Darius Stills has always lived in the shadows whether it is his brother’s or teammates’. With his junior season at West Virginia underway the oldest Stills brother is getting the opportunity to flourish.
In the season opener, the 6-foot-1, 292-pound defensive lineman had a dazzling performance. He had six tackles (three solo), a tackle for a loss and a sack.
However, it was his play on special teams that won him Special Teams Player of the Week, which included a blocked field goal in the first half.
“(Jeffrey) Pooler was on the outside. He pushed a guy back,” Stills said. “I just saw that gap open wide, reached my hand out and blocked it.”
Heading into the season, the Fairmont native was determined to make a name for himself and so far he is doing just that.
Both the Stills brothers have worked hard to become the best they can be.
“Darius and Dante have had really good fall camps,” Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown said. “They really have and they’re starting to take care of their bodies better. They’re starting to understand nutrition and what goes into it. They have a chance. The change of defensive schemes was probably as good for Darius Stills as anybody in our program because what we’re doing now really allows him to showcase his talent.”
With the nose tackle working to improve his body, it shows in his game. He puts his heart into every play and it shows on the field.
“I feel like after a play that emotion shows how hard you worked towards what you tried to accomplish,” Stills said. “I feel like I’ve worked so hard to get where I’m at right now, I’ve just got to let you all know that I’m here now. I’m ready to play and I’m going to give you guys my all every game.”