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WVU Quarterback Competition A Dead Heat


Former West Virginia University Quarterback Geno Smith left some big shoes to fill. He passed for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions last season.

Now the competition is on to figure out which quarterback will take his starting job. It should be pointed out that none of the coaches expected to have a starter named by the end of spring practice or the beginning of fall camp.

The competition for the starting job is clearly between Junior Paul Millard and Redshirt Freshman Ford Childress. They are getting the same amount of reps while true freshman Chavas Rawlins appears to be set as the third string quarterback.

Through seven practices, neither Childress or Millard have put any kind of distance between them.

"They still make inexperienced mistakes everyday and the only way you correct that is with reps," WVU Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "They are even. There has never been a quarterback race more even than them two."

Consistency appears to be the biggest issue between the two.

"They are doing the same things good, the same things bad," Dawson stated. "One day one of them may do slightly better, but to be honest with you it is probably more bad than good."

Childress and Millard are going through the necessary process of making mistakes in practice and hopefully learning from them through instruction and watching film. Neither player was expected to perform perfectly day in and day out. That will change in the fall.

"They are growing," Dawson stated. "They are learning. To expect them to be in a situation where you expect them to perform on a Saturday, we are not there yet. I think everybody understands we are not there yet. We are dealing with kids who are inexperienced."

Childress and Millard have seven more practices this spring combined with the Gold-Blue game on April 20. They will have all summer to continue working in 7-on-7 drills and a full slate of training camp in August before this competition will result in a named starter.

"I don't know if I have ever been 100 percent pleased with any quarterback," Dawson said. "They are not where they need to be right now. I am not even close to being satisfied with where they are at. They need to get better."

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