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Karl Joseph | Safety

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 197

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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

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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