The Times West Virginian

September 26, 2013

Trickett to start for WVU

By Bob Hertzel
For the Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — A minor injury to Ford Childress will sideline the struggling West Virginia University redshirt freshman for Saturday’s noon game against No. 11 Oklahoma State.

Dana Holgorsen will start Florida State transfer Clint Trickett at quarterback, the West Virginia University coach announced on his radio show Thursday night.

Trickett will be the third starting quarterback at WVU in five games as Holgorsen continues to search for a capable replacement for the graduated Geno Smith, who set 71 records during his stay at WVU.

Paul Millard opened the season as the starter and beat William & Mary but was held to seven points by Oklahoma in a 16-7 defeat.

Holgorsen, saying he felt Childress had caught up on the offense enough for the third game against Georgia State, inserted him in into the lineup and he a decent debut, completing 25 of 41 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns, but the opponent is one of the worst teams in America.

Childress came back as the starter against Maryland, and it was a disaster, losing 37-0, Childress completing 11 of 22 passes for just 62 yards. Only one completion went to a wide receiver and by the time the team bus had returned to Morgantown from Maryland cries were everywhere to give Trickett a shot.