MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–One takeaway from Saturday’s annual Gold-Blue Spring Game was that Will Grier and David Sills mesh well together. And it’s a bond that could benefit WVU well come fall.
“That connection has been fun to watch,” Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said. “And over the course of the next two years it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.”
Grier completed 12-of-18 passes for 202 yards and Sills led the receivers with six receptions for 96 yards.
“He’s got complete control,” Holgorsen said of Grier. “He has a really good idea of what we want him to do offensively. His accuracy is outstanding. The one thing that you can’t see right now because we’re protecting him is his ability to be able to keep the play alive with scrambles and some quarterback run game. He’s better at that than you think because you think since he’s got such a good arm, you think he’s just a pocket guy. But he can move around and make some plays.”
Sills returned to Morgantown after spending a season playing quarterback at El Camino and fully commit to wideout.
Upon his arrival, the 6-foot-3, 201-pound junior began his bond with Grier.
“As soon as I got here I texted him and said and I’m ready to work,” Sills said. “All the receivers really have the same mindset going into the spring and also going into winter workouts last winter and everything. Just saying that we’re going to be the heartbeat of the team and we’re going to bring the energy and everything like that. So the timing and working on our hands and everything like that just in the winter and the spring has really been good for us and kick started us into the spring and the end of the spring. So we are in a good position going into summer.”
The duo could be a real force come fall.
“It’s just about the continuity of them knowing where each other is going to be and that shows,” junior wide receiver Gary Jennings said.
During the spring game, Sills made his first appearance at outside receiver instead of his customary inside receiver spot.
“We started David Sills at the outside receiver position, which he had not even done yet this entire spring,” WVU offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said. “I thought he did a really good job of how he handled it. I thought the continuity with Gary Jennings, David Sills, even Ricky (Rogers). I thought that was pretty impressive with the first group.”
As summer progresses, Sills will develop into his own.
“David is going to keep getting better,” Holgorsen said. “He’s committed to playing receiver now, and he gets better every day. I mean, he’s disappointed in himself right now because he didn’t make a couple of the plays that you thought he could have (made). I thought it was a pretty good spring game for him.”
While the Wilmington, Del. native is learning a new position on the field, he credits his time at quarterback as an aid.
“It’s hard to put into words how much it helps,” Sills said. “If I see a safety rolling over top of me or something like that, I know Will (Grier) is seeing it. He knows I’m seeing it. So I know where to go and he’ll know where to go. But honestly all the receivers are at that point as well. Coach (Tyron) Carrier has done a great job with us, learning where to be and where Will expects us to be as well. So just reppin in the spring and working on it and we’ll be able to rep it in the summer and just keep getting better.”
Now, Sills is 100 percent devoted to the receiver position.
“I told coach Spav (Jake Spavital) you can put me anywhere on the field,” he said. “I just want to be on the field helping the team and he’s taking that 100 percent and putting me wherever he thinks best fits me and I am open to really anywhere.”
With Grier and Sills at the helm of the offense, the Mountaineers are poised to make some noise in the Big 12 the next two seasons.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS