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Draft Scout Karl Joseph News
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
08/05/14 - 2014 PRESEASON BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: S Karl Joseph, West Virginia...“Karl has played a lot of football for West Virginia and has made a lot of plays the last two years,” says WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. “He will be counted on as one of our team leaders this year as we want to take another step forward in our third year in the Big 12 Conference.” 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
06/16/14 - West Virginia's top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. FS Karl Joseph, Junior...The Mountaineers' defense was a sieve last season, but Joseph was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing unit. He finished last season with 68 tackles, displaying rangy play speed with the ability to make stops at every level of the field. Joseph tends to be an ankle biter at times and has room to clean up his tackling technique, but he is a more than willing run defender with the drive quickness to attack downhill.
He will take some unnecessary steps in coverage and needs to clean up his footwork, but is quick to recover and shows loose movements. Joseph's anticipation and instincts are still in the development phase, but he has shown improved eye use to make quick decisions and stay true to his aggressive nature. He has started all 25 games at free safety since arriving in Morgantown and is still far from hitting his football ceiling, making his NFL potential an intriguing storyline moving forward. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/22/14 - 2014 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia...Joseph earned all-Big 12 honorable mention honors in 2013 after compiling 104 tackles, seven tackles for losses, a sack, two interceptions and six pass breakups. In two seasons, the Orlando, Fla., resident shows 172 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, three picks and 10 pass breakups. - West Virginia football