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Darius Stills named Big 12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year

The accolades are beginning to roll in for the second-generation Mountaineer

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West Virginia Mountaineers defensive tackle Darius Stills has been named the Big 12’s Defensive Lineman of the Year, as announced by the conference this afternoon.

Stills finished the 2020 season with 22 total tackles (11 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in eight games, finishing his career as a Mountaineer with 81 total tackles (47 solo), 25.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.

Stills was named Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year prior to the season, and held All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2019. The second-generation Mountaineer standout has also been named as a finalist for the 17th Annual Lott IMPACT Trophy presented by the Pacific Club Impact Foundation, an honor bestowed upon college football’s defensive IMPACT player of the year.

The Fairmont, WV native announced last week that he’ll be entering into the 2021 NFL Draft, as expected, rather than taking the NCAA up on the offer of an additional year of eligibility that was extended to all college athletes.