Stills, Smith Continue WVU Defensive Honors March With AP All-America Selections
West Virginia University senior defensive deal with Darius Stills and sophomore spear Tykee Smith have been named to the Associated Press All-America First and Third Teams, respectively.
Stills, the Huge 12 Protective Lineman of the Year and All-Big 12 First-Team honoree by the coaches and the AP, was called a first-team All-American selection by USA Today, Bleacher Report and ESPN and second group by The Athletic. Smith was called to Pro Football Focus’ First Group All-America team and was an All-Big 12 First string selection by the AP.
Stills ends up being the first Mountaineer to make AP All-America First Team honors considering that Tavon Austin was honored in 2012. He, and Smith, mark the first set of WVU players to earn an area on one of the three groups because 2018 (David Long Jr. – 2nd group, David Sills V – 3rd team), the fifth duo of Mountaineer gamers to earn an area on one of the AP teams and 17th and 18th WVU gamers to earn a spot on the AP group considering that 2000.
Stills is among simply three Huge 12 players on the AP initially team. He was joined by Iowa State running back Breece Hall and Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai.
Stills was the first WVU defensive lineman to earn AP First-Team All-America honors in school history and the 11th West Virginia gamer to make a selection on the AP first-team.
Stills finished the 2020 regular season with 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and an interception. He likewise registered 10.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss over the past 2 seasons. Stills was a semifinalist for the 2020 Lott Effect Award, given to college football’s top protective player on and off the field and a semifinalist for the Senior CLASS Award. He made the Chuck Bednarik Player of the Week Award, Reese’s Elder Bowl and Co-Big 12 Player of the Week (Oct. 6) when he registered four takes on, including 3 unassisted takes on, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 takes on for loss against Baylor.
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Smith is tied for the team lead in interceptions (2 ), 2nd in tackles for loss (8.0) and tied for second in takes on (61) and solo deals with (33 ). He completed with six or more tackles in the last 8 video games of the season, consisting of a season-high 9 takes on against TCU. He had two tackles for loss against Kansas and Texas Tech and registered an interception that led WVU to the double-overtime triumph against Baylor.
Smith was chosen as one of the top defensive backs in the country while in some way being disregarded on the Big 12’s all-conference very first and junior varsities, which consisted of a total of 10 defensive backs.
West Virginia (5-4) deals with Army-West Point (9-2) in the 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, December 31, at 4 p.m., ET The contest will be televised by ESPN.