WVU football’s David Sills is a top ten national receiver


David Sills could have been a quarterback at USC right now. He made the right decision to choose West Virginia, stay at West Virginia and become a top offensive threat for the WVU football team.

Even as a 13-year-old, David Sills had the physical makeup of a Division I football player. It looked like he was going to be a quarterback. Now, Sills doesn’t just look like a Division I football player, he is one. And he doesn’t look like quarterback.

Sills is a wide receiver. A top ten receiver, at that. After two games to start the young 2017 season, David Sills has 16 receptions for 247 yards and five touchdowns.

He is a favorite target of WVU’s new quarterback Will Grier and he is a joy for the coaching staff to utilize in many ways. Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and wide receivers coach Tyron Carrier have intentionally used him prevalently this early on.

"“He’s an assassin inside, the way he can use technique to get open,” Carrier told WVMetronews.“The kid always ends up being in the right place at the right time,” Spavital told WVMetronews."

David Sills has had those right football instincts since he was 13. He has the right football lineage with his father being instrumental in his development. Sills has grown even more under WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen because he fully has accepted his role as a receiver.

He may be a professional receiver in the next couple of years if he keeps up this torrid pace with the Mountaineers. Sills is in elite class so far in the 2017 season.

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After two games, he is No. 12 in the country in receiving yards. That’s the highest mark of any Big 12 player. A.J. Brown of Mississippi owns the top spot with 389 yards. Sills is No. 10 in the country in receiving yards per game as he is averaging 123.5 yards per game. Brown owns the top spot in this category, too, with 194.5 per game.

Sills is No. 1, well tied for the top spot, in the country with five receiving touchdowns. Darren Andrews of UCLA and SMU’s Cortland Sutton also each have five receiving TDs.

Sills comes in at No. 16 in the country in receptions per game with eight, tied with seven others. As highly rated as Sills is, there is one teammate beating him in the receptions per game category. Thanks to his breakout game against Virginia Tech, Gary Jennings has 8.5 receptions per game, which ties him for 12th in the country.

Sills and Jennings are the team’s two best wide receivers right now. The WVU football team was put in an awkward position with Shelton Gibson bypassed his senior year and Marcus Simms was suspended for the first game of the season. But with Sills and Jennings emerging as nationally rated receivers, the Mountaineers are in a pretty good position in the passing game.

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Sills and Jennings are Grier’s top two targets. But with Grier continuously slinging the ball across the field, Sills and Jennings may be the top two targets in the country.