Darius Stills announces he will stay for senior year

WVU Mountaineers

One of West Virginia’s top performers in 2019 will be staying for his senior year.

After leading the Mountaineers with 7 sacks en route to an All-Big 12 First Team honor, Darius Stills stated on Twitter on Sunday that he was going to ponder his future.

The current junior then followed up on Friday with a confirmation: he will stay for his senior season.

“These past 3 years having the opportunity to live out my childhood dreams of playing football and being able to showcase my talents for West Virginia University holds a special place in my heart & I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” he said on Twitter. “With all that said and after talking with God and my family, I have decided to forgo the 2020 NFL Draft and return for my senior season.”

His sack totaled was matched by just one other Mountaineer — his brother, Dante, who just finished his sophomore season.

2019 was a breakout year for Stills, a native of Fairmont. After feeling “overlooked” for much of his life, he saw his junior year as an opportunity to make a name for himself.

“Growing up with a younger brother that has had more attention than I have, at first it was kind of irritating,” he said in August. “But then again, it’s like, okay, I’d rather be me than Dante because I feel as the older brother the pressure should be more on my shoulders than anybody else’s like my family…and instead of just getting sad about it, I’ve put a chip on my shoulder and tried to prove everybody wrong.”

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