WVU’s Sills On Record TD Catch Pace
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — He is in many ways like a comic book hero, lacking only the cape and a large “S” on his chest, this kid we have come to know as David Sills V.
As he emerges from his own “phone booth”, which is the West Virginia University football locker room, you almost expect to hear the public address system blurt out:
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Sills!
And then back again to the public address announcer saying:
Yes, it’s Super Sills, strange visitor from another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Super Sills, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as David Sills V, mild-mannered student at WVU, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.
Really, 12 touchdown receptions in six games, tied for second most in a season in West Virginia history … a bird, a plane … mostly though he’s a receiver.
He is a touchdown machine, too slick to cover with Velcro hands and a burning desire to success.
You wouldn’t expect to see him be as driven as he is for off the field he a religious kid who doesn’t seem very excitable, polite and cooperative with media and fans beyond what you ever expect to see from anyone in this day and age.
But once that locker room door opens …
“The success he is having is not surprising to me,” Coach Dana Holgorsen, the man who converted him from a quarterback to wide receiver, said. “I’ve had confidence him since the day we got him here.
“He’s one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever been around. His football intellect is really good. He thinks he’s the best. His mentality is ‘They can’t cover me. I am the baddest dude out there.’”
And he is.
What happens when he walks on the field?
“I go out there everyday and try to be great,” David Sills V said. “Why play this sport if you are not going to go out there and push yourself to the limits and be the best you can be. In the game, you want to be physical and do everything you can to win the game. You put your body on the line. Thats what I do.”
You wouldn’t imagine it, but Kobe Bryant has had something to do with David Sills V approach and success.
“Mamba mentality is a constant quest to find answers,” Bryant, the former Laker great, once explained. “It’s that infinite curiosity to want to be better, to figure things out. Mamba mentality is you’re going, you’re competing, you’re not worried about the end result.
“You’re not worried about what people may say. You’re not worried about disappointing others. You’re not worried about any of that, you’re just focused on being in the moment. That’s what mamba mentality truly is.”
As this season has worn on, Sills has become more emotional, not yet breaking out a touchdown dance but celebrate loudly with his teammates on his and their successes.
“We’re getting into the heart of the season. All the plays mean something. After every big play I try to be emotional. The whole team feeds off of it,” he explained.
“When you are in the game something takes over. I’m not the same kind of guy I am right now. When you make a play, not just for your team but for the whole state, that mentality takes over.”
It’s been fun to watch, a fun story to report, a fun story for him to live … now if only we can get someone to put out that Super Sills comic book.