MORGANTOWN – West Virginia safety Karl Joseph is ready to move on to the next game after his tremendous defensive performance in last Saturday’s season opening 44-0 win over Georgia Southern.
Joseph had three interceptions, all in the third quarter, one fumble recovery and eight solo tackles. A couple of his hits were bone-chilling on opposing ball carriers.
Joseph answered questions at the weekly press conference held on Tuesday in Morgantown.
The senior safety was asked on life after his outstanding performance against Georgia Southern. “It’s still the same. We went back in the stadium and the weight room to get ready for the next game. That game is over with now. It’s on to the next one,” Joseph said.
He was asked about the WVU defense against Georgia Southern and whether it surprised him. “No, not really. I think we played exactly how we expected ourselves to play. I think everybody was on the same page. We communicated well, and everybody gave one hundred percent effort every play,” Joseph added.
This week WVU plays host to Liberty. He was asked about their offense. “I haven’t watched a lot of film yet, but their quarterback is pretty good, and he has some good athletes around him. We’re going to have to prepare well to go against them,” Joseph said.
He was also asked how it felt to be viewed as an inspirational leader and stepping up his senior year. “I have to step up. I know I have to step up and fill in that leadership role, because I’ve been around here for a while now. Along with a lot of other guys on this defense, we’ve been here awhile now and know what it takes to win in this league. Stepping up and being a leader is really big for us on defense,” Joseph added.
Coach Dana Holgorsen also answered some questions on this week’s opponent.
“Liberty will be a challenge for us. They are a good team. It happens every year. If you take them (FCS teams) lightly and don’t respect your opponent, then it will come back to get you. It happens a lot of times. It seems like it’s at a point where it might happen every week. Last year, they went 9-5. They really got on a run toward the end of the year. I think they won seven of their last nine games. They have everyone coming back on offense,” the Mountaineer coach said.
“Their quarterback (senior quarterback Josh Woodrum) has been there for a long time. He’s a big kid, and has a quick release. The ball comes out fast. They have an All-American receiver. Senior Darrin Peterson is a guy that has made a ton of plays for them. They have an experienced offensive line, and they have two running backs that they have spent time with last year because of an injury,” Holgorsen added.
Holgorsen was asked about the WVU secondary and how they worked together last week and what they are capable of doing this year.
“Seniors K.J. (Dillon) and Karl (Joseph) have played over 3,000 snaps a piece. Those guys have played a lot of ball. We’ve talked about sophomore safety Dravon Askew-Henry being a talented player who was lost a year ago. Now, he is not lost. Junior cornerback Daryl Worley was bored out of his mind a week ago, because he likes to be challenged. He is long, physical, fast and talented. Terrell Chestnut (redshirt senior cornerback) is probably the old man of the group. He’s the oldest. He’s been around here the longest. He’s one of my favorite guys on the team, because he cares so much about his teammates.”
Kickoff for the WVU-Liberty game is 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)