MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University football team has just released a new depth chart following a season-ending knee injury to senior safety Karl Joseph.
Joseph, who had started all 42 games of his collegiate career, suffered the injury during a non-contact drill in practice.
The depth chart now shows either Jarrod Harper or Jeremy Tyler at the bandit spot.
Harper, a redshirt junior, missed most of spring and summer football conditioning/practices while recovering from a shoulder injury endured during the 2014-15 season.
Earlier this fall, Harper said he’s now refreshed, recharged, and 100 percent ready to prove his worth as a safety in the Big 12 after a long recovery.
Harper also spoke about his teammate and good friend Karl Joseph, along with his hopes of becoming the next guy in line to step into Joseph’s position following the seniors graduation, which was his expected departure.
“I mean, I see who I got in front of me, Karl, he’s a great player and next year whenever he’s gone I look forward to taking on that starting position and doing big things,” said Harper.
The other name added to the safety section of the depth chart, Jeremy Tyler, has already made an impact on the football field this season.
The 5-11 junior intercepted his first pass against the Maryland Terrapins. In his 22 total games at West Virginia, he also collected 22 solo tackles and forced a fumble.
It looks as though Mountaineer fans can expect to see a combination of both Harper and Tyler on the football field. Although filling Joseph’s shoes is impossible, Harper and Tyler have ample potential to excel.
Cover image credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS