More postseason awards coming in for David Sills


David Sills may have even surprised himself with the outstanding season he had for the WVU football team this season.

Thanks to his early chemistry with new quarterback Will Grier, Sills became an easy target. Not to be picked on, but to be passed to. Sills made Grier’s passes worthwhile with his sure hands, steady eyes and able body to catch passes and move the offense upfield.

David Sills was the Mountaineers’ top receiver and one of the best receivers in the Big 12 Conference. When it came to scoring touchdowns, there was not a better receiver out there. Sills caught 18 touchdown passes accounting for 112 points.

Those numbers turned into some great postseason accolades. David Sills was named on a pair of second-team All-American squads. His first first-team award came this week when The Sporting News put Sills on the list. Sills was on the second team of the Associated Press and Walter Camp lists.

This year, David Sills caught 60 passes for 980 yards. According to, he was also one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to college football’s top wide receiver. Sills had some competition for that award and the biggest challenger also comes from the Big 12 Conference. Sills was challenged by Oklahoma State’s James Washington, who was a consensus All-American and the eventual winner of the 2017 Biletnikoff.

The snub irked most of Mountaineer Nation, along with a former star wide receiver who also felt he was not given his proper due a few years ago when the Biletnikoff Awards was given out. Stedman Bailey voiced his displeasure on Twitter. He makes a great point that putting points on the board should account for something in this category. Nobody did that better than David Sills this season.

Now, the question is, will David Sills return next season for West Virginia? He has already left the school once, but by coming back to play wide receiver, instead of going to another school to play quarterback helped get his football-playing career back on the right track.

David Sills doesn’t owe anything else to West Virginia after the fine season he had this year. He could cap a nice career, though, by staying for the 2018 campaign. With Sills and Grier both back in the offense, it will be hard to stop the Mountaineers.

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It’s a big if, though, if Sills and Grier will both come back to help the WVU football team.