On Saturday, West Virginia's offense showed signs of what they once were at the beginning of last season. The Mountaineers scored 30 points and tallied almost 400 yards, but head coach Dana Holgorsen says there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Holgorsen says the QB competition could be open again this week due to injuries.
"We got a lot of work to do on the offensive side," he said this morning. "I don’t know when the finished product is going to be available for people to see, but we’re far from being there at this point."
A key factor in when - or if - the Mountaineers will get there is the starting quarterback. Junior Paul Millard started the first two games before being replaced due to poor play by freshman Ford Childress. The Texas gunslinger started twice as well, but was then benched last week due to injury - and possibly poor play, as well.
Against Oklahoma State, junior transfer Clint Trickett got the nod, and while he played admirably, he turned the ball over twice and injured his right shoulder. That leaves more question marks this week.
"They're both banged up," said Holgorsen of Trickett and Childress. "Clint got banged up a little bit on his right side, his arm. I don't know how they're going to react to (the injuries). I got to wait until tomorrow, until we get back out there on the practice field to see how he is and see how Ford is."
On Sunday, Millard was the lone quarterback for WVU's "light practice," and Holgorsen says he will monitor all three to determine who starts this weekend.
"Fortunately, we have played all three of them," he said. "I will evaluate how they do on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and make a decision on who it is going to be."
West Virginia's defense has been solid through the first five weeks of the season, something remarkable considering last year's horrendous play. According to Holgorsen, two factors should receiver the credit.
"We're not playing ten true freshmen is probably the biggest difference," he said. "And Coach (Keith) Patterson has done a great job of corralling these guys and teaching them the game."
"He's doing a fantastic job of teaching them the game the way he knows how to teach it, and you couple that with just experience of guys."
Some credit, says Holgorsen, goes to the elder statesmen on the defense.
Still, there are many more hurdles to go, including one big one this weekend.
"We'll see how they do this week. We're playing the best offense in college football in Baylor."
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