"They both bring probably a little bit something different to our offense," Holgorsen said. "Paul knows the offense better. He's a little more comfortable with the communication. He's getting the calls from me and kind of knows where we want him to go with the ball a little better based on the amount of reps he's had in this specific offense."
Millard couldn't start ahead of Smith his first two years on campus, but he played in 11 games and completed 16 of 34 passes for 211 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Trickett played in 17 games in his two seasons at Florida State and started twice, including a win against Clemson. He completed 66 of 106 passes for 947 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions with the Seminoles.
"Clint's seasoned," Holgorsen said. "He has more game experience and he has really good leadership skills. He remains calm under pressure and keeps plays alive pretty well.
"They both bring specific things to the table. Ultimately it's all about a guy not making mistakes. That's kind of what this offense is about - distributing the ball to different skill guys based on what the defense gives us."
Truth be told, the William & Mary defense isn't going to change its offering based on who is taking snaps. The Tribe, a Football Championship Subdivision team from the Colonial Athletic Conference, has had success against FBS teams in the past, including a 7-6 loss to Maryland last year and a 26-14 win at Virginia in 2009.
Coach Jimmye Laycock knows better than to worry about the superior opponent, especially when he has concerns with a pair of freshmen offensive tackles and a starting quarterback he just named. The identity of WVU's starter isn't an issue.
"It doesn't make any difference at all," said Laycock, who's beginning his 34th season at the school. "I'm sure they're both very, very good. We haven't seen them, but if they're at West Virginia, they're good players. They've got a lot of skilled receivers at the wideout and running back positions.
"Any time you go into the opening ball game and you don't know for sure what you're going to be facing, you go in trying to take care of yourself. That's what we've been working on."
The only certainty for now is that redshirt freshman Ford Childress is the third-string quarterback. Holgorsen said the Houston native didn't progress as sharply as the other two quarterback candidates, but that the decision to curtail Childress accelerated the development of the other two.
"We had to kind of cut some of Ford's reps a little bit because the other guys were playing a little better," Holgorsen said. "Ford's going to end up being a tremendous quarterback for us, no doubt, but it's hard to rep three quarterbacks. We had to narrow it down and once we did that, both Clint and Paul looked pretty good. We felt like that was warranted."
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