Friday, October 21, 2016

Football Smart Quarterbacks Fight in Practice to Win Starter Position

(Morgantown, WV)

With the starting position likely still up for grabs, WVU’s roster of quarterbacks continue to work hard on and off the field in the fight for the starting job.

Here is a short clip of a quarterback drill from yesterday’s spring practice #9:


David                              Sills

David Sills #2

Chris Chugunov  #12

Chris Chugunov #12

Chugunov is a freshman coming from Skillman, NJ at 6’1”, 192 pounds. He was a four-year letter winner in high school finishing his career with 6,308 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His senior season he was named to the 2014 New Jersey All-State Second Team, New Jersey All-Group 5 First Team, and the All-Mid-State 38 Conference First Team.  He was ranked by ESPN as the No. 27 player in New Jersey.

Sills is also a freshman and is from Elkton, Maryland at 6’3”, 198 pounds. In 2013 he was named to the Maryland Consensus All-State and the 2013 Maryland Private School All-State First team. He was also named to the MaxPreps U.S. AirForce Second Team Freshman All-American in 2011. ESPN had him ranked the No. 14 player in Maryland and No. 25 ranked quarterback.


William                            Crest, Jr.

William Crest Jr. #16

Skyler                             Howard

Skyler Howard #3

Crest is a redshirt-freshman from Baltimore, Maryland and is 6’2”, 218 pounds. He played in one game for WVU in 2014, but received a medical redshirt after a season-ending shoulder injury. In high school, he was named to the 2013 Maryland All-State First Team quarterback where he completed 122-216 passes for 2,232 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran 672 yards and eight touchdowns, and helped to lead his team to two state championships and three state playoff appearances.

Howard is a junior from Fort Worth, Texas standing at 6’0”, 202 pounds who has played in four games at WVU. He was the starter twice after Clint Trickett was injured and decided to retire. Howard played at Riverside City College out of high school where he helped lead his team to a 10-2 record, the National Division Central Conference Championship and an appearance in the California State Championship game.

When Dana Holgerson met with the media before Saturday’s open practice, he had positive remarks to say about his quarterbacks. When asked about their ability in the classroom and on the field he said “Yeah, smart kids really. Skyler is football smart. William is football smart. David and Chugs are guys that I am still getting to know really because they have only been on campus for about eight practices. Those guys are smart kids and are absorbing things.”

He goes on to talk about David Sills, “I repped David Sills on Thursday a good bit and he did some good things with the run game, he is still trying to get better in the pass game, he needs a lot of work on that.” Coach also mentioned that Chugs would see some thirteen reps in Saturday’s practice.

Skyler Howard met with the media following the open practice and when asked about this spring overall he said, “Every practice I try to do things better than last practice. I ask myself what can I do better than the other guys. I try to look at myself more than anything.”

He was then asked how the offense did in practice and he talked about their energy. “We had a good attitude. Everyone I saw was talking about getting some energy today. We didn’t just want to go out there and practice.”

He continued by saying that they did not have a lot of energy last week, “The defense likes to yell and stuff when they make plays, so we wanted to put that in their face a little bit today.”

Howard mentioned how the coaches relay that they need a lot of energy. He concluded, “(Redshirt-senior tight end/fullback) Cody Clay was yelling the number of touchdowns we had, that’s his thing. He loves doing that stuff.”

Holgerson is hoping that a starter will emerge out of his group . He also knows that it could take until the start of the season for his whole team to be ready, “We are continuing to evaluate. It is going to be a long process by far. You won’t see a finished product by today. You won’t see one by the spring game. You will see one hopefully sometime by the first game.”

Information from: wvusports.com and interviews from before and after practice on 4.11.15.

Roster photos from: wvusports.com.


Edited by Michael Walker










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