Joseph Foucha brings important versatility to Arkansas secondary

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas’ coaching staff is certain Joseph Foucha is a special talent needed to bolster the Hogs defense.

That’s why the Razorbacks were thrilled to sign him last Wednesday, winning out over Ole Miss. Foucha also received offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M and many other Power 5 programs.

What isn’t certain is exactly what position Foucha will play. From McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans, he was recruited primarily as a safety. That is just one of the many spots in the defensive backfield he could play for the Razorbacks.

“He’s very, very versatile,” defensive backs coach Ron Cooper said. “We’ll look at Joe a little bit at corner, a little bit at nickel and a little bit at safety and just see where he can fit in the best the quickest.”

The versatility Foucha (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) brings is becoming more important as offenses further shift toward spread schemes. As a result, Arkansas is expecting to primarily use five defensive backs against most opponents next season.

“With all the spread, you play with five defensive backs a lot,” Cooper said. “So, the nickel position and both safety positions have to be versatile enough to play a little bit of man, a little bit of zone, a little bit of man by yourself. They’ve got to be good blitzers, too, and good tacklers.”

Foucha had 68 tackles, 5 interceptions and 15 pass breakups as a senior at McDonogh 35. His versatility goes beyond defense, though. He had 5 kickoff return touchdowns as a junior, a season in which he also had 59 tackles and 6 interceptions.

Outside of his physical abilities, there’s also something impressive in the way Foucha carries himself. He has plenty of confidence and bravado, which was another aspect the Razorbacks liked.

“When we got him on campus, you couldn’t help but say, ‘This guy has something to him,’” said coach Chad Morris.

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