Chemistry Between Grier and Sills Could Pay Dividends For Mountaineers
Will Grier has several wide receivers that can put up star-studded performances but his connection with David Sills is undeniable.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The connection between West Virginia University’s Will Grier and David Sills is apparent. The two have a strong bond that a quarterback and a wide receiver should have.
Over the course of two weeks, Grier has found Sills for 16 receptions and five touchdowns.
While Grier has a great rapport with Gary Jennings, Ka’Raun White and Marcus Simms, he just looks the most comfortable with Sills.
“He’s a good player,” Grier said. “He runs good routes. He’s worked with (wide receivers coach Tyron) Carrier a lot on technique and it’s really paid off for him. And he just happens to be at the right place at the right time on a lot of his stuff. He’s a trustworthy guy. I’m going to keep feeding him. I’m going to feed all these guys. They’re good players but great people.”
In fact, Sills’ head coach knows just how dependable the junior wideout is.
“He’s Mr. consistency,” Dana Holgorsen said. “He’s the same guy in practice that he is out there. The kid loves football. He’s obviously one of Will’s main guys. They knew where 12 was today based on what he did last week, which you get another guy doing it. Ka’Raun (White) made some big catches I thought, especially on third down. Then you got Marcus (Simms) being able to take the top off it. I knew those were our top four guys. What David brings to the table more than anybody is a starting quarterback mentality. He’s an extremely hard worker.”
Since spring, the relationship between the two juniors has grown into something special. Grier has a lot of respect for Sills and vice versa.
“I think he has a respect for what I do being that he played the position for awhile,” Grier said. “He’s a football player to be able to move from quarterback to receiver and do as well as he’s doing. Some guys just have that kind of it factor and he’s one of those guys. He’s just a gritty football player.”
At 13, Sills became a quarterback prodigy but today he has found his niche on the opposite side of the spectrum.
In the Mountaineers’ win over East Carolina on Saturday, Sills was alone down the left sideline when Grier found him for a 75-yard touchdown right before halftime.
And it was the former quarterback himself that saw an opportunity to make that play happen.
“We were kind of talking about it on the sidelines about how they were playing our screen game and thought we could have an open shot if they both shot and we did,” Sills said. “And it became wide open. That was a result of a 75-yard touchdown.”
Grier doesn’t just have a great relationship with Sills but all the entire receiving corps. Thirteen players have caught at least one pass through two games. Jennings had a 189-yard performance against Virginia Tech in the season opener. White and Simms have also had some nice catches.
“I got a great group of guys,” Grier said. “They’re talented but they’re great people. It’s a lot of fun to work with them.”
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