Sep 7, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen on the sidelines during the second half against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia to start Ford Childress at QB

Throughout the offseason, it looked like Florida State Seminoles transfer Clint Trickett would be named the starting quarterback for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Instead, junior Paul Millard won the job.

Entering the season, Millard completed 16 of 34 passes for 211 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions as the backup to current New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith. Trickett spent his first three seasons at Florida State. After redshirting his first season, Trickett completed 66-of-106 for 947 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions as a backup to current Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel. Trickett made two career starts filling in for an injured Manuel, both losses.

In the spring, Trickett was battling to be Florida State’s starter, but seemingly fell behind redshirt freshman Jameis Winston and decided to transfer. He chose West Virginia over South Florida.

The Mountaineers have struggled through their first two game, having to rally for a 24-17 victory over William & Mary in week one and then falling 16-7 to the Oklahoma Sooners in week two. Millard is 40-of-66 for 455 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Trickett has thrown just two passes.

On Thursday, head coach Dana Holgorsen announced that he was making a change in quarterback, but it won’t be Trickett taking over.  According to Allan Taylor of MetroNews, Holgorsen has named Ford Childress the starter. Childress, a redshirt freshman was rated as a three star prospect by and was considered the 14th best pro-style quarterback in the class of 2012.

The Mountaineers will host Georgia State at noon EST Saturday.


Tags: Clint Trickett Dana Holgorsen Ford Childress Paul Millard West Virginia Mountaineers

  • Leonard Farrell

    why would you not start the guy with experience who had done reasonably well at Florida State…