With everyone getting into the football mindset and the new season fast approaching, there are several Mountaineers who are players to watch this season.
Defensive lineman Dante Stills, quarterback JT Daniels, and wide receivers Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Sam James have all been placed on the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List. This obviously means these players are not only expected to have an impact on the team this year, but are also players who could be drafted into the NFL.
𝙎𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙧 𝘽𝙤𝙬𝙡 𝙒𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝 𝙇𝙞𝙨𝙩
— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) August 24, 2022
The Senior Bowl is a post-season college football all-star game played annually in late January or early February in Mobile, Alabama, which showcases the best NFL Draft prospects.
Stills is returning for his final season at West Virginia after declining to leave for the NFL. The defensive tackle has been peppered with praise from all corners, making multiple preseason All-American and All-Conference teams and being placed on watch lists for national individual awards.
Last season, he had a career high in tackles for loss with 15 and tied a career high in sacks with seven.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound transfer spent two seasons at Georgia in 2020-21, compiling a 7-0 record as a starter. Prior to his stint in Athens, Daniels ran into current WVU offensive coordinator Graham Harrell during his pair of seasons playing for USC in 2018-19.
The wide receiver is entering his redshirt-senior year. He has a combined 61 catches for 866 yards and six touchdowns across two seasons of playing time. He will be eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft.
James has been with West Virginia since 2018, but only appeared in four games that year and was redshirted. He broke out in 2019, his redshirt freshman season, when he was named as a All-Big 12 Team honorable mention. In 12 games that year he caught 69 passes for 677 years and two touchdowns. He is looking to have another big year to close his college career after dropping off since 2019.