Returning starter at strong safety ... bruising tackler with a nose for the ball, especially around the line of scrimmage ... great run stuffer ... led the secondary with three tackles for loss last season.
2006 - All-Big 12 Conference ... ranked 18th in the Big 12 in tackles and fourth among defensive backs ... second on the team with 87 tackles, after leading much of the season ... capped season with nine tackles in the bowl win over Minnesota ... three tackles in the regular-season finale against Oklahoma State ... tied Antonio Huffman for the team lead with 10 total tackles against Oklahoma ... also forced his second fumble ... recovered the first fumble of his career in the fourth quarter ... finished with two tackles and his first-career interception with 0:09 remaining in the first half against Baylor ... led the defense with nine tackles and a forced fumble against Texas ... also recorded a team-best six solo stops ... tied for the team lead with eight tackles (four solo) against Missouri ... set a career-high with 13 total tackles in Tech's 31-27 victory over the Aggies in College Station ... matched career-high with eight solo stops and added his third tackle for loss of the season ... led the defense with 11 tackles (career-high eight solo) and picked up the first two tackles for loss of his career (five negative yards) at TCU ... integral part of the secondary that held TCU to just 101 passing yards ... tied fellow safety Darcel McBath for second on the defense with eight total tackles (three solo) in Tech's 38-35 overtime victory at UTEP ... started his first career game opposite McBath at strong safety...tallied four total tackles against the Mustangs.
2005 - Played in 11 games on the season ... finished with 16 tackles ... one of the team's best special teams' cover players ... opened the season with a career-high seven tackles against Florida International ... had two tackles each against Sam Houston State, Kansas and Oklahoma State ... made one stop against Nebraska, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.
2004 - First-Team Academic All-Big 12 ... posted 10 tackles in his inaugural season in the lineup ... solid special teams player where he accumulated much of his tackles ... three stops in the bowl win over Cal, including two solo ... had a tackle each against Texas A&M and Kansas State ... best game of young career came against Nebraska ... solid performance with five tackles, including three solo, against the Huskers.
2003 - Redshirt season.
High School - Clovis High School in Clovis, New Mexico ... Gatorade New Mexico Football Player of the Year senior season ... Albuquerque Journal State Prep Athlete of the Year in all sports as a junior ... helped lead Clovis High School to a 13-0 record and Class 5A State Championship junior season ... grabbed six interceptions as a senior ... finished second in the 2002 state track meet in the 300M hurdles and third in the 100M hurdles and won both events as a senior ... chose Texas Tech over New Mexico and New Mexico State ... High School Coach: Eric Roanhaus.
Personal - Joe Michael Garcia ... born September 30, 1984, in Portales, N.M. ... son of Rosa Garcia ... has one younger sister, Janee Lewis ... enjoys fishing and working ... majoring in computer science.