The West Virginia Mountaineers Quarterback Everyone is Forgetting

By Mike Atkinson
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

With the West Virginia Mountaineers’ star quarterback Geno Smith projected to the NFL draft, WVU will need to find a replacement for the quarterback position.

There are two names currently up in the air for the Mountaineers’ starting quarterback job in 2013. Junior quarterback Paul Millard was Smith’s backup for the last few seasons and only received playing time mostly in irrelevant situations. The other name getting tossed around is redshirt freshman Ford Childress. Childress was redshirted for the 2012 season and many believe the battle is open for either man to take.

I’d like to toss in another name. It is very early speculation as to whether or not this name will start, but the Mountaineers have received a commit by the name of Chavas Rawlins.

Rawlins is a dual-threat quarterback from Monessen, PA. He is 6’4, 190 pounds and ran a 4.43 second forty yard dash. He is only rated as a three star prospect according to Rivals, but as we’ve learned in the past, stars aren’t always correct.

Rawlins signed his letter of intent with WVU back in May of 2012 after receiving a scholarship.

With the quarterback position as wide open as it is, Rawlins could eventually steal some playing time, especially if neither Millard or Childress get the job done.

Now there’s no doubt Rawlins is fast and agile, but can he throw the ball? Also, keep in mind, the talent around a standout player in high school always makes the division one athlete look great.

Here is a highlight video from Rawlins’ senior year. You be the judge. Will WVU fans see Rawlins in the old Blue and Gold one day?

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