WVU’s Joseph on watch list for Bednarik

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University football junior safety Karl Joseph was named this week to the watch list for the 20th annual Bednarik Award, as announced by the Maxwell Football Club.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of 1967.

“Karl has played a lot of football for West Virginia and has made a lot of plays the last two years,” WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said. “He will be counted on as one of our team leaders this year as we want to take another step forward in our third year in the Big 12 Conference.”

Joseph finished with 68 tackles as a sophomore in 2013, as well as having two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, four pass breakups, an interception and three tackles for loss. He also ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally in fumbles recovered. He finished with five or more tackles in seven games and five or more solo tackles in six games.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Nov. 3, while the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 24.