The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

September 21, 2013

WVU center understands Childress’ situation

MORGANTOWN — One is a fifth-year senior, the other a redshirt freshman.

So different.

So much the same.

True, senior Pat Eger has much to call upon in terms of experience, a starter of 20 games, while Ford Childress, a redshirt freshman, has started in just one game.

Indeed, they are different, but if you look at it differently, Eger has made only one start at center, last week, the same number of starts as his quarterback, Childress, has made.

Eger understands his situation.

“It was a good start, obviously,” he said of last week’s first start at center.

It might have been better at guard or tackle. He was being asked to take one for the team, to step out of his comfort level and do something new, something where he was vulnerable.

“I’m a team player. Wherever I need to go, I’ll go. If I need to play right tackle, if I need to play center to help us win the game, I’m fine with that,” Eger said, then added with a laugh, ”If they want to line me up at fullback, I’ll go hit someone.”

Interestingly, Eger’s efforts at a new position are absorbed without much notice because at center he is buried in the interior of the offensive line.

“Only Mom knows what you are doing,” Eger said.

“I’ve started a lot of games here and played a lot of positions. My Mom, she’s always 100 percent supporting me. She’s always proud to see me out there on the field.”

As it turns out, Childress’ mom and his dad, a former NFL star player, also notice Eger and appreciate his role in helping their son win his first game as a collegiate quarterback.

Eger knows that Childress’ debut was a good one with 25 completions in 41 attempts for 359 yards and three touchdowns and what that took.

“I can remember my first start,” Eger said. “I couldn’t sleep the night before. I was throwing up in the morning.”

It was easier on Childress.

“Ford came in and was very mature, took charge in the huddle. He acted like a four-year starter. He took command of the offense. We all made mistakes. We have to move forward from here,” Eger said.

The thing was, Eger didn’t have unrealistic expectations for the freshman’s first start.

He did not expect Geno Smith.

“I’m behind Ford 100 percent. I think he has the ability to carry this team this year,” Eger said.

But that was only one game, and Maryland is a big step up in class for both Eger and Childress.

“You always have to get better. If I go from this week to next week and don’t improve at all and make the same mistakes, I’m going downhill. In college football you have to get better every week, and by the end of the season you find your game is the best in the Big 12.”

Maryland will be bringing the heat on defense, trying to fool and confuse both Eger and Childress.

“They run blitzes and twists within their blitzes that really create confusion within the offensive line,” WVU offensive line coach Ron Crook said. “It’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

Follow Bob Hertzel on Twitter @bhertzel.

1
Text Only
WVU Sports
  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules

    At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.

    April 18, 2014

  • Means, WVU baseball shut out Oklahoma

    Junior left-hander John Means of the WVU baseball team threw eight shutout innings and the Mountaineers had a five-run first inning en route to a 7-0 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
    The Mountaineers (18-15, 3-6 Big 12) broke a six-game Big 12 losing streak after being swept by TCU and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weekends. WVU had 16 hits and did not make an error for the second-straight game.

    April 18, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. Graber disagrees with Gee’s stance on Turnbull firing

    Dr. Stephen Graber, an associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is among the latest WVU teachers to deplore Oliver Luck’s firing of veteran wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.
    He raised some significant questions about that issue last Monday in a meeting of the WVU Faculty Senate.

    April 18, 2014

  • Huggins signs junior college guard

    Coach Bob Huggins completed his 2014-15 West Virginia University recruiting class on Wednesday and deemed it a success after receiving a signed letter of intent from junior college guard Tarik Phillip.
    Phillip joins Jevon Carter of Maywood, Ill., and Daxter Miles of Baltimore’s Dunbar High and out of Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts in the 2014-15 recruiting class.

    April 17, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing

    The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.

    April 17, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Comparing pay of coaches and professors

    Stringing together some odds and ends which may be of interest to you:
    • A beautiful lady came up to my table last Sunday at brunch in the Village of Heritage Point’s main dining room with a message.

    April 17, 2014

  • Bussie looks forward to WNBA

    On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
    It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.

    April 16, 2014

  • WVU’s Harlee named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete

    The Big 12 Conference announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season, and West Virginia University senior Jess Harlee earns the honor for women’s basketball.
    Harlee was selected as the award winner based on a vote of each respective sport’s head coaching group, with coaches not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

    April 16, 2014

  • Gyorko, Padres agree to extension

    Jedd Gyorko, who hasn’t hit much of anything with a .178 start on this season, hit the jackpot on Monday, signing a six-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres for $35 million with a one-year club option at $13 million.

    April 15, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Spring game showed defense has improved

    From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.

    April 15, 2014

Featured Ads
WVU Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos