MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Last season, Mountaineer fans got quite a surprise when freshman quarterback David Sills tried his hand at the wide receiver position and faired quite well, catching seven passes for 131 total yards and two touchdowns including the game-winning score to beat Arizona State 43-42 in the Cactus Bowl.
Though Sills’ tall 6-foot-4 stature allows him to excel at the wideout position, the Delaware native says his heart is set on contributing more as a signal caller this season, and likely for the rest of his tenure, at WVU.
“Well, right now I am working hard at both positions,” Sills said. “My heart is at quarterback. That’s what I want to do. That’s what I came here to play. I’m trying to keep getting better and better at the quarterback position, but I’m also trying to help the team, be a better team and help them at receiver.”
Looking back at his football past, it’s not hard to see that Sills thrives in quarterback mode. While in middle school, he was already developing the work ethic and mentality of a collegiate-level quarterback. As a seventh-grader, he made a verbal commitment to play for one of college football’s top programs at the University of Southern California.
Sills eventually decommitted from USC, re-opened his recruitment, and took a path that led him straight to the mountains of West Virginia where he’s quickly become a crucial asset to Dana Holgorsen’s offense. His first season of playing multiple positions was hectic. Now that he has some experience under his belt and a clear picture of where he wants to see snaps, things are heading in a positive direction.
“Last spring coming in early, my head was spinning,” said Sills. “Just taking quarterback reps, it didn’t feel comfortable, getting the offense and everything like that. Coach Holgorsen was giving me signals, and it was just running through my head. I was just trying not to mess up. This spring, I can settle down a little bit and play and not have to think as much.”
With the addition of former Florida quarterback Will Grier (who will be eligible sometime in 2017), it’s uncertain who will get the Mountaineers’ starting role after senior Skyler Howard graduates. Though WVU’s current quarterback roster is crowded, don’t count Sills out as a potential future starter.