While West Virginia fans were generally optimistic about Dante Stills returning to the Mountaineers for 2021, it wasn’t a slam dunk until Saturday, when he announced, officially, he would be back next fall.
The announcement came on Twitter, where Stills simply shared a graphic with the words, “Job’s not done.”
This news comes a few weeks after his brother, Darius Stills, announced he would be heading to the NFL Draft.
The Still brothers made up for one of the most productive defensive fronts in the Big 12, which helped the Mountaineers become of the best defenses in the conference in 2020.
During Dante Stills’ junior season in 2020, he piled up 35 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and one blocked kick in nine games.
Head coach Neal Brown and the Mountaineers now return nine of 11 defensive starters that helped the team finish the season 5-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12. However, if the Mountaineers are going to take that next step in the Big 12 Conference, it won’t be the defense that holds them back, it will be an offense that still needs to take that next step.
Even after a solid win in the Liberty Bowl over Army, it’s clear the Mountaineers need to figure out the offensive side of the ball, most notably the quarterback position, before we can call them a Big 12 contender.
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