The @biletnikoffawrd has added Mountaineer receivers @_gman12 and @DS5_ to its 2017 watch list #HailWV pic.twitter.com/04qUj3UqIU— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) September 26, 2017
Heading into the season, there was at least a little trepidation regarding the West Virginia Mountaineers receiving corp. The two leading receivers from the 2016 season, Daikiel Shorts and Shelton Gibson were lost to the NFL. Jovon Durante, a starter since his freshman season, transferred. Ka’Raun White was the leading returning receiver with 48 catches for 598 yards. The group did not inspire a lot of confidence.
Through four games, the receiving corp has become one of the strongest units on the team. Gary Jennings and David Sills have been the largest beneficiary of quarterback Will Grier’s strong play. Through four games, Gary Jennings is 13th nationally in receptions (29) and 11th nationally in yards (438).
David Sills has matched his teammate. Through four games Sills is 19th nationally in receptions (26), 16th nationally in yards (396) and tied for 1st nationally in touchdown receptions (7).
Thanks to those stats, the two receivers were just officially added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List today.
Currently Jennings is on pace to challenge Kevin White’s standing in receiving yards. White is second all time in single season receiving yards. His 2014 season produced a ridiculous 1,447 yards which helped him to finish 2nd in the Biletnikoff and become the #7 pick of the Chicago Bears.
Sills is on pace to challenge Stedman Bailey’s 2012 single season record of 25 touchdown catches. Right now Sills is on pace for 23 touchdowns with a bowl game.
The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the season’s outstanding college football receiver regardless of position (the award defines receiver as any player who catches a pass hence, tight ends, slot receivers and backs, inside receivers, wide receivers, split ends, and running backs are eligible) by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.