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Oakland Raiders Select Safety Karl Joseph in the First Round of the 2016 NFL Draft


The Oakland Raiders have selected West Virginia safety Karl Joseph in the first round (No. 14 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.


2015 (Sr.)**

  • Team Captain
  • CBSSports All-American (second team)
  • All-American Honorable-Mention
  • All-Big 12 Honorable-Mention (Coaches)
  • Sustained season-ending right knee injury on Oct. 6 in a non-contact drill during practice
  • Started all 42 games of his career
  • At the time of his injury, ranked No. 1 nationally with 1.3 interceptions per game, No. 27 nationally with one fumble recovered and was No. 23 in the NCAA, No. 1 in the Big 12 with 1.5 passes defended per game
  • Had an interception and a sack with five tackles at Oklahoma
  • Finished with four tackles, had an interception and on tackle for loss vs. Maryland
  • Recorded three solo tackles against Liberty
  • Named FWAA National Player of the Week for performance against Georgia Southern; also Jim Thorpe National and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
  • Had a career-best three interceptions and led the team with eight tackles, seven solo vs. Georgia Southern
  • First WVU player since 1994 to have three interceptions in a game and third all-time to have three in a quarter



]( (Jr.)**

  • 2014 WVU Team Captain
  • All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection by coaches and
  • All-Big 12 Conference Second Team selection by Phil Steele and The Associated Press
  • Started all 13 games
  • WVU's second-leading tackler with 92 tackles, including 62 solo stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and an interception
  • Used on 1,053 plays, including 947 defensive snaps, most of any player on defense
  • Season-high 91 plays at Iowa State
  • Tied for No. 4 in the Big 12 in forced fumbles
  • Tied for No. 9 in the Big 12 in solo tackles
  • Tied for No. 16 in the Big 12 in total tackles
  • Holds school record for career forced fumbles
  • No. 13 on the WVU career solo tackles list (194)
  • Finished with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops and assisted on a tackle for loss and forced a fumble against Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl
  • Had eight tackles, including four solo stops at Iowa State
  • Also had an interception and two pass breakup at ISU
  • Registered four tackles against Kansas State, including three solo stops, two tackles for loss and a PB
  • Finished with four tackles at Texas; including three solo stops
  • Had six solo tackles and forced a fumble against TCU
  • Finished with a team-high eight tackles, including four solo stops at Oklahoma State
  • Had five solo tackles, including one for loss against Baylor
  • Registered seven solo stops at Texas Tech
  • Finished with a game-high 13 tackles against Oklahoma
  • Season-high 10 solo stops against the Sooners
  • Had a forced fumble against OU
  • Registered a career-high 18 total tackles and 11 assisted tackles against Alabama


2013 (So.)**

  • All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention
  • Started all 12 games at free safety
  • Led the team with four fumble recoveries and was No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally
  • Third on the team with four pass breakups
  • Fourth on the team with 68 tackles
  • Finished with five or more tackles in seven games
  • Registered five or more solo tackles in six games
  • Third on the team in tackles (9) and recovered a fumble for a touchdown against Iowa State
  • Fourth on the team with six tackles vs. Texas and forced a fumble
  • Second on the team with nine tackles at TCU
  • Led the team with 12 tackles at Kansas State
  • Tied career highs in solo tackles (12), tackles for loss (2), forced fumbles (1) and fumble recoveries (1) at Kansas State
  • Three solo tackles at Baylor and recovered a fumble for a touchdown
  • Made a career-high two pass breakups vs. Oklahoma State
  • Led the Mountaineers with nine tackles vs. Maryland
  • Recovered a fumble vs. Georgia State
  • Had his third career interception at Oklahoma

2012 (Fr.)

  • WVU Defensive Player of the Year
  • Freshman All-America (Phil Steele,,
  • All-Big 12 Conference Honorable-Mention Team (AP)
  • Started all 13 games at free safety
  • First true freshman to start at safety since Robert Sands (2008)
  • Tied nationally for No. 14 in solo tackles, No. 59 in forced fumbles and No. 85 in total tackles
  • Tied for fifth in the Big 12 in total tackles and fifth in forced fumbles
  • Led WVU in solo tackles (76) and in total tackles (104) and tied for the team lead in forced fumbles (3) and interceptions (2); also was second in pass breakups (6) and third in tackles for loss (7)
  • Recovered a fumble in the end zone that was forced by Darwin Cook to help seal the victory at Iowa State
  • At Iowa State, set or tied career highs in total tackles (13), solo stops (12), tackles for loss (1) and fumbles recovered (1)
  • Against Oklahoma, had 10 total tackles and one tackle for loss
  • Had nine tackles, including eight solo stops vs. TCU, while also recording one tackle for loss and forcing a fumble
  • At Texas Tech, had nine solo tackles, first interception of his career and one pass breakup
  • Forced first fumble of his career and notched eight total tackles, six solo stops and one pass breakup at Texas
  • Against Maryland, established a career high with one sack and had 1.5 tackles for loss; also collected seven total tackles and five solo stops
  • Tied a game high with two tackles for loss against Marshall; also collected seven total tackles, including five solo stops

High School

  • Coached by Zac Yarbrough at Edgewater High
  • Finished 2011 with 126 tackles (97 solo), three sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four blocked punts and two blocked field goals
  • Two-time Orlando Sentinel Defensive Player of the Year


  • Birthday is September 8
  • Son of Marie Joseph
  • One of two children
  • Graduated in December 2015 with a bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies
  • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll
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