Sills Opts For Completion At WVU
David Sills V never liked incompletions.
Not back when he was quarterbacking and not now that he’s a receiver, and so it was Sills wasn’t about to leave his work at West Virginia University incomplete.
The All-American wide receiver and national leader with 18 touchdown receptions this year has, to the surprise of no one who knows him, decided to return to the Mountaineers next year to latch up with quarterback Will Grier and see just what horizons they can reach.
“After talking with my family and my coaches and taking time in prayer, I have decided to return for my senior season at West Virginia University,” Sills said in his announcement.
“I look forward to our bowl game, and having another year with my teammates here in Morgantown. It is important to me to finish what I started in the classroom and help our program win a Big 12 championship. WVU holds a special place in my heart, and I am looking forward to seeing what this team can accomplish next year.”
This statement says a lot about Sills.
He is not your average kid.
Yes, he is at WVU with the idea of making it to the NFL, but he hasn’t been one of those guys in any hurry. He accepted what curves the world threw at him … quarterback, receiver, quarterback at junior college, no takers, back to receiver at WVU.
He learned a new craft, a difficult craft. He had to learn routes and how to block and accept that he was playing on Will Grier’s team and not his own.
He never sulked. Never saw any of the setbacks as anything other than a fork in the road, always being willing to take the other road toward success.
Certainly, he didn’t go into it as a know-it-all despite the early fame that came his way at 13 when USC offered him a scholarship. He not only talked with his family and his coaches, he was open to their advice.
And that talk about prayer, it was an important part of his decision making process, just as it has an important part of his life.
The truth is that there was little or no doubt that he would return, and that was erased when Grier said he was coming back.
Sills understood he was an unfinished product and that he was borderline NFL after only one full year as a receiver. The potential was begging to be reached, not as a college receiver, but as a professional receiver who could survive in the jungle that is the NFL.
What’s more, when he says it was important to him to finish what he started in the classroom and to help his teammates’ quest for a Big 12 title, that is not just talk.
He is that kind of person. He is family. He is team.
And he and Grier built a special bond right from the time he returned and joined Grier for off-season workouts, each pushing the other in long, hot workouts over the summer until both were thinking alike, creating a bond that was as true as Grier’s passes.
“David proved this year that he can be one of the best receivers in college football,” West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Another season will help him improve in all areas, and I know our fans will be excited to see him team up with Will Grier for another year.”
Sills was a finalist in the Biletnikoff Award voting after catching 60 balls for 980 yards and 28 touchdowns. He averaged a solid 16.3 yards a catch and put together four games in which he surpassed 100 receiving yards.
With it all, he knows he needs one more year to prep. Late in the season, against Big 12 opponents who had come to realize how dangerous he is, he saw advanced defenses that concentrated on him and his production dropped out of the super human to the human category.
He comes back as part of a receiving package that included 212 receptions, 2,836 yards and 25 touchdowns going into the Heart of Dallas Bowl game on December 26.
With Sills, Gary Jennings and Marcus Simms returning, Grier has to be considered a Heisman candidate.