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West Virginia Defense Takes A Major Hit With The Loss Of Karl Joseph

West Virginia senior safety Karl Joseph, a fierce-hitting fixture in the Mountaineers secondary for three-plus seasons and the current FBS national leader with five interceptions, suffered a serious knee injury during practice that is expected to end his college career.

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WVU’s Joseph, who has season-ending knee injury, secured insurance policies | Charleston Gazette-Mail
A non-contact knee injury in practice Tuesday, a day when West Virginia’s football team doesn’t wear pads and tends to take things easy, has ended the season for first-team All-Big 12 safety Karl Joseph.

Joseph lost for season to practice injury: Major hit to WVU defense | WV MetroNews
West Virginia senior safety Karl Joseph, a fierce-hitting fixture in the Mountaineers secondary for three-plus seasons and the current FBS national leader with five interceptions, suffered a serious knee injury during practice that is expected to end his college career.

Coaches, teammates, fans react to Joseph's injury | The Exponent Telegram
This couldn’t have happened. Not to Karl Joseph, the indestructible Karl Joseph. Certainly not the way it happened, not in a non-contact drill. Hell, it’s even hard to imagine Karl Joseph being involved in a non-contact drills.

Joseph a Force on the Football Field | WVU Athletics
Today’s announcement that senior safety Karl Joseph is out for the rest of the year with a knee injury is about like saying the Bahamas ONLY got a passing rain shower last weekend. This is Category 5 news for a West Virginia defense that was looking to rebound from last weekend’s hiccup in Oklahoma that saw the Mountaineers surrender 427 yards and 44 points to the Sooners.

Communication breakdown lowlighted Worley’s difficult day vs. Sooners | WV MetroNews
The coverage bust that buried West Virginia at Oklahoma—whereby Durron Neal coasted 71 yards behind a stunned secondary—was a communication glitch created by logistics, noise and the Sooners’ offensive tempo.

Through Ups and Downs, Skyler Howard Remains Confident | WV Illustrated
Everyone has his or her good days and bad days. It’s a part of life. We would not be considered human beings if that were not the case. However, when you are a starting quarterback for a Division-I college football program in a Power Five Conference, things seem to be magnified just a little bit more. You can thank us, the media, for that.

Fan Experience Our No. 1 Priority | WVU Athletics
The fan experience is our top priority at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia Athletics:

Michaela Abam heads dynamic WVU offense | The Daily Athenaeum
When a team is known for its No. 2 nationally ranked defense, it’s easy to overlook offense. The No. 3 Mountaineers (11-1, 2-0) have won games all season long behind the efforts of their nationally acclaimed back line.

Hammond sets sights on fourth straight national title | The Daily Athenaeum
Just behind Morgantown’s luxurious Coliseum and up the stairs of West Virginia University’s Natatorium, you will find the famous Rifle Range. With trophies and banners hanging along the walls, you can feel a slight chill of the history behind the rifle program. Coach Jon Hammond is someone who people can thank for playing a huge role in adding history to the program.

WVU dives into season at WV State Games | The Daily Athenaeum
Today marks the beginning of the long season ahead for the West Virginia swimming and diving teams, who play host tonight in the first day of the annual West Virginia State Games.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

If you're the University of Texas' president, here are the emails you get about your terrible AD | SBNation
The former Texas AD is gone now, but let's take a look at the legacy he left behind in his boss' inbox.

Texas Longhorns hope to turn season around against Oklahoma Sooners | ESPN
It's been a while since the Red River Showdown carried major Big 12 title and national championship implications. For the third straight season, Texas will arrive at the Cotton Bowl unranked, this time starting 1-4. Still, this game has always given such an opponent the opportunity to salvage its season. And a win over Oklahoma would give Charlie Strong a foundational win to rebuild the program. That won't come easy, though. The 10th-ranked Sooners have been one of the most impressive teams in the country through the first month of the season.

Baker Mayfield, Samaje Perine grew up on wrong side of Red River | ESPN
When Oklahoma’s offense takes the field Saturday at the Cotton Bowl, the Sooners will feature a quarterback and a running back raised on the wrong side of the Red River.

Around The NCAA:

T.W.I.S., where Nebraska fans are so mad at Mike Riley, they're getting less drunk | SBNation
This Week In Schadenfreude, our weekly tour of the saddest people on the college football Internet, pays its first visit of the year to a legendary Notre Dame message board. And more!

Al Golden really, really needs his first win against FSU. Here's what it would take | SBNation
Florida State is favored for a reason, but the Hurricanes have opportunities ... if Good Miami shows up.

SHUTDOWN FULLCAST 3.23: THE FLORIDA EPISODE | Every Day Should Be Saturday
FLORIDA FOOTBALL MIGHT BE GOOD NOW, SO LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW BAD THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS

Ohio State, Notre Dame and Week 6's 18 other best bets | SBNation
It's time to pick only the best wagers from the weekend schedule. This is our college football gambling column. It's called COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMBLING.

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