West Virginia’s coaching staff knows junior wide receiver David Sills V is the real deal, and opposing defenses are starting to treat him like it as well.
Defenses are paying more attention to the 6-foot-4 receiver, and his receptions have taken a hit because of it. He has only 5 catches in the past two games, but he did find the end zone once against Iowa State last Saturday.
West Virginia wide receivers coach Tyron Carrier was asked about defenses scheming to take Sills out of the equation. For Carrier, it just means he is ‘the guy.’
“I told him [defenses were going to scheme against him] like three weeks ago, that it was going to start happening and it’s been happening,” Carrier said during West Virginia’s Tuesday media session. “I told him ‘Kudos, you’re the guy now.'”
One benefit to teams scheming for Sills is missing out on West Virginia’s other talented pass catchers. Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital noted Ka’Raun White’s touchdown against Iowa State was partially a product of teams paying too much attention to Sills.
Sills is currently second on the team in receiving yards with 793 this season on 51 catches. He has a team-best 16 touchdowns, and he’s averaging 15.5 yards per reception. His emergence this season landed him on the Biletnikoff Award watch list in September, and he’s continued to be a strong asset to an explosive Mountaineers offense trying to claw it’s way back in the Big 12 title race.
Wets Virginia is at Kansas State on Saturday. The game will start at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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