By Bob Hertzel
Times West Virginian
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ford Childress, who started the third and fourth games of this season before going down with a torn pectoral muscle, will be out indefinitely after irritating it while practicing last week, according to coach Dana Holgorsen.
A story that appeared online early in the day Thursday citing unnamed sources indicating that surgery would be necessary and Childress would be out for the season was said to be incorrect by Holgorsen, who still continues to be coy about naming a starting quarterback for this Saturday’s noon game against Texas Tech.
Even with Childress not in the picture, Holgorsen would not say whether Clint Trickett, who has started the last two games, or Paul Millard, who started the season’s first two games, would start. He indicated he might play both.
This seems to be Holgorsen trying to play mind games with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who worked on the same staff with Holgorsen at Houston and once was his roommate. Kingsbury, who also has injury problems at quarterback, has not announced if Michael Brewer or Baker Mayfield will play.
Childress was injured in the 37-0 loss to Maryland and set down for a time to see if the torn pectoral muscle would heal. He was cleared to practice during the bye week and “let it rip,” according to the coach.
“That made it a little worse,” Holgorsen said.
During time off over the weekend, Childress returned home to Houston and got second opinions from doctors who had worked with his father, 12-year NFL defensive lineman Ray Childress.
“He’s going to be out for a while,” Holgorsen said. “He came back and he was not able to practice Tuesday, Wednesday and (Thursday), so he’s not going to be able to go. How long he’s going to out, I don’t know, but it’s not going to require surgery.”
Holgorsen is uncertain how long it will take before Childress gets back to practicing.
“The best thing to do now is put him back on the shelf and see how it goes,” he said. “Right now, it could be a week, it could be two or three weeks, it could be three or four weeks. I don’t know. “
While Holgorsen did not reveal the latest development with Childress during his Tuesday press conference, he did offer a cryptic hint that something was amiss when he answered a question about Millard by saying, “I don’t think you’ve seen the last of Paul Millard.”
He would later add, “I know what I’m getting with Paul. Paul’s going to practice great. He’s going to go out there and run the offense.”
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