WVU’s Sills Ready To Show Growth Versus Virginia Tech

WVU’s Sills Ready To Show Growth Versus Virginia Tech


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – If David Sills wanted a test in his first game back as a receiver at the major college level, he got it.

The wideout, fresh off a junior college season chasing his dream of playing quarterback, has set a new one in trying to catch touchdowns instead of throw them. The junior will match his developing skill set against among the nation’s better secondaries, one which returns three starters, including both corners.

“I think their whole defense as a unit is very good,” Sills said. “I know (cornerbacks) coach (Brian) Mitchell is there, who was here a couple years ago. He was a great coach here and I know he’s coaching those guys there to be very good corners, they have a lot of experience at the corner position. We’re just gonna work out game plan and do everything that we can do to beat them.”

Which entails establishing a passing balance to the run game the Mountaineers are expected to ride. Tech allowed just 22.8 points per game on average last season, and gave up just 200 yards passing per outing. With Brandon Facyson and Greg Stroman at corner, and free safety Terrell Edmunds, the Hokies look to increase their 16 interceptions of a year ago – the second-most in the ACC.

Wide receiver David Sills

Sills is a key, as he showed a budding chemistry with new starting quarterback Will Grier in catching six passes for 96 yards in the spring game in April. The two have further honed the timing over the summer, and it looks as though Sills will be Grier’s preferred target early.

“I’m very confident in Will, and the coaches and the rest of the team are very confident that he’ll have a great game on Sunday and a great rest of the season.” Sills said. “He’s proven it in practice. He’s proven to be a leader for the team. He’s done everything you would expect in a great quarterback. I think he’s going to have a great season.

“I’ve grown a lot as a player, as a person, and in everything else since the spring game,” Sills added. “I think we had a great summer. I think we really got good timing in together, all the receivers. We worked really hard in the weight room, on the field. I think the summer was great. Coach (Tyron) Carrier helped me with a lot over the summer and during fall camp with technique and how to become a better receiver. It’s really transferred over. We’ve done a lot of film study, just watching one-on-one’s and stuff like that. We’ve looked at different ways to make your game better and I think that’s transferred over onto the field.”

 During the offseason , Sills gained praise from coaches and players on his development and high work ethic, even being nicknamed “Coach Sills” by offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. That’s carried into the fall, as the 6-foot-4, 203-pounder easily captured the starting ‘X’ receiver spot on the outside.
“It’s really one thing that my parents instilled since I was young.” Sills said. “They always taught me how to work hard and how to really just be the hardest worker on the field and off the field. That’s really how I try to attack every day. I’m playing receiver now and haven’t been doing it as long as some of the other guys. I felt that I was a little behind. I just had to work a little bit harder to get to where I am now and be the best that I can be.”