The Mountaineer roster has had its history of defections at quarterback ever since the Geno Smith era ended in Morgantown. In many ways, incumbent starting quarterback Skyler Howard owes the length of his career simply to outlasting his peers. After Clint Trickett suffered a concussion in the Mountaineer’s second to last game of 2014 season, Howard has been the primary commander under center. The semester prior to the 2014 season, fellow quarterback Ford Childress was suspended and ended up transferring to Fresno State. Quarterback Paul Millard redshirtted in 2014, but decided a graduate college rather than come back for a 2015 redshirt senior year.
It pays to survive in Morgantown.
Thursday’s news of David Sills wanting to transfer from WVU probably feels like a rite of off-season passage at this point to many Mountaineer fans. The sophomore quarterback-turned-receiver, you may remember, was the 13-yr old seventh grader who accepted a scholarship from USC’s then head coach Lane Kiffin. Last year, Sills took the path of Kansas great Kerry Meier and found his way onto the field as a wide out catching at least one pass in eight games. Sills was responsible for the go-ahead late touchdown reception in last year’s Cactus Bowl Victory.
According to Sills, the primary reason for transferring is because he wants to get back under center. There is no word on where he will end up, but he is looking at the JUCO ranks.
Though most feel confident in the two-deep without Sills, should a situation like the 2014 season play out, the 19th nationally rated pro-style QB from the 2015 class may have had the chance to be the next Ryan Tannehill or Trevone Boykin story of the wide out saving the day, month, or even season for WVU. While losing the third-string quarterback on the depth chart in June may seem easy to shrug off, it can garner a whole new perspective come late November, just ask Skyler Howard.