West Virginia Mountaineers' Tentative Depth Chart Sheds Light on QB Battle

By Mike Atkinson
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia Mountaineers tentative depth chart for the 2013 college football season has been announced and Junior Paul Millard is listed as the team’s starting quarterback– well sort of.

“I figured I would make it a little easier for our media relations department. We have a tremendous relationship with our media relations staff, so I figured I would make it a little bit easier for them,” WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said. “They needed something for the spring game that will serve as a tentative depth chart. If nothing else, you can see who is playing what position,”

The personality of Holgorsen comes through here as well. He supposedly hand-wrote the depth chart on two separate pieces of paper with WV letterheads. His first position, the quarterback, was one of the most comedic on the paper.

Holgorsen wrote:

“QB: Ford Childress OR Paul Millard OR Chavas Rawlins

This is why a tentative depth chart really doesn’t mean much. As many have said, we are still a long, long way from football.

If nothing else, this tells us that true freshman Chavas Rawlins is back in the picture. A long while back, many thought the quarterback race was between the three names on Holgorsen’s depth chart.

After spring camp started, Holgorsen announced that the race is between Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress. Now, it appears we’re back to square one.

I would love to see Childress start for the Mountaineers in week one this fall, but one would have to feel sorry for Millard if that happened. Millard was Geno Smith’s backup for his entire career and has only thrown a total of around 40 passes in a Mountaineer uniform.

If Childress started and was effective, Paul Millard may never start at WVU.

Unfortunately, feelings don’t matter in the game of football. I trust that coach Holgorsen will put the right man under center this fall.

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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