The accolades continue to pile up for West Virginia Mountaineers defensive tackle Darius Stills. He was named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year along with making the All Big-12 First Team. Now he can add ESPN All-American to his college resume.
Stills has been a fixture on West Virginia’s defensive line since his true freshman season in Morgantown but emerged the past two seasons as one of the top interior defensive linemen in college football. The 6-1, 285-pound senior was named Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year this season and plays with uncanny leverage and quickness. He finished with 7.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks, and intercepted a pass.
Fans will remember his defensive play of the year, a sprawled-out interception against Kansas. Sills has announced he will leave WVU for the NFL. 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.