With the unveiling of Ford Childress as West Virginia’s quarterback in a 41-7 victory over lowly Georgia State on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium, the Mountaineers took a big step toward developing an identity.
But when Coach Dana Holgorsen was asked during the Big 12 Conference coaches call if he knew where this team was heading, he had to reply in the negative.
“No, not really,” he began. “Defensively, I knew we were going to be ahead of where we were offensively and I’m pleased with what they have put out on the field, and they’ve continued to get better each week.”
Indeed, the Mountaineer defense is a horse of a totally different color from the one last year that broke all the records for futility.
But he knows they haven’t reached the heart of their schedule.
“Maryland brings a different test for us because they have two wideouts that are as good as anyone in the country, so that will be a good test for us,” he admitted.
“Offensively we knew we were young and replacing a lot of guys. I think Ford will have a chance to settle the unknown at quarterback. We’ll go with him and try to continue to get better each week.”
Charles Sims has gone for 100-plus rushing yards in two of WVU’s first three games and also showed himself to be a big play receiver.
However, Holgorsen is trying to see that he doesn’t go overboard on Sims early in the season.
“His production is going to be high if we give it to him all the time, but it’s a long season and we don’t want to wear him down,” Holgorsen said. “We have to get him going in the pass game, get him in screens and dumping it to him in the flats. He’s extremely capable at doing a lot of that.”
Sims also is being used as an example of how to play the game to the younger players.
“He’s a hard worker in practice and a lot of these young kids are looking at him and saying that’s how he does it, that’s how I need to do it as well,” Holgorsen said. “He has played in a bunch of games and has consistency. He’s a well-rounded player. He’s good for a lot of our young backs. He adjusted really well because of his familiarity with me and the offense.”