West Virginia Football 2013 Spring Game: QB Battle Will Come Down to the Wire
The West Virginia football 2013 spring game saw the emergence of a few new names for the Mountaineers and provided at least a partial answer to many of the questions in the minds of WVU fans, except the big one—who will be West Virginia's starting quarterback this fall?
On WVU's initial depth chart (which I covered here), Paul Millard, Ford Childress and Chavas Rawlins were put in equal standing in the race to replace Geno Smith, who finished his career as one of the greatest quarterbacks in school history.
However, as the NFL draft looms for Smith, uncertainty still abounds at his former school as it looks to find his successor.
The battle did clear up a bit during the Gold-Blue game, as it now appears to be just a two-man race. The two perceived favorites, Millard and Childress, split the snaps in the contest, while Rawlins watched on from the sidelines.
This isn't all that Earth-shattering, as Rawlins appeared to be the No. 3 option heading into the Gold-Blue game.
However, even with the true freshman Rawlins apparently out of the running, neither Millard nor Childress was able to solidify himself as the top horse in the race during the spring game.
Having said that, both Millard and Childress did show that they have what it takes to be successful under center.
Childress tossed an impressive 65-yard strike to Jordan Thompson, while Millard threw three touchdowns from 10, 24 and 46 yards out.
They both showed signs of decisiveness and the ability to make checks at the line before plays, as Millard went 16-of-27 for 185 yards and Childress tallied 169 yards, completing 14 of his 21 pass attempts.
However, both had their share of ugly throws, as they each missed open receivers, and Childress notched the game's only interception.
Through it all, neither was able to gain any real separation in the competition for the starting job.
As further proof from the coaches of the uncertainty of this race, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson revealed after the game that he purposely limited the action of the running backs to provide for more situational work for the two signal-callers—as tweeted by Nick Arthur of The Daily Athenaeum.
Shannon Dawson said they purposely limited running game today. Wanted to see how QBs reacted in certain situations.— Nick Arthur (@NarthurD) April 20, 2013
Additionally, the race could become even more crowded this summer.
As reported by multiple media outlets, including WVIllustrated, Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett visited Morgantown for the Gold-Blue game and will consider WVU as an option, as he has decided to transfer from FSU.
Clint Trickett, of course, is the son of former WVU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, and he spent time growing up in Morgantown, leaving him with ties to the area.
Nothing is certain with Trickett's situation at this point, though there is a possibility that he could end up a Mountaineer—particularly after taking in the WVU spring game and seeing that the QB race is still wide open.
The only thing that is certain is that, whether Trickett transfers to WVU or not, this quarterback race will go right down to the wire.
And given the performance of Childress and Millard at the spring game, the battle could be ongoing this fall as well.
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