BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — Baton Rouge police are investigating the death of West St. John High School quarterbacks coach Juan Joseph, the 2008 Conerly Trophy winner at Millsaps.
Investigators say the 27-year-old was shot during an argument early Sunday outside a nightclub near College Drive and Interstate 10. Cpl. L’Jean McKneely says Joseph and two other men were walking toward a car and argued with two men in another vehicle.
He tells NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune that he doesn’t believe the two groups knew each other. But he says investigators think the shooting was not random, but grew out of the argument.
After starring for the Rams, Joseph played at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. After his senior season at Millsaps in 2008, he won the Conerly Trophy, given to the top college football player in the state. He is the only player from a Division III school to win the Conerly Trophy.
Joseph finished his career at Millsaps with 9,295 passing yards and 87 touchdown passes. He was named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year three years in a row.
Joseph later tried to catch on in the CFL, spending time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimoes before going into coaching.