Mountaineers On Steele Preseason Team

WVU senior safety Karl Joseph figures to rack up a number of nominations for college football national awards this summer, and he nabbed one such honor on Monday when he was made a second-team preseason All-America selection by Phil Steele. He was joined by West Virginia placekicker Josh Lambert, who was a fourth-team pick.

Joseph, who will be a four-year starter at West Virginia, trailed only Jeremy Cash of Duke at strong safety on Steele's list. Behind Joseph was Vonn Bell of Ohio State and Eddie Jackson of Alabama.

In three seasons as a West Virginia starter, the hard-hitting Joseph has recorded 172 tackles (101 solo) 14.5 tackles for loss, and four interceptions. He has forced eight fumbles and ten pass breakups with his big hits, and scored twice as a sophomore on turnover returns.

Lambert made Steele's list as the fourth-team placekicker, behind Roberto Aguayo of Florida State, Brad Craddoc of Maryland and Andy Phillips of Utah. The redshirt sophomore, a native of Garland, Tex., has made 47 of 62 field goals in his career while successfully converting 80 of 81 extra points, accounting for 221 points over his first two seasons. That puts him on pace to eclipse West Virginia's all time points record of 385, currently held by Steve Slaton.

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