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WVU football: Quarterback situation remains murky

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- If nothing else, West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen broke his habit of naming his starting quarterback on his weekly radio show. Holgorsen instead said Thursday night he'll make a game-time decision between juniors Paul Millard and Clint Trickett.

"They both had a great week of practice, their best week of practice since they've been here," said Holgorsen, who used his show to make a change first from Paul Millard to Ford Childress and then from Childress to Clint Trickett.

"When they get to where they both compete and they're both functioning at a high level and they're getting better and better, the only thing you can do is keep practicing them."

Not only is Holgorsen putting off the decision in advance of Saturday's noon home game against No. 16 Texas Tech, but he said he anticipates playing both against the Red Raiders.

"Which one I'll go with to start, I don't know," he said.

Excluded from the conversation was redshirt freshman Ford Childress, who continues to be bothered by a torn right pectoral muscle that offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson said Childress suffered in the first quarter against Maryland four weeks ago. He won't play against Texas Tech and needs more time for his throwing arm to recover.

Holgorsen said Childress practiced Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week and "let it rip" Tuesday and Wednesday.

"That made it a little worse," Holgorsen said.

Holgorsen said "wear and tear" created pain and swelling. Childress went home to Houston during WVU's fall break and received opinions from some doctors who worked with his father, former NFL defensive lineman Ray Childress, during his 12-year NFL career.

"He's going to be out for a while," Holgorsen said. "He came back and he was not able to practice Tuesday, Wednesday and (Thursday), so he's not going to be able to go. How long he's going to out, I don't know, but it's not going to require surgery."

Holgorsen repeated what he said two weeks ago about how the muscle wasn't torn from the bone and simply needed time to heal. He said WVU will try to ease Childress back into practice next week and see how he responds before deciding if he can handle more work or if he needs more rest.

"We tried to get him back in the fold in practice last week, but it made it worse," he said.

"The best thing to do now is put him back on the shelf and see how it goes. Right now, it could be a week, it could be two or three weeks, it could be three or four weeks. I don't know. "

Trickett has started WVU's last two games, following two starts for Childress and two starts for Millard. Like the other two, he's 1-1 as the starter and won his first start with the Mountaineers. And like Childress, he's dealing with an injury to his throwing arm.

Trickett said Tuesday he sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder when he was hit in and had to briefly leave the Oklahoma State game. He said his arm was numbed by medication, but still in pain during his start against Baylor, when he was hit some more and was clearly bothered. Holgorsen opted to play Millard for Trickett from time to time during the game before Millard played most of the second half. He finished 8-for-13 for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Holgorsen's comments prior to this week kept Millard out of the competition between Trickett and Childress until he said Tuesday, "I don't think you've seen the last of Paul Millard."

"I know what I'm getting with Paul," Holgorsen said. "Paul's going to practice great. He's going to go out there and run the offense."

Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mikec@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.

 


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