West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced today that senior All-American safety Karl Joseph sustained a right knee injury in a non-contact drill Tuesday during practice and will miss the remainder of the season.
"I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl," Holgorsen said. "He is a young man who has given everything he has to our football program and University over the past four years and who elected to return to WVU for his senior season to earn his degree and to be a part of something special with this team. He exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer. Karl is an All-American, a fierce competitor, a leader and I know he will have a full recovery, and I can't wait to watch him on Sundays next fall."
Joseph, a first team All-Big 12 performer in 2014, is known nationally for his hard-hitting and aggressive defensive ability. He was having an outstanding year to date, playing at an All-American level, leading the nation in interceptions (5), No. 23 in passes defended and No. 27 in fumbles recovered. This season, he is No. 2 on the Mountaineer defense in tackles with 20, including 15 solo stops. He also has a sack, two tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery.
"I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for their outpouring of support," Joseph said. "This has been difficult for me and my family but I know I will come through this stronger than ever. I will forever be a Mountaineer and will be cheering on our team every step of the way."