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Draft Scout Karl Joseph News
09/09/15 - West Virginia safety Karl Joseph made sure that quarterback Skyler Howard's first home start was a pleasant one. Joseph interrupted Georgia Southern's rhythm by himself with three interceptions and a fumble recovery, and the Mountaineers beat the Eagles 44-0 on Saturday night. Joseph's three interceptions were the most for a West Virginia player since Vann Washington had three against Louisiana Tech in 1994. And it marked the first time in 12 seasons that West Virginia had four interceptions in a game. "We've got something to build on," said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. "Our defense was pretty motivated. Our leadership that we have on that side of the ball is showing."
Howard threw two touchdown passes and West Virginia outgained Georgia Southern 544 yards to 244 in winning its home opener for the 12th consecutive season. Howard completed 16 of 25 passes for 359 yards. Freshman Jovon Durante and sophomore Shelton Gibson were stellar in their first starts at wide receiver after replacing playmakers Kevin White and Mario Alford, who combined for nearly 2,400 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns in 2014. - AP Sports
09/09/15 - West Virginia safety Karl Joseph picked off three passes and came up with four total turnovers as the Mountaineers rolled to a 44-0 season-opening win over Georgia Southern. Joseph's domination on defense earned him the AutoNation FWAA Defensive Player of the Week honor. Joseph, a 5-11, 197-pound senior from Orlando, Fla., had more interceptions (3) than Georgia Southern had completions (2) in the game, all of them coming in the third quarter. Joseph killed the Eagles' first two possessions of the second half with picks inside Georgia Southern territory, the second of which the Mountaineers punched in for a 23-0 lead that broke the game open.
When Georgia Southern threatened the shutout late in the quarter at the West Virginia 28, it was Joseph again who ended the drive with his third interception. Joseph’s line for the third quarter was 4.5 tackles and three interceptions. He also recovered a fumble in the first quarter, and finished the game with seven solo tackles (eight total). "I have never given anybody a game ball, but I gave him one down there in the locker room," said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. "He’s the inspirational leader with what we are trying to do. It’s been fun to watch him mature and grow up. He has played over 3,000 snaps in three years, and for him to take the next step to be the inspirational leader on defense and be the guy that I trust to stand in front of the room and talk and motivate everyone is great. He’s a pretty motivated young man." - Big 12 Football
09/09/15 - Sept 8 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week: Karl Joseph, West Virginia, S, Sr, Orlando, Fla.,...Karl Joseph made a game-high eight tackles, including seven solo stops in West Virginia’s 44-0 shutout over Georgia Southern. He also intercepted a career-best three passes, all in the third quarter, and recovered a fumble. Joseph’s three interceptions were the most by one player in a game since 1994. - Big 12 Football
01/05/15 - West Virginia All-Big 12 DB Karl Joseph returning for senior year...West Virginia appears to be well-stocked with experience on defense heading into 2015, especially with the reported return of safety Karl Joseph for his senior season. Joseph was an All-Big 12 selection in 2014 at safety, his first year at the position after playing cornerback his first two seasons in Morgantown. The hard-hitting junior finished second on the team in tackles (92), with 4.5 tackles for loss an interception and three forced fumbles.
According to the Charleston Daily Mail, Joseph sent paperwork to the NFL Draft advisory board but has informed the team that he plans to return for one more year. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft is Jan. 15. West Virginia's defense will lose defensive end Shaq Riddick and linebacker Wes Tonkery, but should have the rest of the starting lineup back for next season. Statistically, WVU ranked near the middle of the Big 12 for total defense (399.4 yards per game, 5.43 yards per play) but those numbers were lower than 2012 and 2013, seasons when the Mountaineers defense was doing more harm than good at times. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/08/14 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL TEAM (MEDIA): DB Karl Joseph, West Virginia 5-10 196 Jr/2L Orlando, Fla.,...“It’s great that Karl has been recognized as one of the top players in the Big 12 Conference heading into the season” says WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. “He has played a lot of football for us in the past two years and made a lot of plays. We look forward to him making a lot of plays for us again this season.”
Joseph finished with 68 tackles as a sophomore in 2013, as well as having two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, four pass breakups, an interception and three tackles for loss. He also ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally in fumbles recovered. He finished with five or more tackles in seven games and five or more solo tackles in six games. - West Virginia football