Karl Joseph has been a stalwart for Mountaineer defenses ever since his arrival on campus, and his performance was again acknowledged today when he made the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award. Joseph joins 77 other college players on the list, including 10 other Big 12 players.
The Orlando, Fla., native made an immediate impact at West Virginia, as he not only avoided a redshirt during his freshman campaign in 2012, but became a defensive star, recording 104 tackles from his free safety position. After another outstanding sophomore season (68 tackles and two turnover returns for touchdowns), he moved closer to the line of scrimmage in one of WVU's two hybrid linebacker/safety spots. The switch did nothing to slow the hard-hitting Joseph, as he racked up another 92 tackles on the season. He will be a leader on a Mountaineer defense that is expected to be a strength in 2015.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Semifinalists for award will be announced November 23, 2015, while the three finalists will be unveiled November 23, 2015. The winners will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 10, 2015.