Primarily a special teams contributor in the past, he now looks to earn more playing time at strong safety following the departure of senior Calvin Harrison ... Has added approximately 20 pounds over the past two years ... Has played in 25 games as a Wildcat ... Also competed in the high jump for the UK track and field team ... Finished eighth at the 2008 SEC Indoor Championships with a leap of 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches.
2008 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in 12 games as a backup strong safety and on special teams ... Notched three tackles during the year, including a tackle for a loss ... Played in the junior-varsity game and led the team with 10 tackles, including two for loss, in the win over Fork Union Military Academy.
2007 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Outstanding athlete who played all over the field in high school ... Performed at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back, punt returner, kickoff returner, and long snapper at North Clayton HS in College Park, Ga. ... Four-year letterman and three-year starter ... Senior-year defensive statistics include 125 tackles on defense, three caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception ... On offense, he caught 22 passes, four for touchdowns, threw seven touchdown passes, and rushed for two TDs ... Earned all-district honors ... Named to the preseason area Super 11 Team by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... The No. 64 prospect in Georgia by Scout.com ... Coached by Don Shockley, whose son D. J. was a standout quarterback at the University of Georgia and now plays for the Atlanta Falcons ... "Greg can be a major factor on defense (at Kentucky)," Shockley said. "He has great range and loves to hit. Mentally, he believes nobody can beat him. He's a warrior, a fierce competitor, and playing quarterback helped him as a defensive back." ... A four-year letterman in track ... Competed in the high jump and 400-meter run ... Athletic ability indicated by the fact that he was the state runner-up in the high jump, with a top leap of six feet, eight inches ... Also placed third in the region meet in the 400 ... Three-year letterman in basketball, helping lead his team to the Class AAAA state final four ... Honor-roll student and has been a member of the student council ... Greg's recruiting finalists included Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Louisville, Virginia Tech, and Tulane.
Personal: Born in Columbus, Ga. ... Son of Marilyn Joyner ... Greg's brother, Hashem Joyner, played football at Middle Tennessee and professionally in an arena league ... A cousin, Garey Ingram, played three years in major-league baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers ... Major is community communications and leadership development.
Community Cats: Guest visitor at the Dance Blue Marathon (2008).