Nov 16, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Tony Pierson (3) runs for yardage against West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Isaiah Bruce (31) and safety Karl Joseph (8) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Two Big 12 Defenders Rated "Biggest Hitters" In CFB


The National Football League’s official website (NFL.com) on Monday published an article on the “Biggest Hitters”  as part of its “14 for 14″ series on college football. Junior linebacker Eric Striker of Oklahoma is No. 10 on the list, but the player rated No. 1 on the lost is West Virginia safety Karl Joseph.

Mike Huguenin, the author of the article, had this to say about West Virginia’s Joseph: “He is better in run support than he is in coverage – maybe not the best thing if you are a free safety – but opposing players must make sure they know where he is because, man, Joseph hits a ton. Quite simply, he’s a tough guy who loves to deliver a big hit.

“He lacks consistency as a coverage guy and frequently spends too much time looking for the big hit,” Huguenin says, but did we mention that Joseph hits a ton?”lb-eric-striker-oklahoma_pg_600

About Striker, Huguenin writes: “Come on – with that name, he has to be a big hitter. Just ask former Alabama QB AJ McCarron, who was terrorized by Striker in OU’s upset of the Tide in last season’s Sugar Bowl.

“Striker is known for his pass rush abilities; he is on the short side (6-0, 220 pounds) for a pass rusher, but he overcomes his lack of height with good speed off the edge. And when he gets where he’s going, chances are he’s delivering a big blow.”

Striker also made a “14 for 14″ series list on the “Scariest Players in College Football.” Bryan Fischer wrote that article for NFL.com, and Striker appears at No, 7 on the list.

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