By Bob Hertzel
For the Times West Virginian
Keeping in the theme of the week, which is trying to find a spark to get the offense untracked, West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen announced on his radio show on Thursday that redshirt freshman Ford Childress will make his first collegiate start at quarterback in Saturday’s noon game against Georgia State.
“We feel like he’s ready,” Holgorsen said on the show. “His fire is lit. He’s sat there on the sidelines; when given the opportunity he’s grabbed it and said let’s go.”
Junior Paul Millard had started the season’s first two games with WVU going 1-1 and scoring only four touchdowns in the two games.
Holgorsen admitted that wasn’t good enough during his weekly meeting with the state’s media as he threw open the competition at quarterback between Millard, Florida State transfer Clint Trickett and Childress.
“I feel like crap, honestly,” Holgorsen said. “It goes back to the offense where we have the potential to better than we were last year. Does that mean we are better than last year, or are going to be better than last year? No. It just means we have the potential to be.”
“We’ve scored four touchdowns on the year,” offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson added. “That’s not acceptable.”
Childress has not yet appeared in a collegiate game and until this week had not taken a meaningful snap in practice as the reps were shared between Millard and Trickett.
Holgorsen also has shaken up the receiving corps and has junior college transfers Kevin White, Ronald Carswell and Mario Alford taking first-team snaps. That was what they were brought in to do, and they represent the most dangerous receivers WVU can put out there.