MORGANTOWN W.Va- While the Stills brothers represent a typical brother rivalry in the United States, their situation is anything from ordinary.
Darius and Dante Stills have both broken out during the 2019 season as two of the top defensive linemen in the Big 12, following in the footsteps of their father, Mountaineer legend and nine-year NFL veteran Gary Stills.
Through the first eight games, the Darius and Dante duo have created a brother-brother duo that is seemingly unmatched in college football.
The sibling rivalry has led in a combined thirteen sacks among the two through the first eight games of their breakout 2019 season and have put their names on the radar of the college football world using a simple phrase.
“Meet me there, beat me there.”
Hailing from just 20 miles down the road, the rivalry took them from nearby Fairmont, and led them to the biggest stage in the state of West Virginia, playing together at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The two put on a show Thursday night against Baylor, alternating punches on the Bears offensive line and leading a defense that put out their best showing of the season while holding Charlie Brewer and company to just 17 points.
With a three-sack, eight tackle performance against the Bears, Darius was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week by The Draft Network, and even received a shoutout by Mountaineer and current Panthers linebacker Bruce Irvin on Twitter.
Despite the frustrations of last Thursday’s close loss at Baylor, Darius has kept his head up and sprung into a leadership role for the Mountaineers this season.
“Games like (Baylor), people tend to get down about a lot of things. I’m a little down too, but as a leader of this team, I have to remain calm and humble about stuff,” said Darius. I have to coach these guys up and make sure they’re staying on the right track and not getting too down on themselves.”
Coming off the Baylor game, the defense will look to bring the same energy against Texas Tech this Saturday, this time with the Mountaineer faithful behind them, feeding off every play.
The Mountaineers will play host to the Red Raiders this Saturday. Kickoff is at noon, and the game will be televised on ESPN2