Saturday, October 22, 2016

K.J. Dillon, Passion for the Game

(Feature photo by Kelsie VanderWijst of

It goes to show that anything can happen in college football. Starting with the Texas A&M win over number three ranked Auburn 41-38 last weekend. When it comes to West Virginia football, no one expected a successful season after coming off from a 4-8 2013 record. They hung Alabama and Oklahoma who were in the top five at the time.

At week nine, West Virginia Football was 6-2 overall, 4-1 in the Big 12 facing Oklahoma State. WVU left Stillwater, Oklahoma victors 34-10. Everything has seemed to go downhill since, with two straight losses to Big 12 opponents TCU and Texas. One defensive player win or lose that really seemed to play with heart is #9 K.J. Dillon.


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Dillon is WVU’S 6’1’’ 206 lb. junior Safety from Apopka, Florida. His 2013 sophomore season, Dillon only played in nine games, but put up some impressive numbers. He finished the season with 28 tackles, including 28 solo stops, three tackles for a loss, a fumble recovery. Also, he led the team with six pass breakups.

2013 Season STATS: ~Tied career high pass breakups (2) vs. Texas ~Tied a season high in total tackles (6) at TCU ~Set career highs in unassisted tackles (6) and total tackles (6) at Baylor ~Tied for third on team in tackles at Baylor ~Recovered first career fumble vs. Maryland ~Third on team with tackles (6) vs. Oklahoma State ~Tallied a career-high two pass breakups at Oklahoma

Dillon was a huge factor for the defensive stops in the disappointing loss to TCU with one interception, two assisted tackles, and four solo tackles. During this game, Dillon had an impressive hit on TCU running back B.J. Catalon. See it here:

During this 2014 season, Dillon has made some critical plays in wins and close losses. His first interception this season came in a close win over Texas Tech 37-34. At the beginning of just the second quarter, the Red Raiders were about to score to take a sizable lead on the Mountaineers, but Dillon intercepted Webb’s pass at the nine yard line. The Mountaineers after being down 34-20 with 7:32 left in the game, came back to take the victory.(Facts courtesy of

After the TCU loss, WVU traveled to take on the Texas, Longhorns coming out with the fourth loss of the season, 33-16. Dillon seemed to be having a rough game, and in the fourth quarter it got worse. When Texas scored with 3:06 in the fourth quarter, with Dillon getting ejected for an unsportsman like penalty. Luckily for him, the Big 12 decided not to suspend him for the first-half of the Kansas State game.

Career Statistics:

STATS Solo Assists Total Sacks Interceptions
2014 Season 26 12 38 1 2
Career 64 23 87 1 2

(Facts courtesy of *defensive tackle statistics are not official)

Fans hope to see WVU bounce back this Thursday night, at the final home game for the 2014 season at Milan Puskar Stadium. Can Dillon and the defense, alongside Trickett and the offense dig deep to find the heart to rally the Mountaineers past KSU? Find out Thursday night on Fox Sports 1.

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Written by Kelsie VanderWijst/ staff writer at

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