Junior College: Played center, guard, and tackle during his two seasons at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Miss. ... Part-time starter his freshman season and was a full-time regular as a sophomore ... Helped NW Mississippi to a 6-4 record his soph season, winning the divisional championship and advancing to the semifinals of the state playoffs ... Team ranked second in the state in total offense ... Named honorable-mention all-state ... Coached by Randy Pippin ... "Josh fits the profile of an SEC offensive lineman," Pippin said. "He has size, explosive power, and great feet for a player his size. He's really the whole package of what coaches look for in offensive linemen. He's good at both run and pass blocking, an intelligent player who picks up things well. He's an excellent football player." ... Lifted in the 400-pound range in the bench press and approximately 600 pounds in the squat lift ... Has lifted as high as 455 pounds in the bench press and 705 in the squat ... Also received recruiting interest from Oregon, Kansas State, Kansas, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State when he chose Kentucky.
2004(Freshman): Originally signed with South Carolina ... Redshirted with the Gamecocks his freshman season before transferring to Northwest Mississippi.
High School: Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Southaven (Miss.) High School ... Just as he did in junior college, he played every position in the offensive line during his high school career ... First-team all-state as a senior ... Second-team All-American by ESPN ... Was the No. 10 prospect in Mississippi that year by Rivals.com and recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ... The No. 22 offensive guard in the country by Rivals.com ... Won the "Trenches Award" for being the top lineman in the state ... Three-year all-region selection ... Coached by Calvin Aldridge ... Four-year member of the track and field team, throwing the shot and discus ... Second in the state meet in the shot put his junior and senior year ... Best finish in the discus was sixth at the state meet ... Finished second in the state in powerlifting.
Personal: Born in Corinth, Miss. ... Son of Will and Rita Winchell ... Major is sociology