Paul Millard and Ford Childress have both started games at quarterback for West Virginia this season. Now, Clint Trickett will get his turn this Saturday against Oklahoma State.
Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed on his call-in show Thursday that Childress, a redshirt freshman who has started the past two games, has a torn pectoral muscle and did not practice this week. Holgorsen added that Childress could be back as soon as next week.
However, if Trickett plays well against the Cowboys this Saturday, there is the possibility that he could win the starting job.
Dana Holgorsen tells me Ford Childress has suffered an injury to his chest during the MD. game. Clint Trickett will start on Saturday.— TonyCaridi (@TonyCaridi) September 26, 2013
Holgo suggests Childress injury will take a week's recuperation, but Clint could "win a big game this weekend" and run with it.— Allan Taylor (@AllanTaylorWVU) September 26, 2013
Holgorsen had previously stated this week via David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest that Childress was "going to be our guy." That came after Childress completed 50 percent of his passes for a paltry 62 yards and two interceptions in a shutout loss to Maryland last Saturday.
Trickett, a transfer from Florida State, saw limited action in Week 1 against William and Mary, a game in which he failed to complete a pass on two straight three-and-outs. He hasn't played since.
Oklahoma State is currently a 21-point favorite over West Virginia heading into this weekend, according to VegasInsider.com. It likely doesn't matter who starts at quarterback for the Mountaineers, as the offense has struggled to score points so far this season—a problem bigger than the rotation at the quarterback spot.
Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. All quotes obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise.