West Virginia's hot start this season has had some cold water thrown on it, as safety Karl Joseph will miss the rest of 2015 after sustaining a knee injury.
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Holgorsen and Joseph Comment on Injury
Wednesday, Oct. 7
“I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said in a team release. “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 also took the time to give his thoughts in the program's release, saying: “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.”
Joseph's Absence Will Be Felt In Upcoming Conference Games
Joseph, a senior, has been one of West Virginia's best players since arriving on campus in 2012. He has recorded 16 tackles for loss and nine interceptions, including five to lead the nation in 2015, and was named to the first-team All-Big 12 last season.
The Mountaineers are built on playing an uptempo offensive style and scoring a lot of points. Defense is often a weak point for the team, but Joseph has been a huge bright spot for years.
There is never a good time to lose a player of Joseph's caliber, but this hits West Virginia particularly hard, as it is in the midst of a brutal stretch of games against Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU in the next three weeks.