-high nine receptions at Austin Peay on Nov. 2, tying him for third-most receptions in a game in JSU’s Division I history…had at least one reception in 14 of his 15 games…had six catches for 95 yards in the Quarterfinals at No. 3 Eastern Washington on Dec. 14.
2012: Sat out the season as a redshirt.
Q&A with Josh
1) Tell us a little about yourself.(Height, weight, school, position)
6’1, 187, Wide receiver, Jacksonville State University
2) What is your greatest strength or attribute as a player?
My greatest strength would have to be my ball skills and route running!. I have the smallest hands on our football team and I’m not the fastest guy, so I think my ball skills and route running makes up for it!.
3) What made you decide on Jacksonville State to continue your football careEr?
I chose JSU because I was offered to play both football and basketball, but after being and all-American my freshman year I decided to stick with football!
4) Who is the toughest DB you’ve played and why?
The toughest DB I played against I would say #14 from Charleston Southern!. He is fundamentally sound the way he played and he played hard the entire game!.
5) What player at the next level, do you style your game after?
It’s hard to say, because I really don’t compare myself or style my game after anybody in the NFL, but if I had to I would like to say Jerry Rice just because he wasn’t the fastest guy but can get open and run crisp routes!.
6) What sets you apart from other Wide Receivers at this level?
Maybe I can say toughness, because I broke my hand against EKU and still played through it, as well as not missing any games at all! But besides that, I really can’t say what sets me apart because I’m not too familiar with the talent at the WR position. I just know it’s a lot of great players and I’m sure each one of us has a different ability that sets us apart from each other!
7) What is your motivation as a player?
My motivation is my father, who passed away in a motorcycle accident when I was a junior in High School. My mom is also my motivation to make it to the next level, so I can take care of her and my family!
8) What is something that not many people know about you?
Not too many people know, besides the JSU community, that I’m majoring in elementary education. I want to be a kindergarten or first grade teacher!. Also people don’t know that I have the smallest hands on our team!
9) What are your parting words for the fans out there? What should they expect this upcoming season?
My parting words for the fans… They can expect a very hungry but humbled ball player this year!!!