MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The three-quarterback competition to be named West Virginia's starter is approaching its conclusion.
WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said he'll crown either Paul Millard, Clint Trickett or Ford Childress by the end of the week - though he'll likely keep that decision private.
The Mountaineers conclude their 19-practice preseason camp Saturday.
"To be fair to all of them involved, we have (two) more days to let them play, and I've said since the beginning of camp if you have a bad day, you need to prepare to come out and have a good day," Holgorsen said Thursday. "I anticipate by the end of practice Saturday to be 100-percent sure of the direction we are going to go."
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INSIDE RECEIVER Cody Clay joined an expanding list of players to pick up injuries during camp.
The former George Washington star was labeled day-to-day by Holgorsen with a hamstring problem. Receivers Kevin White, Jordan Thompson and Dante Campbell have all been limited to minimal practice time recently. Before that, freshman Shelton Gibson was slowed by a knee injury and junior college running back Dreamius Smith missed practices with a thigh bruise.
Defensively, linebackers Wes Tonkery and Jared Barber have missed time with injuries.
In addition to cornerback Nana Kyeremeh, who has already had surgery to correct the season-ending shoulder problem, linebacker Jewone Snow and offensive lineman Adam Pankey are the only players out for an extended amount of time. WVU remains hopeful that Pankey, who is coming back from an ACL surgery, can play this season. Holgorsen called him "month-to-month" and the oft-injured Snow "year-to-year."
"It seems like he's always got something wrong," Holgorsen said. "He's not out there. I don't know if he's ever going to get back."
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RECEIVERS CONNOR ARLIA and Will Johnson have both left the team. They were inside receivers, where Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson have aimed their ire this week.
Arlia, a junior who was a two-time all-state player at Weirton Madonna, was a bright spot in the spring game, but is perhaps known more for the Jet Ski accident a few days before the 2011 Orange Bowl. Arlia broke a leg and two ribs, bruised a lung and lacerated a kidney, but recovered to play in nine games and catch seven passes for 43 yards last season.
Johnson, a 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman from Minnesota, didn't play last season.
"Great kids," Holgorsen said. "They just wanted to play, so I will release them (from their scholarship) to go anywhere they want to go to be able to get themselves in a position to be able to play ball."
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HOLGORSEN DID ANNOUNCE one addition.
Freshman Isaac McDonald, an accomplished safety from Florida, has been academically approved by the NCAA's Eligibility Center and will be on campus as soon as today.