Karl Joseph is one of 42 players on the list, which is presented to the nation's best defensive back. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Joseph is one of four Big 12 players on the preseason list.
Earlier this month, Joseph was named to watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy watch lists. Those two awards are presented to the college defensive player of the year.
Joseph earned All-Big 12 Conference First Team honors last season after finishing with 92 tackles, including 62 solo stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, a team-leading three forced fumbles, an interception and three pass breakups. He finished with five or more tackles in eight games and five or more solo tackles in six games.
Over his three-year career at West Virginia, Joseph has compiled 264 tackles, including 193 solo stops and 14.5 behind the line of scrimmage.