Begins preseason practice as a No. 2 defensive end ... Promising prospect who was sidelined for the 2007 season ... Sustained a knee injury in the `07 Blue/White Spring Game and underwent reconstructive surgery.
2007 (Redshirt Freshman): Missed the season because of a knee injury that occurred during spring practice.
2006 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: All-America choice by SuperPrep and PrepStar magazines ... A finalist for "Mr. Football" honors, he was picked first-team all-state by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal ... On the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" list of the top-22 seniors in the state and was chosen for the "Kentucky Tremendous 26" by the state coaches association ... Senior stats featured 89 tackles and two forced fumbles ... His 27 total tackles for loss included 11 quarterback sacks ... Four-year letterman and three-year starter at defensive end at Southwestern HS in Somerset, Ky. ... Also started for two years on offense at tackle and tight end ... Team went to the state playoffs all four years ... Second-team all-state by the Courier-Journal as a junior when he made 87 tackles, and his 25 total TFL included eight sacks ... Three-year member of the all-county, all-district, and all-region teams ... The nation's No. 12 weakside defensive end and the No. 5 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com ... The No. 3 prospect in the state by SuperPrep ... Played in the Kentucky-Tennessee High School All-Star Game ... Coached by Dale Anderson ... "Josh goes all-out every time the ball is snapped," Anderson said. "I've been doing this 26 years, and I've never seen one, until Josh, who went 100 percent every play. He uses his hands very well for a high school player. He's quick, mobile, and can change direction on a dime." ... Honor roll student ... President of his school's DECA Club and is vice-president of the school bank ... Inducted into the Society of Character ... Selected Kentucky over Virginia Tech.
Personal: Born in Somerset, Ky. ... Son of Dana and Pam Minton ... An uncle, Glen Upchurch, played basketball at Georgia ... Major is community communications and leadership development.
Community Cats: Participated in events at Hayes Middle School (2007) and the UK Children's Hospital Valentine's Day party (2008).