MORGANTOWN - West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress will finally get a chance to show what he can do, after coach Dana Holgorsen used his weekly radio show to announce the red-shirt freshman will start today's game against Georgia State.
"We feel he's ready," Holgorsen said in announcing his choice. "His fire is lit. He's sat there on the sidelines. When given the opportunity, he's grabbed it and said, 'Let's go.'"
Childress, who was listed as the No. 3 quarterback when the season started, has yet to see action in either of the Mountaineers' first two games. Junior Paul Millard has seen the lion's share of the playing time, though Florida State transfer Clint Trickett played sparingly in the second quarter in the season-opening game against William & Mary.
Holgorsen hinted during his press conference Tuesday that the competition for the position had reopened after a lackluster offensive performance in the loss to Oklahoma.
"One area that we've been lacking is quarterback play," Holgorsen said. "It's not the quarterback play that I've been used to. I've been blessed with a bunch of good quarterbacks, but in the last 15 years, we've had quarterbacks that not only have been able have the production or go to the NFL, but also will his team to win. We need to find some guys that can will the team to win."
The Mountaineers, 1-1, are not the only team undergoing changes this week. Georgia State coach Trent Miles announced that two starting offensive linemen, center Michael Davis and guard Harrison Clottey, had left the team.
That announcement came on the heels of an announcement that running backs coach Tony Tiller had been reassigned to another position within the school's athletic department. That move came following the Panthers' anemic rushing performance in a loss to Tennessee-Chattanooga in which they managed to gain just 30 yards on the ground. The Panthers, 0-2 in their first season of Division I football, gained only 72 yards in their season-opening loss to Samford. Graduate assistant Brock Lough has assumed the job of coaching the running backs.
Miles said he does not blame Tiller for the running game problems.
"Point the finger at me," he said. "It starts with me.
Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for noon. The game will be televised on Root Sports. Former Mountaineer quarterback Rasheed Marshall is slated to handle the color analyst duties for the broadcast.