The Springfield native will provide depth to the offensive backfield this season after an injury-plagued campaign in 2009.
2009: Redshirted his first season at Missouri State with a knee injury.
High School: Proved to be a versatile standout for coach Joel Heman at Glendale High School in Springfield, Mo., as a three-year starter at running back, punter and defensive end ... Missed half of the 2008 season with an ACL injury ... Carried 17 times for 133 yards in a senior season game against Joplin ... In 2007, he was a second-team All-Ozarks Conference punter and running back, while claiming Southwest Missouri Football Coaches Association second-team honors at both positions ... He is also a distinguished discus thrower for the Falcons' track team, lettering four years and serving as a sprinter for three seasons.
Personal: Joseph Michael Mendel was born 3/1/91 in Springfield, Mo. .... Son of Mark and Chris Mendel of Springfield, Mo. ... Majoring in Biology ... Has a sister, Emily ... Father, Mark, played college football at Nebraska.