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Dakereon Joyner bio from GamecocksOnline.com:
Versatile performer who is in his fifth year in the program and third year working primarily at the wide receiver position… has spent time at quarterback and has also been used as the deep returner on kickoffs… playmaker who is talented with the ball in his hands… extremely smart and a hard worker… coming off an MVP performance in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl as a quarterback… has appeared in 32 games over the past four years.
2021 (Redshirt Junior)
Played in all 13 games, making seven starts… played in all 12 games of the regular season at wide receiver, making six starts, then started at quarterback in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl win over North Carolina… ranked third on the team with 24 catches for 221 yards and a touchdown… rushed 18 times for 77 yards and returned a pair of kickoffs for 48 yards… caught five passes in the win at East Carolina, including a touchdown grab on a 13-yard reception that tied the game late in the third quarter… hauled in four passes for a season-high 40 yards at Tennessee… also notched four receptions at Georgia… named the MVP of the Duke’s Mayo Bowl after completing all nine of his pass attempts for 160 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown strike on the first series of the game, and ran 10 times for 64 yards… named to the A.P. All-Bowl Team… served as a team captain in four games: East Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Auburn… named the 2021 Joe Morrison Co-Offensive Player of the Spring, the 2021 Jim Carlen Special Teams Player of the Spring and the 2021 Harold White GPA Award winner for the offense at the Garnet & Black Spring Game.
2020 (Redshirt Sophomore)
Played in all 10 games making three starts… caught seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown… also rushed twice for 61 yards and a score… returned seven kicks for 165 yards, a 23.6-yard average… made his first career start at wide receiver in the season-opener versus Tennessee… took a reverse 47 yards to paydirt in the win at Vanderbilt… had one carry for 14 yards and caught his first pass against Auburn… led the team with a career-high four catches for 43 yards at Kentucky, including a career-long 30-yard TD reception… also totaled 75 yards on two kick returns, including a career-long 52-yarder, against the Wildcats.
2019 (Redshirt Freshman)
Redshirt freshman who began the season as the No. 3 quarterback, moved to wide receiver, returned to quarterback on a full-time basis following a season-ending injury to Jake Bentley, then split time between quarterback and wide receiver… limited to eight games in part due to injury… was 16-of-28 passing for 168 yards, rushed 29 times for 107 yards and a TD, and had six receptions for 46 yards… saw his first extended action at quarterback at Missouri, completing 6-of-11 passes for 89 yards… was not available for the Kentucky game with a hamstring injury… despite being less than 100 percent, was forced into the Georgia game after Ryan Hilinski was injured and went 6-for-12 for 39 yards and rushed six times for 28 yards in the upset win… sat out the next two games while allowing the hamstring to heal, before returning against Vanderbilt… played quarterback and wide receiver against both App State and Texas A&M… earned the coaches’ Strength & Conditioning Award and the Unselfish Teammate Award for Offense from his peers following the season.
True freshman quarterback who primarily worked with the scout team while taking a redshirt… saw action against Chattanooga… completed 1-of-2 passes for 1 yard and rushed three times for 24 yards.
Highly-decorated prospect from Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, S.C… graduated in December 2017… named the state’s “Mr. Football” after his 2017 season, a year that saw him lead the Patriots to a 13-1 record and a berth in the Class 5A Lower State Championship game… earned second-team All-USA South Carolina football team accolades as selected by USA TODAY as a senior… finished just shy of 10,000 yards passing for his career… accounted for over 3,400 yards of offense and 52 total touchdowns as a senior… had a career record of 40-3 as a starter for Fort Dorchester… selected to the Offense Defense All-American Bowl and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas… participated in the Elite 11 Finals camp… named the 2016 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year… as a junior, he passed for 3,642 yards with 44 touchdowns and rushed for 1,089 yards and 12 scores… Fort Dorchester won its first-ever state championship during his sophomore season in 2015… that season, he threw for 3,202 yards with 33 touchdowns, to go along with 1,058 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns… in eight games as a freshman, he passed for 532 yards and rushed for 231 yards… coached by Steve Laprad… ranked as the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback and the 202nd overall prospect in the country according to 247’s national composite rankings… Rivals ranked him as the third-best player in the state, the 10th-best dual-threat quarterback in the country and No. 199 overall… rated No. 183 on the ESPN300 list and No. 176 on the PrepStar 300 list.
Dakereon A. Joyner was born May 24, 2000… is a sport and entertainment management major who is scheduled to graduate in December… served an internship in the spring of 2020 with the Charleston County government office and with the Charleston County Parks and Recreation office.