Colton McKivitz and Josh Sills are two of the most experienced players on West Virginia’s offense. The linemen have combined for 57 starts and helped paved the way for an offense that ranked in the top 10 nationally in multiple categories last season.
McKivitz will be making the switch to left tackle this season, filling the void left behind by the Patriot’s third round selection, Yodny Cajuste. The redshirt senior’s 35 consecutive starts lead all returning Mountaineers in 2019.
Sills, a redshirt junior guard, is entering his third year as a starter for the Mountaineers. He saw action on 970 plays in 2018.
WVU head coach Neal Brown said McKivitz and Sills are the two best players on the line and will be heavily relied on this fall.
“In my opinion, they are NFL players,” Coach Brown said of the duo. “But the biggest benefit to us as we are in program building mode is not only are they the two best players on the offensive line, but the two hardest workers right now.”
“They set the standard every single day. We don’t need those guys to be average players, we need them to be great players. They’ve allowed us to coach them and allowed us to push them. I’m proud of those guys.”
The hard work is already being recognized as the pair was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List earlier this week. The recipient of the award will be announced on Dec. 12.