DALLAS, Texas — Karl Joseph’s freshman season was promising individually, but a disaster from a unit standpoint as West Virginia’s defense ranked among the bottom 10 nationally in scoring and pass defense.

“You probably can’t get any worse than our defense last year,” said Joseph, who nonetheless provided some highlight moments at free safety. His 104 tackles led the team outright and his two interceptions tied for the lead.

Joseph said he and strong safety Darwin Cook will be “more in tune with each other” this season, and the sophomore vows the frequently torched cornerbacks “are ready to step up and make plays.”

Watch Joseph delve into other topics in the above video recorded Tuesday.

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  • Jon

    The corners played with terrible technique last year thanks to the now departed coach Roberts. We now have a former corner teaching our corners. There will no doubt be major improvements on defense. The play along the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball should also improve because of depth and three consecutive strong recruiting clases.

  • bva24

    Expect another season of Big 12 receivers running through our secondary like they aren't even there. I hope Trickett can sling it, because the offense will need to score a bunch of points.

  • MountainMover

    They were non-existent last year, they were a national joke. They have to be better because they can't get any worse. They have to forget about last year and mentally wipe the slate clean.

  • richard

    they better be more than just "in tune". they better be much improved and give 100 percent every play. this group seemed to not play at 100 percent most of the time last year and took plays off. they seemed slow too.