"If (Trickett and Childress) are both 50 percent, it might make more sense to go with Paul," Holgorsen said.
The specifics of Trickett's injury aren't known. Childress' pectoral muscle wasn't ripped from the bone and doesn't require surgery, Holgorsen said.
"His range of motion is better now than it was last week," Holgorsen said. "The soreness goes away and you play your way through it. It sounds worse than it is."
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HOLGORSEN HAS been far more informative about how he feels about WVU's special teams. He said after Saturday's win the group coached by Joe DeForest now runs had "lots of issues" that needed to be fixed.
The Mountaineers are No. 109 out of 135 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in kickoff returns, No. 102 in punt returns and No. 102 in kickoff return defense.
Holgorsen has managed to keep quiet about one thing, though.
"I promised Coach DeForest I wouldn't not talk to the kickers under any circumstances whatsoever," he said.
Redshirt freshman placekicker Josh Lambert tested that pledge by missing a pair of kicks against the Cowboys, but Holgorsen said he remained silent and was later rewarded when Lambert was good on two fourth-quarter attempts.
Lambert is 6-for-10 this season.
Holgorsen said he lined punt returners up at their 10-yard line Sunday and practiced backing up and not fielding kicks, a drill that was necessitated by two fair catches at the 3 already this season.
He put his kick returners to work, too. Receivers Ronald Carswell and Mario Alford and running backs Wendell Smallwood and Charles Sims have averaged 18.1 yards on 16 returns.
"I think our kick returners are garbage," he said. "It's not the front line. A lot of times guys catch it and run it and get drilled because of the blocking. The front line people, the blocking, the scheme, they're all good."
Holgorsen said Sunday's practice featured open auditions for kickoff returners and that six players are being considered with changes likely coming Saturday.
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