There seems to be a lot of news coming out of Dana Holgorsen’s weekly radio show these days. Two weeks ago, Holgorsen announced via the airwaves that he was turning to redshirt freshman Ford Childress
to quarterback his football team.
Last night, Holgorsen told a statewide audience that he has pegged Florida State transfer Clint Trickett
to be his starter for Saturday’s game against 11th-ranked Oklahoma State.
Holgorsen said he is going with Trickett because Childress suffered a slightly torn pectoral muscle during last week’s 37-0 loss to Maryland and hasn’t been able to practice all week.
“He played through it but at some course of the game, whether it was a throw, whether he got hit or his arm got jerked back, it started bothering him a little bit,” said Holgorsen. “He woke up the next day and he could tell something was wrong and got a bunch of treatment on it. It’s something that you can’t fix and it’s just got to heal. It’s not going to end his season. He’ll work through it.”
In the meantime, Holgorsen now turns to Trickett, who has attempted just two passes so far this season against William & Mary. Trickett played two series in the second quarter of that game in relief of starter Paul Millard
, who also got the starting nod against Oklahoma before giving way to Childress.
This weekend, Trickett will become the third different starting quarterback used by the Mountaineers in just the fifth week of the season.
The last time West Virginia used three different starting quarterbacks in the same year was 1985 when John Talley, Tony Reda and Mike Timko shared the job. Talley started the first four games before giving way to Reda.
Reda made two starts before getting injured against Boston College, and that opened the door for Timko to get his first start in week eight against Virginia Tech.
In 1974, Bobby Bowden actually started four different quarterbacks that season, although it took him the entire year to do so.
Against the Cowboys on Saturday, Trickett will get his opportunity to try and jumpstart a Mountaineer offense that has scored just one touchdown against BCS-level competition so far this season.
“This is an opportunity for Clint, who is more comfortable in our offense now after four games because there are practice reps he was getting throughout the week,” Holgorsen said. “He hasn’t taken a whole lot of snaps during games, but he’s taken snaps throughout the week and he’s progressed. It’s starting to make more sense to him and I anticipate him continuing to get more comfortable with our offense.”
Holgorsen made it a point to emphasize that the decision to sit Childress this week had nothing to do with West Virginia’s disappointing offensive performance last Saturday in Baltimore.
“Ford obviously didn’t have a good game and it was nothing to do with what Ford did. He’s young and we knew there were going to be some bumps in the road,” said Holgorsen. “We did not anticipate the performance that we put out there offensively and you can’t pinpoint one person. If you are going to pinpoint one person it’s going to be me. We didn’t do a very good job of calling plays. We didn’t do a very good job of running the ball, throwing the ball, blocking … the whole gamut.”
Even if Childress felt much better on Saturday Holgorsen said he wouldn’t use him.
“Without having the reps all week he’s not experienced enough to overcome that so even if he felt good on Saturday I wouldn’t play him because he hasn’t practiced all week,” Holgorsen explained. “He’s a young guy who needs to develop and he’s going to continue to develop, but without reps he’s not going to be able to play on Saturday. We will reevaluate him next week and see where he is.
“In the meantime, it’s time for other guys to step up.”