WVU football: Trickett to start against Oklahoma State; Childress hurt
MORGANTOWN, W.Va -- West Virginia is about to play its fifth game of the season Saturday and start its third different quarterback.
WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said on his weekly radio show Thursday night that junior Clint Trickett will lead the offense in the game (ESPN, noon) against No. 11 Oklahoma State at Mountaineer Field. Trickett replaces Ford Childress, who has a torn pectoral muscle and hasn't practiced this week.
Holgorsen said the injury is not expected to end Childress' season.
This will be the second time Trickett played this season. Trickett, who transferred from Florida State in April and is eligible because he graduated early, played six plays in two series in the season opener against William & Mary.
Childress started the past two games, but had two very different performances. He replaced junior Paul Millard, who started the first two games, but lost the job after WVU's 16-7 loss at Oklahoma.
Trickett is the son of former WVU offensive line coach Rick Trickett. Clint Trickett played in 17 games and started twice in two seasons with the Seminoles. Both of his starts came in 2011, though, and Trickett only threw 34 passes last season.
As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he completed 44 of 72 passes for 675 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He relieved injured E.J. Manuel in a home loss to Oklahoma and was 7-for-15 for 135 yards with a 56-yard touchdown and an interception.
He started the following week against Clemson and completed 24 of 38 passes for 334 yards and three scores and one interception, but the Seminoles lost again. His most recent start was the next week against Wake Forest and Trickett struggled, finishing 6-for-11 for 29 yards and two interceptions. His passer rating was 40.33 in the loss.
Trickett saw limited duty last season and passed for 272 yards, but no touchdowns or interceptions.
Childress set a freshman school record in his first career start when he passed for 359 yards against Georgia State. He was 25-for-41 and had three touchdowns and one interception.
He didn't do much to hold onto the job in last week's 37-0 loss to Maryland, completing half of his 22 passes for just 62 yards and throwing two interceptions. One was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter and one set up a touchdown and a 30-0 deficit at the end of the first half.
He was sacked twice and didn't have time to push the ball down the field. Childress completed 2 of 9 passes to receivers for just 23 yards.