WVU unsure who will start at QB vs. No. 17 Baylor

  • By John Raby
    Associated Press October 2, 2013
Quarterback Clint Trickett led West Virginia to a win over Oklahoma State. - Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two of West Virginia’s three quarterbacks have nagging injuries, and West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday he’s not sure who will start at No. 17 Baylor.

Holgorsen said he’ll monitor the quarterbacks in practice before naming a starter for Saturday night’s game between the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-0 Big 12) and Bears (3-0, 0-0).

Clint Trickett got knocked around against Oklahoma State last week and has a sore throwing arm. The junior left the game for one play but returned to finish out the 30-21 win.

The Florida State transfer completed 24 of 50 passes for 309 yards in his first start for the Mountaineers. He threw one touchdown pass, was intercepted twice and led West Virginia on two late scoring drives that resulted in field goals.

Redshirt freshman Ford Childress was the starter in a 37-0 loss at Maryland the week before and in a win over Georgia State. He sat out last week with a torn chest muscle.

Junior Paul Millard started the first two games and Holgorsen said he was the only quarterback at full health when practice resumed this week.

Each quarterback has one win to their credit. Right now, monitoring their ailments is a percentage game to Holgorsen.

“If they’re 100 percent right now, we would probably go with Clint because he did a good job of keeping plays alive and had some savvy to him and reacted to the game of football pretty well,” Holgorsen said. “With that said, if he’s half speed and Ford’s 100 percent, it probably would make more sense to go with Ford. But if they’re both 50 percent, it might make more sense to go with Paul.”

Holgorsen said the injury to Childress sounds worse than it is and the challenge is for Childress to work through any soreness.

The coach said any of the three quarterbacks will be eliminated from consideration if they can’t practice this week.

“We’re dealing with three guys that are just so inexperienced,” Holgorsen said. “If they can’t practice Tuesday and (today), I doubt I’m going to put one of them in there on Thursday to play on Saturday.

“These guys need the reps. And if they don’t have the reps throughout the course of the week, I’m not going to feel very good about them.”


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