An unselfish player and well-versed student-athlete who will assume a strong leadership role as a senior ... Has perhaps experienced one of the most impressive physical developments in the program over the past three years which has allowed his on-the field development to reach honors candidacy level ... Already rates as one of the top offensive linemen in Conference USA after moving to position just two years ago ... Agreed to utilize a redshirt season in 2005 to increase body weight and muscle mass in the strength and conditioning program - resulting in an addition of 40+ pounds to his tall frame ... Turned in another stellar spring showing which has earned top billing as the unit's starting right tackle in 2007 after handling guard play during the majority of 2006 ... Solid blocking skills as a former tight end has helped acclimation period ... Ranks among the nation's top 60 offensive linemen by Phil Steel Magazine ... A preseason All-Conference selection by both Lindy's National College Football Magazine and by Phil Steele Magazine ... Also rates among C-USA's Top 10 NFL talent according to Lindy's.
2006: Selected to both All-Conference USA squads (second-team by media, third-team by head coaches) ... Started all 13 games on the right side of the offensive line (first 11 at guard, two at tackle vs. N.C. State and USF) ... Recorded a line-best 61.0 knockdowns in a line-best 886 plays from scrimmage ... Posted a career-high, team-high and offensive line-high nine knockdowns in season opener against Navy (9/2) in Annapolis ... An anchor on a line that produced three 100-yard rushers, five 100-yard receivers and 3,024 passing yards - ECU's highest total in 14 years (since 1992) and third-best all-time ... Recipient of unit's "Crunch Award" for biggest hit ... vs. Navy (9/2): Recorded first career start on the offensive line (right guard) and fourth of his career (three at tight end in 2003) ... Topped team with nine knockdowns in 63 plays ... vs. UAB (9/9): Took all 65 snaps at the right guard spot, recording five knockdowns ... vs. Memphis (9/16): Credited with creating seams for running back Chris Johnson to pick up his fourth career 100-yard rushing game and first of the season ... Recorded five knockdown blocks in 66 snaps ... vs. WVU (9/23): Recorded two knockdowns in 72 plays from scrimmage ... vs. UVA (10/7): Made eighth career start, fifth at right guard ... Led all linemen with four knockdowns in 78 snaps ... Assisted in impressive offensive display that produced 432 total yards as well as a 100- yard rusher (Fractious/102) and 100-yard receiver (Good/102) ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): Experienced action in all 54 plays and logged a team-best five knockdowns ... vs. SMU (10/21): Protected quarterback James Pinkney, who threw for a career-best 391 yards, and booked a pair of knockdowns ... vs. USM (10/28): Played key role in leading a late fourth quarter drive that culminated in Pinkney's two-yard TD run to send the game into overtime ... Posted a team-best six knockdowns while playing all 75 offensive snaps at right guard ... vs. UCF (11/4): Recorded four knockdowns in 79 plays from scrimmage ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Provided pass protection for an ECU passing attack that amassed 310 yards ... Collected five knockdowns in 68 plays from scrimmage ... vs. Rice (11/18): Opened contest at right guard but moved to the tackle position when Eric Graham went down with a knee injury in the first quarter ... Recorded a team-high six knockdowns in 53 plays from scrimmage ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Logged three knockdowns in 67 plays from scrimmage in first start at right tackle ... vs. USF (12/23): Credited with five knockdown blocks in Papajohns.com Bowl action, opening his second consecutive game at the tackle slot.
2005: Redshirted ... In addition to strength development, spent full season sharpening familiarity with new offensive system ... Officially made move from tight end position to offensive line during spring workouts ... Actually opened campaign on the two-deep as the reserve right tackle behind starter Chris Sellers but coaches were able to keep him on the sidelines for the entire season.
2004: Struggled through disappointing season as a reserve tight end, experiencing limited playing time with brief stints in 10 games after productive freshman season a year earlier ... Did not record any statistics (receptions, etc...) ... Did not play against Memphis ... Lost early starting standing after the arrival of a pair of junior college transfers and the move of Guy Whimper to the offensive side of the ball during mid-season.
2003: Earned selection to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... Played in only eight games but made four starts, including contests against Big East Conference foes West Virginia and Miami (Fla.) ... Sustained an injury prior to the Houston game which kept him out of the lineup for the next four games ... Caught four passes for 48 yards ... Longest reception of the season was a 23-yarder in collegiate debut at Cincinnati ... Also had a 17-yard grab against West Virginia at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
High School: An all-county selection and designated starter in the Sarasota-Manatee County All-Star Game ... Ranked as the No. 67 tight end prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com ... Caught 19 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... Also experienced limited action as a linebacker ... Clocked at 4.7 in the 40 during prep time trials ... Picked up additional letters in basketball, track and weightlifting ... Regional qualifier and school-record holder in the discus toss ... Honor roll student in the classroom ... Coached by Bob Bowling.
Personal: Full name is Joshua Tyler Coffman ... Born May 25, 1985 at Bradenton, Fla. ... Major is business ... Named to the 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 ECU Athletic Director's and Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.