West Virginia Mountaineers' Quarterback Battle Update

By Mike Atkinson
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia Mountaineers entered spring training earlier this week and the battle at quarterback is starting to shape up.

The battle was initially thought to be between Junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress, although true freshman Chavas Rawlins’ name came into the debate as a possibility to steal playing time.

Now, a few days into camp, it is becoming increasingly clearer that both Rawlins and true freshman Logan Moore are not being considered for the starting quarterback job.

After Tuesday’s practice, Millard told reporters Coach Dana Holgorsen is splitting reps 50/50 between him and Childress, which is good, because neither candidate has much that distinguishes himself from the other. The only way this battle will be solved is on the field in camp. Whoever has a better spring camp will likely be the starter come fall.

It certainly seems as though the battle is either man’s to win. Holgorsen is going to give both players a shot.

Personally, I’m a little disappointed to see Rawlins left out of the battle, as the offense could benefit from his dual-threat capabilities and arm strength. I suppose he will get his shot eventually.

As of now though, it really could go to Millard or Childress. The men are pretty much dead even in terms of experience, as Millard only threw 34 passes in garbage time behind Geno Smith.

It will be interesting to see what develops as we get deeper into camp, but it’s still pretty early to tell which of the two is ahead in the race. It is nice to know that Rawlins and Moore are not in the competition.

Look for periodic updates on this story as they develop.

Mike is a Big 12 Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeAtkinsonRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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