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QB David Sills Makes Huge Plays at Wide Receiver

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David Sills makes a catch vs Baylor (credit Jeff Ruff, BGS)

All-American high school quarterback and true freshman for the Mountaineers David Sills enrolled at West Virginia in January of 2015 .

Out of his high school career, Sills was ranked as the No. 14 player in Maryland and the No. 25 ranked quarterback by ESPN despite missing most of his senior season due to a broken ankle.

His story is quite unique as he received an offer from Lane Kiffin (former USC head coach) in 2010 as 13-year-old seventh-grader. Sills accepted the offer making him the youngest player ever to commit to a major football university. However, with the firing of Kiffin, Sills reopened his recruitment and committed to WVU.

“Everything I looked for in a college … all pointed right back to West Virginia,” Sills said a few days after his announcement. “I have two former teammates there—one that I’m very, very close with (Daikiel Shorts, an ECA alum who led the Mountaineers in receptions last year). The coaches were always straight and upfront with me, and said I could come in as a freshman and compete for the starting job.” (Quote courtesy of

#15 David Sills at WVU Blue Gold Game Photo Courtesy: BGS photographer Kelsie VanderWijst

Even though Sills did not get the starting job over Skyler Howard, the coaching staff found a role on the offense Saturday afternoon against Baylor; wide receiver. Not only was he in the game, but he made some huge plays that kept the Mountaineers in the game in the first half and added some points in the second.

His first collegiate catch came in the start of the second quarter with a 29 yard reception to convert on a 3rd and 15 at the Baylor 35. This play set up the Cody Clay touchdown. Sills did not stop there.

His second completion came with 9:44 in the third with his first receiving touchdown for 35 yards. At that point, West Virginia was only down 34-24. Sills seemed to be on a role in his first collegiate game as a wide receiver; however, after his touchdown Skyler Howard threw for Sills five more times but were all incomplete.

Dana Holgorsen commented in the post-game press conference about Sills and when he decided to try the new role for the Mountaineers roster. “When I watched him in scout team become probably the best receiver on the team. I approached him, his attitude is he will do whatever it takes to help the team. I wouldn’t shut the door on qb in the future… he’s a really good football player.”

Holgorsen was also asked about what he saw in Sills performance at WR besides his athleticism, “He makes plays. Kinda the point of being a receiver, run routes and make catches and make plays.”

With the success Sills had, he may continue to see the field as WVU travels back to Texas to take on #3 TCU on Thursday, October 29th @7:30 p.m.

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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