Quarterback Ford Childress made his first career start on Saturday, leading West Virginia to a 41-7 victory over Georgia State. The redshirt freshman admitted that he did have some nerves, at least to start.
Childress (7) said he practiced like a starter, even when relegated to third string.
"A little bit," he said with a laugh. "But after the first play, it kind of went away."
On the day, the Texas gunslinger went 25-of-41 for 359 yards and three touchdowns. The stats were obviously impressive - and could have been better if not for some poorly timed drops from hsi receivers - but Childress still feels there was room for improvement.
"I thought it went pretty well," he said. "I had some balls that I want to take back, but I thought overall I played pretty well."
Saying he was "comfortable for the most part," Childress says his interception in the first half had him a little concerned, but he was ready to learn from it.
"It was pretty important (to bounce back)," he said. "I got my first touchdown and I got my first pick, so... everything's (good) now."
Although he was regulated to third string to start the year and did not find out he was starting until Wednesday, Childress says his mentality never changed - and that helped him get off to a solid start.
"I knew that I was going to play this year," said Childress. "So really, I just acted like I was still the starter (the whole time)."
What also helped Childress out, he says, was knowing that he has playmakers all around him.
"I got good enough guys around me that I can just hand them the ball or toss them the ball and they'll make plays for me," he said.
On the day, running backs Charles Sims (116 yards), Wendell Smallwood (62) and Dreamius Smith (60) combined for 238 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also had nine different players catch the ball, but he admits there wsa a good connection with fellow freshman Daikiel Shorts, who caught five passes for 88 yards and two scores.
"Definitely (there's a connection)," he said. "He runs great routes and he's a physical receiver. He's a real smart kid. He always knows how to find the open spot."
EerSports' Alissa Hudak contributed to this article.