David Sills has reinvented himself as a football player and became one of the best wide receivers in the country.
Coming to the WVU football team as a quarterback, and exploring his options elsewhere for a time, David Sills is an interesting case and could go down as one of the most unique players in school history.
He can help that case by winning this year’s Biletnikoff Award. According to WVUsports.com, David Sills is a finalist for the award. There are nine other great receivers who have made the short list.
The full list includes Sills, Darren Andrews of UCLA, A.J. Brown of Ole Miss, Deontay Burnett of USC, Keke Coutee of Texas Tech, Michael Gallup of Colorado State, Steve Ishmael of Syracuse, Anthony Miller of Memphis, Trey Quinn of SMU and James Washington of Oklahoma State.
It’s elite company and Sills has certainly earned his spot to compete with the best of them. David Sills leads the country with 18 touchdown receptions. His grab midway through the second quarter against Kansas State was shown on highlight shows across the country. He has the knack to catch passes over the middle as well as extend his body to convert the seemingly impossible.
David Sills’ football IQ is what makes him the biggest threat. Other teams plan around him and he has to fight through double teams on most possessions. Sills handles the pressure well and the chemistry he has developed with quarterback Will Grier proves that he can’t just rely on his athleticism to make the big plays.
When Sills came to the Mountaineers a few years ago, he probably thought he’d be the one throwing all the touchdown passes, not necessarily catching them. Because of the way he transformed himself from a quarterback to a receiver should make the voters give him a second look.
David Sills has been able to put up astronomical numbers this season and his work is not done yet. By winning the Biletnikoff Award, it would be the finest catch of all.