West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, who leads the NCAA in interceptions, will miss the remainder of the season after a knee injury suffered in practice during a non-contract drill, the school confirmed.
"This has been difficult for me and my family but I know I will come through this stronger than ever," Joseph said in a statement, according to Allan Taylor of MetroNews. "I will forever be a Mountaineer and will be cheering on our team every step of the way."
West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson had high praise for Joseph's career via Twitter:
NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter rated Joseph as one of the top 80 prospects for the 2016 draft, a projection which would land him with a pick in the first three rounds. With a reputation as a big hitter from the safety position, Joseph was rated the most physical player in the nation by College Football 24/7. This season, however, Joseph has shown more in coverage than physical play. His five interceptions leads the NCAA, and he's also recorded a sack, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery in only four games.
Joseph (5-11, 197 pounds) made 42 career starts for the Mountaineers.