Who Will Play Quarterback for the West Virginia Mountaineers?
After a season loaded with disappointment for West Virginia, fans’ uncertainty has been the theme of this offseason. Geno Smith left Morgantown with two potential starting quarterbacks, junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress. And recently, the Mountaineer faithful has made national headlines with the transfer of Florida State backup quarterback Clint Trickett.
Millard, who saw limited time in his short two year career with the Mountaineers, is 16-34 with 211 yards and three interceptions. He seems to be the favorite for many, however, a “sub-par performance”, as Coach Dana Holgorsen put it, may have opened up the door for Childress or Trickett.
Childress was heavily recruited out of the state of Texas and after his redshirted freshman year he seems to be motivated now more than ever. He put on about 10 pounds of muscle this offseason after being scrutinized for coming in undersized.
6-foot-3 Trickett came over from FSU, where he rarely saw any action. His career stats are 66-106 on passes for 947 yards, while throwing seven touchdowns with four picks. He has two years of eligibility remaining and can begin competing with Childress and Millard immediately due to his graduate student status.
Coach Holgorsen has made it obvious that he is in no rush to crown a starting quarterback, especially with the late addition of Clint Trickett. All three quarterbacks bring something different to the table. Whether if it is Millard’s experience, Childress’ arm or Trickett’s mobility, any choice would be a wild card with this West Virginia offense. One thing is for sure, however, regardless of who starts at quarterback this fall for the Mountaineers, they will have some big shoes to fill.