Open main menu

Joel Heath (born June 18, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was a three-year starter at Mount Healthy High School in Mount Healthy, Ohio and earned First Team All-State honors twice. He was also named the Associated Press All-Ohio Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year his senior season in 2010. Heath played college football at Michigan State, where he was a three-year letterman. He was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten his senior year in 2015. He played in 39 games, starting 24 of them, during his college career, recording 60 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. After going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, Heath signed with the Texans. He started six games for the team in 2016.

Joel Heath
No. 93 – Houston Texans
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1993-06-18) June 18, 1993 (age 25)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Mount Healthy (OH)
College:Michigan State
Undrafted:2016
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:34
Sacks:3.0
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Contents

Early yearsEdit

Heath was a three-year starter at Mount Healthy High School in Mount Healthy (in the Cincinnati, OH metro area, to the north), where he played defensive end and tight end.[1][2] He recorded 41 tackles and 6.5 sacks during his junior year in 2009.[1] He committed to Michigan State on July 1, 2010.[3][4][5] He totaled five sacks throughout his senior season in 2010 and helped Mount Healthy win its first playoff game in school history.[1][6]

He earned Associated Press (AP) First Team All-Ohio (Division II) honors twice and First Team AP Southwest All-District accolades twice. He was named the AP All-Ohio Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year, AP Southwest All-District Defensive Player of the Year and Fort Ancient Valley Conference Co-Athlete of the Year for his senior season in 2010. He also earned First Team All-Conference honors twice. He was named to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s All-Area (Division II-VI) Team for his junior season.[1]

He was part of the Ohio All-Stars team that took part in the June 2011 Big 33 Classic in Hershey, Pennsylvania.[1][7] He was rated the country's 26th best defensive end in the class of 2011 by Scout.com and Ohio's 49th best senior in the class of 2011 by Rivals.com.[8][4][1] He was also named to the All-Midwest Team of both SuperPrep and PrepStar.[1]

College careerEdit

Heath played for the Michigan State Spartans of Michigan State University from 2012 to 2015 and was a three-year letterman from 2013 to 2015. He was redshirted in 2011.[1]

He began his Michigan State career as a defensive end, playing in five games in 2012 and a further nine in 2013, recording three quarterback hurries and a pass breakup the latter year.[1][9] He converted to defensive tackle during bowl practices in 2013.[1][10][11] He played in 13 games, of which he started all but one, as a defensive tackle in 2014, accumulating 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks while also leading the team's defensive tackles with five tackles for loss. He recorded three tackles, half a sack and a half a tackle for loss in his team's defeat in the January 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic. He started 12 games at defensive tackle in 2015, totaling two sacks and 31 tackles, including 5.5 for tackles for loss.[1] He missed one game due to an undisclosed injury and another game due to an ankle injury.[12][13] He had three tackles in the December 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl.[1] He was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the media in 2015.[1][14][15]

Heath played in 39 games, and started 24 of them, during his college career. He recorded career totals of 4.5 sacks, two pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and 60 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss. He graduated from Michigan State in December 2015 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Heath was rated the 30th best defensive tackle in the 2016 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[16] Lance Zierlein of NFL.com said that "Heath has intriguing size that could appeal to defenses running multiple fronts" while also stating that "Heath's lack of pass rush or dominant run stopping tape could hurt his cause on draft weekend."[17]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
293 lb
(133 kg)
34 12 in
(0.88 m)
10 12 in
(0.27 m)
5.02 s 1.75 s 2.90 s 4.52 s 7.44 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
26 reps
All values from NFL Combine[16][17]

Heath signed with the Houston Texans in May 2016 after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft.[18][19] He chose the Texans over four other teams that he had received contract offers from.[20] He made his NFL debut on September 22 against the New England Patriots, recording one tackle assist.[21][22] He played in twelve games, of which he started in half of them, and recorded five solo tackles, three tackle assists and 2.0 sacks.[23] Both of his sacks came in the Week 17 game against the Tennessee Titans, making him the sixth rookie in Texans history and the first since Whitney Mercilus in 2012 to record two sacks in a game.[24] He also played in both of the team's playoff games, recording two solo tackles in the first game.[25] He suffered a knee injury during the team's second playoff game.[26]

In May 2017, Heath stated his knee was 100 percent healthy.[26] He suffered a hamstring injury later during the offseason.[27] On July 25, he was placed on the active/non-football injury list.[28] On August 23, he was activated from the active/non-football injury list.[29] He began the 2017 season as the team's starter at right defensive end and has started the team's first four games of the season.[30][31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Joel Heath" (PDF). msuspartans.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Griffith, Mike (April 10, 2014). "Joel Heath, 30 pounds heavier at new position, ready to 'get after it' as Michigan State defensive tackle". mlive.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Berk, Dave (July 1, 2010). "Heath Happy To Be A Spartan". scout.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b "Joel Heath". n.rivals.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Rossman, Pete (July 1, 2010). "Joel Heath is Spartan Football Recruit #7". theonlycolors.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Berk, Dave (November 19, 2010). "Joel Heath Excited About Future". scout.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ Berk, Dave (June 10, 2011). "Heath Ready to Represent Spartans". scout.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Joel Heath". scout.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "JOEL HEATH". cbssports.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ Griffith, Mike (December 20, 2015). "'Old man' Joel Heath says Michigan State not satisfied entering Alabama game". mlive.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ Holmes, David. "Joel Heath, DT, MSU: 2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report". nflmocks.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  12. ^ Griffith, Mike (November 17, 2015). "DT Joel Heath returns to lineup, Michigan State front 7 healthy for Ohio State". mlive.com. Archived from the original on November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  13. ^ Charboneau, Matt (September 26, 2015). "Conklin is latest addition to MSU injury list". detroitnews.com. Archived from the original on November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  14. ^ Yarina, Brent. "View 2015 All-Big Ten Defensive Team & individual award winners". btn.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  15. ^ "Shilique Calhoun Named First-Team All-Big Ten for Third Consecutive Year". msuspartans.com. November 30, 2015. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  16. ^ a b "Joel Heath". nfldraftscout.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  17. ^ a b "JOEL HEATH". nfl.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "JOEL HEATH". foxsports.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  19. ^ "Joel Heath". houstontexans.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  20. ^ Wilson, Aaron (August 23, 2016). "Rookie lineman Joel Heath chose Texans on advice of Max Bullough". chron.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  21. ^ "Joel Heath". nfl.com. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  22. ^ Wilson, Aaron (September 26, 2016). "Texans rookie Joel Heath encouraged by 'surreal' NFL debut". chron.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  23. ^ "Joel Heath". nfl.com. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  24. ^ Wilson, Aaron (January 1, 2017). "Texans rookie defensive end Joel Heath has breakthrough game". chron.com. Archived from the original on January 15, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  25. ^ "Joel Heath". nfl.com. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  26. ^ a b Dyer, Mike (May 19, 2017). "Houston Texans defensive end Joel Heath returns home to visit Mount Healthy". wcpo.com. Archived from the original on October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  27. ^ Latham-Coyle. Harry (August 23, 2017). "Joel Heath's return to active roster among three Texans roster moves". texanswire.usatoday.com. Archived from the original on October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  28. ^ "Tuesday's Transactions". Associated Press. wtop.com. July 25, 2017. Archived from the original on October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  29. ^ "Houston Texans Activate Joel Heath, Release WR Street". houston.cbslocal.com. August 23, 2017. Archived from the original on October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  30. ^ Wilson, Aaron (September 6, 2017). "Texans defensive end Joel Heath now a starter". chron.com. Archived from the original on October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  31. ^ "Joel Heath". nfl.com. Retrieved October 5, 2017.

External linksEdit