UCLA -- Joe is one of several young cornerbacks who will attempt to earn playing time this season ... Lacks experience, having not appeared in a game the last two years.
2003 -- He did not see action as he continued to develop his skills as a member of the scout team. 2002 -- Did not see action in his first year in the program and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Three-year varsity letterwinner in football for coach John Barnes at Los Alamitos, CA, High School ... Four-star prospect by Max Emfinger ... No. 25 cornerback prospect by Max Emfinger ... Rated No. 27 cornerback in nation and four-star rating by PacWest Football ... Rated No. 6 cornerback in West by PacWest Football.com ... PrepStar All-American and No. 7 defensive back in West ... Rated No. 76 player in Far West (CA/HI/NV) by SuperPrep ... Tom Lemming All-West team (No. 78) ... Second-team All-State (Cal Hi Sports) ... Second-team All-CIF Southern Section ... All-CIF SS Division I first team ... First-team L.A. Times All-Orange County ... Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team ... Despite the fact that opponents didn't throw in his area, he made 68 tackles (39 solos), three interceptions and 13 pass breakups ... Blocked two kicks ... Also averaged 28.6 yards on kick returns ... Totaled 325 yards rushing on offense and scored nine touchdowns ... Helped team earn share of Sunset League title ... Pre-season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 56 player) ... As a junior, he was his league's Defensive Player of the Year ... He made 32 tackles and had two interceptions and five pass deflections ... Also a three-year letterwinner in track for coach Howard.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Joseph Christopher Garcia ... Born: November 19, 1984 in Harbor City, CA ... Parent: Jose Garcia ... Has one brother, Danny ... Lists his team's double overtime win over Loyola in the CIF semifinals of his sophomore season as his biggest thrill in sports ... Hobbies include snowboarding and playing the guitar ... Favorite classes are Math, Marine Biology and Photography ... Undeclared major.