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Joseph and Dillon Leading Defense

It seems like they’ve been in Morgantown forever.

Karl Joseph and KJ Dillon have been two of the more popular players in the Mountaineer football program since they arrived in Morgantown just a few years ago.20150411_134203

Both have seen the ups and downs that come with college football, but both are now putting the final touches on their final spring wearing gold and blue.

Joseph and Dillon enter their senior season on a high note, and things at this point of spring have gone the way of the defensive unit.

“We’re really confident right now because this is the first time since I’ve been here, and since anybody’s been here on defense, that we get to do the same things on defense twice,” Dillon said. “Every year we’ve been putting in a new defense but for us back there we get to do the same things we did last year, so all we’re doing is perfecting the game and getting better.”

“It’s been going good getting back in the groove of things, working on defensive things and just doing what we do.” he said.

While the offense got the better of the unit on Saturday, Joseph knows there is still work that awaits.

“We definitely need to work on disguising our covers and communicating more. We had some opportunities where we had bad communication last year.” Joseph said.

For Joseph, the speed of the game has slowed to the point where he can play, and not think.

“Everything seems to have slowed down. I just feel so much more comfortable. I feel like I belong, and I understand every call. I feel like I’ve been here forever. I’m just enjoying coming out here and getting better. I still have a lot of stuff to improve on. It’s just about improving every day.”

“I think we can be as good as we want to be. That’s how good this team is, especially on the defensive side.” he said.

The offensive unit continues to search for the balance that comes with spring football. But Joseph knows it’s on the defense to help the offense.

“We have to get behind the offense, which is a much younger group,” Joseph said. “We have to lift them up and help them compete. We have to go out there and help them improve like they’ve been helping us.”

Spoken like a true leader.


jerry McGhee
Lead recruiting analyst covering the West Virginia Mountaineers for
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