MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (December 7, 2018) – West Virginia University senior wide receiver David Sills V and redshirt junior linebacker David Long Jr. were named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team, as announced by the organization.
The duo become the 22nd and 23rd Mountaineers to be named to Walter Camp’s All-America team. Long Jr. and Sills V also became WVU’s 39th and 40th All-America selections since 2002. The program now has 105 All-Americans overall.
Additionally, Long Jr. was named to The Athletic All-America team, while freshman defensive lineman Dante Stills was named to The Athletic Freshman All-America team on Thursday.
Sills V has grabbed a team-leading 61 receptions this season for 898 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally in receiving touchdowns, and he is the only player to record multiple 15-receiving touchdown seasons in WVU history. The All-Big 12 First Team selection is averaging 14.7 yards per catch in 2018, with a long of 65 yards.
The selection marks the second time Sills V has been named to the Walter Camp All-America team in his career. He also was a second-team selection in 2017.
Long Jr., the 2018 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, leads the Mountaineers with 97 total tackles on the season, including 68 solo stops. He has earned a team-best 18.5 tackles for loss on the year, second-most in a single-season in program history, and he has recorded seven sacks.
Long Jr. ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and tied for No. 10 nationally in tackles for loss this season, and he ranks No. 2 in the league and tied for No. 17 in solo tackles. His selection to the Walter Camp team is Long Jr.’s third career All-America accolade. He was named a ProFootballFocus All-American in 2017.
West Virginia finished 8-3 during the 2018 regular season and will face Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl on Friday, Dec. 28, at 5:15 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN.
This is the 129th team honored by the Walter Camp organization – the nation’s oldest All-America squad. In all, 29 different schools from 10 conferences (including independents) were represented on the All-America First and Second Teams (a total of 50 players selected).
Alabama has four First Team honorees, and two on the Second Team. LSU has four All-Americans (3 First Team, 1 Second Team), while three Clemson players were named to the First Team. Overall, the Southeastern Conference had the most honorees (15), followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (9) and Big Ten (8).
The Walter Camp All-America teams are selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision schools and certified by Marcum LLP, a New Haven-based accounting firm. Walter Camp Football Foundation President Michael Madera was pleased with the voting participation.
Members of the 2018 Walter Camp All-America team and other major award winners, will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet, presented by David McDermott Lexus of New Haven, on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at the Yale University’s Lanman Center.
Press Release Credit: WVU Athletics Communications
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS