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Ford Childress Feeling Comfortable At WVU


The West Virginia University football team is in its second week of spring practice. The team is now in full pads and this is when coaches truly begin to evaluate their players.

Five pieces of the 2012 signing class are already enrolled at WVU. Those players began taking classes in January, which allows them to participate in spring practice.

One of those five players is quarterback Ford Childress. Childress attended Kinkaid High School in Houston, Texas. He led his team to a 20-1 record as a starter. Childress completed 184-of-292 passes for 3,171 yards and 41 touchdowns while throwing just seven interceptions in 10 games last season. He passed for 300 or more yards in six games and 400 or more yards once.

Childress wanted to make sure he did what he could to enroll early and get the spring football experience.

"It helps me get the offense down and get my timing down with all of the receivers," Childress said. "It helps me with my reads and it helps me get adjusted to the different speed of the game, which is a huge difference."

WVU throws a lot of passes in practice. From quarterback drills under quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital to throwing passes to receivers and then going against the defense, the quarterbacks throw a ton. That is one of the adjustments Childress has to make.

"I got some soreness yesterday, but my arm is fine," Childress said. "I get more reps which is better to get my timing down."

Childress knows the starting job is out of reach. However, he is not automatically going to be redshirted. Childress is going to be given every opportunity to challenge Paul Millard for some playing time.

"I'm competing for the backup job behind Geno," Childress stated. "That is pretty much what I am going for right now."

There is every indication that the quarterback room is doing well. Childress, Geno Smith and Paul Millard laugh with each other and challenge each other in position specific drills. The loser of those competitions has to do pushups. Smith and Millard are also constantly helping Childress understand more about the offense.

"They have helped me tremendously," Childress said. "They helped me before we could meet with the coaches. They told me what I am doing wrong and helped me with my feet and they have been great."

Childress arrived in January and began participating in 7-on-7 drills. Coaches are not allowed to be involved in those drills, so Childress had to rely on Smith and Millard for help then.

Reps in 7-on-7 drills coupled with already one week in spring practice is helping Childress feel more and more comfortable at WVU.

"I still have some steps to make," Childress said. "I think I have most of it down so far. I just need to make the next step."

The next step is all about consistency. There are just 11 more practices before spring ball is over and summer workouts begin.

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