It's now official. In a new roster released by the coaches to WVMetroNews.com, Paul Millard is listed as the backup quarterback as reported here last night.
In the final two days of fall camp, Millard played strictly with the first team in the absence of Geno Smith. He was already listed number two on last week's depth chart. The final two practices were sink or swim time.
He swam. Not so much the first day, but by day two, he was earning praise from all those around him—most importantly QB Coach Spavital, but also his receivers.
Paul Millard's first season as a freshman backup QB was unimpressive, to say the least. Playing in a mop-up role for Coach Holgorsen does not mean go in, hand the ball off and eat up the clock. If you're playing offense for Holgs, you try to score.
As Coach Bobby Bowden contended in his heyday, it was not his job to stop his players from scoring. That was the other team's job. Holgorsen apparently agrees.
So while appearing in four games during his freshman year, that's what he immediately tried to do. The results were less than stellar.
He completed 7 of 15 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown. Millard also tossed two interceptions, one of them leading to a Clemson touchdown in the Orange Bowl. He was replaced immediately.
After an intense fall preseason in which star QB Geno Smith was absent from the last two practices, Millard seized the opportunity to show off what he had learned.
The following are quotes from coaches and players regarding his performance.