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Karl Joseph | Safety

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 197

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph's "lack of size hurt his pro projection."
The West Virginia prospect has been the anchor of the Mountaineers secondary, making 42 starts over his career. In 2014, the hard-hitting Joseph recorded 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception. Prior to his injury, Brugler notes that The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Joseph "was projected as a solid mid-round NFL prospect." Oct 7 - 4:30 PM

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West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson notes that senior S Karl Joseph is the "best leader and player" he's "ever had the privilege of coaching."

The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder injured his knee in practice and will miss the rest of the season. Unfortunately, the senior prospect's college career is now over. Prior to his injury, Joseph started every game in his time at West Virginia, making 42 career starts. Last season Joseph recorded 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception for the Mountaineers.
Oct 7 - 2:19 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

The injury occurred during Tuesday's practice. Joseph is best known for his huge hits and pulled one off last weekend against Oklahoma. After recording three interceptions in the season opener, Joseph recorded two more in the last two games. Who knows where Joseph goes in the draft, but West Virginia's improved defense will likely take a step back. The Mountaineers face Oklahoma State next.
Oct 7 - 1:22 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph picked off his NCAA-leading fifth interception of the year Saturday against Oklahoma.

"Joseph sports a compact frame and shows little regard for his own welfare, exploding into ball-carriers," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "He showed fluidity in coverage when dropping down from his traditional strong safety role to cover Oklahoma's slot receivers one on one and an understanding of route concepts, turning around to steal [Baker] Mayfield's pass in the fourth quarter." Joseph also had a huge hit on Sooners' stud wide receiver Dede Westbrook, which can be seen at the link below. "While scouts will appreciate Joseph's playmaking ability, consistency as an open-field tackler remains a concern," Rang wrote. "Unfortunately, the same heat-seeking missile mentality likely to earn his big hit some highlight reel action this week also resulted in a Sooners score just before the half when Joseph lunged (and missed) running back Joe Mixon in the open-field [on a 35-yard touchdown run]."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 4 - 12:29 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph intercepted three passes in the school's 44-0 win over Georgia Southern.

It was an all around impressive performance for West Virginia's defense against Georgia Southern, who led the FBS in rushing last season. Joseph is frequently called the leader of that side of the ball and added eight tackles and a fumble recovery. Joseph is known for big hits but needs more consistency in the open field and alleys.
Sep 7 - 10:21 AM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph wants to become a surer tackler in 2015.

Joseph's position coach explained it this way. "...With everything spread out, he’s got to be under control. Not everything has to be a thump or a big hit... It’s OK—it doesn’t have to be on your highlight reel." This is absolutely the biggest issue we have seen in Joseph's game, and we would even go as far as to say he can be a liability in the open field. Many have called Joseph a "big hitter," but too many are remembering the highlight reel plays. Turn on the Texas game to see the issues. With that said, Joseph has plenty of time to show improvement.
Source: Metro News
Aug 29 - 9:37 AM

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said this is the best defense he's ever coached.

"Without a doubt, it should be the best I’ve had since I started coaching 20 years ago," Holgorsen said Monday at Big 12 media days. "We have guys who have a bunch of experience. When we came into this league three years ago, everyone remembers Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, but I doubt you could name another person, especially on defense." Holgorsen's crew boasts Karl Joseph, potentially the top safety prospect in the class, and Nick Kwiatkoski, one of the Big 12’s best linebackers. The Mountaineers finished No. 16 in the Big 12 with 27.6 points allowed per game, but they finished second in passing yards per attempt allowed and figure to be better across the board in 2015.
Jul 20 - 9:17 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph boasts "great instincts, a hitter's mentality and play-making skills," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Joseph goes into his senior year at West Virginia already the school record-holder in forced fumbles," Kiper wrote. "I point out the forced fumbles because he's truly one of the great hitters in college football, even while playing at under 200 pounds. Coverage skills will improve, but I expect his hitting to be coveted." The analyst ranks Joseph as the No. 2 senior safety prospect in the country. Joseph (5-foot-11, 197-pounds) posted 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception last year.
Jul 19 - 7:45 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph has "a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in college football," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Indeed he does. "While just 5-foot-11, 197 pounds, Joseph is a fearless presence in the middle of the field, bringing energy and aggressiveness to a defense on the rise," Brown wrote. The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder was named first-team All-Big 12 last year by putting up 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception last year.
Jul 1 - 4:34 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph "flies into the backfield and attacks receivers in space like few others in this draft class," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Indeed, Joseph is something of a defensive kamikaze who was ranked by NFL Media as the No. 1 most physical player in college football. "Joseph has a chance to fly up boards by proving his coverage skills to scouts during the 2015 season and postseason," Reuter wrote. "He'll also need to show fluid hip movement and change-of-direction ability at the combine. Combining that sort of athleticism with his excellent hitting and tackling skills (92 stops in a first-team All-Big 12 junior campaign) could push him even higher on team draft boards." The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder had 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception last year.
Jun 23 - 7:50 PM

NFL Media ranks West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph their No.1 ranked physical player in college football.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound safety plays fearless despite his size, and is not afraid to get physical when he's out there on the football field. The West Virginia prospect has also been quite productive, posting 264 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 15 passes defensed, 8 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions in his time at Morgantown. With a solid year, Joseph has a shot to be a top safety prospect going into the 2016 NFL draft.
Jun 8 - 2:02 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph "enters the 2015 season as one of the best senior safety prospects in the country," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He strikes through his target and is a big hit waiting to happen, but he doesn't consistently wrap and will take wild angles at times. Although he has room to develop in coverage, Joseph enters the 2015 season as one of the best senior safety prospects in the country," Brugler wrote. The West Virginia prospect is the second-leading tackler for the Mountaineers, with 92 tackles, including 62 solo stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and 1 interception. Joseph lacks the ideal size, but plays big and is more physical than expected.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 2:08 PM

West Virginia junior S Karl Joseph will return to school in 2015.

Joseph was a first-team all-Big 12 honoree in 2014, starting all 13 games and collecting 92 tackles, one interception and 4.5 tackles for loss. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound safety acquits himself well playing deep as a free safety, but he'll also crash the box hard to jolt a ball carrier. He's undersized, but Joseph might have gone on Day 2 had he declared for the draft.
Jan 8 - 9:50 PM

West Virginia junior S Karl Joseph was "was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing" defense last year, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Joseph collected 68 tackles last season while "displaying rangy play speed with the ability to make stops at every level of the field." The 5-foot-10, 200-pound safety runs a 4.63 forty. "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," Brugler wrote. "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." Brugler says the 25-game starter at free safety "is still far from hitting his football ceiling, making his NFL potential an intriguing storyline moving forward."
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 07:08:00 PM

West Virginia freshman S Karl Joseph has emerged as a bona fide star, according to beat writer Mike Casazza.

The Mountaineers defense was beyond bad this season, but Joseph led the team in tackles while playing almost every snap in every game. The freshman actually attributes some of his success to his wrestling background, citing the fearless nature it allows him to play with.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 12:58:00 PM