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FOR THE FIRST time in three weeks, WVU has three healthy quarterbacks at practice.
Redshirt freshman Ford Childress practiced last week and will do so again this week as he recovers from a torn pectoral muscle on his right (throwing) side. He was injured against Maryland and couldn't practice the two weeks after that.
Junior Clint Trickett hurt his right (throwing) shoulder late in the win against Oklahoma State, but practiced the following week and played through pain against Baylor. Holgorsen let Trickett sit out last week's practices during the open week.
Junior Paul Millard, who spelled Trickett against Baylor when Trickett was hurting or confused by communication problems with Holgorsen, has remained healthy through it all.
"I thought the off week really did Clint well," Holgorsen said. "Paul is doing the same things he's done each and every week. He does what we ask of him. He's been healthy and he's been doing a good job. Ford probably got a lot more work last week than (he will) this week and it probably took a little toll on him. He's got to do a little bit better."
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WHOEVER HOLGORSEN chooses for the Red Raiders (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) will get his third start of the season. Millard, Childress and Trickett are each 1-1 as a starter and each won his first start at WVU (3-3, 1-2).
Holgorsen admitted Tuesday that the playbook changes when he changes quarterbacks, but he said that can't be a limitation this deep into the season.
"There are certain things each guy does well, and I'm sure it's going to come up, but there's got to be a point where it doesn't matter who the guy is. He's got to be able to execute it," Holgorsen said. "We've had enough snaps with each of them to be able to know what they do well and what they don't do well and everyone around them has to identify that and execute the play that's called."
Holgorsen did allow for one obstacle that's going to take time for his team to manage better than it did during the first six games.
"It's so hard for a new quarterback to throw to new receivers. It really is," he said. "We've got so much inexperience at each position that it doesn't look good at times, but it'll get better. It's gotten better and it'll continue to get better over the next six weeks."
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