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Today is not a good day on the injury front, especially if you’re a West Virginia fan. Safety Karl Joseph is out for the season after injuring his knee in practice.

“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.”

It a big loss for West Virginia. Joseph leads the nation with five picks on the year, and he’s also accumulated 20 total tackles including one sack.

He’s an impact player, literally. He’s the Mountaineer’s enforcer. He’s a heat-seeking missile lurking in the secondary just waiting to end some poor soul’s life.

Coach Dana Holgorsen released a statement emphasizing just what Joseph has meant to the Mountaineers.

“I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl. 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.”

It will be tough to make up Joseph’s production, but West Virginia will have to find answers in a hurry, as they welcome a pass-happy Oklahoma State to Morgantown this weekend.

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