Two WVU football players named to Biletnikoff list

LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 15: Gary Jennings
LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 15: Gary Jennings /

WVU football wide receivers David Sills and Gary Jennings are two of the best at their position. They are now being recognized for it.

This week, Sills and Jennings were named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List after their successful run in the first four games of the season. Sills and Jennings both have helped the progression of first-year quarterback Will Grier.

Grier is an exceptional talent on his own, but having Sills and Jennings to throw has made the whole offensive unit look good. The Mountaineers are putting up lots of points and racking up yards at a high rate.

Sills and Jennings are in the top 20 in all of college football in receiving yards. Sills is No. 16 with 396 yards on 26 catches and Jennings is No. 11 with 438 yards on 29 catches. Sills is tied for first in the country in receiving touchdowns with seven.

In the Big 12 Conference, Sills is first in scoring touchdowns with a total of 42 points on his seven touchdown catches. He is second in overall scoring with his 42 points behind Oklahoma State’s Matt Ammendola, a kicker.

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Jennings is second in the conference with 7.2 receptions per game and Sills has 6.5 receptions per game, which is third in the conference. The Mountaineers are loaded at receiver with Marcus Simms coming into his own now, too. Ka’Raun White and Reggie Roberson give Grier plenty to pass to.

This WVU football team will have to score a lot of points if it wants to compete for a Big 12 Championship. The defense has been shaky, even against lowly opponents like Kansas and Delaware State. When the big boys like TCU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma come to play, the Mountaineers need to go to a shootout because the defense hasn’t proven that it can stop a high-powered Division I offense.

Luckily, the Mountaineers have a high-powered offense and Sills and Jennings are a big reason why the team has been successful at this point of the season. If they continue on this trajectory, the WVU football team can continue to win games. Jennings and Sills can also be frontrunners for the Biletnikoff Award if this type of production continues.

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It’s a tribute to Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital for bringing talented receivers to Morgantown and developing a great offense around them. What Sills and Jennings are able to accomplish this season will bode well for future offensive stars coming to play for the WVU football team.