Still, it appears that a game against a team that is almost universally considered the worst in the FBS has presented him with a golden opportunity to do so without much fear of sacrificing the outcome.
And there's no doubt the offense needs to be shaken up.
"We will definitely shake things up on the offensive side of the ball where it pertains to our pass game,'' Holgorsen said. "I'm not happy where we're at when it comes to that. We need to be more efficient than we have been.''
That starts at quarterback, where Childress has leap-frogged juniors Paul Millard and Clint Trickett. Holgorsen announced Thursday night that the 6-foot-5, 234-pounder will start and be given every opportunity to grab the job for good. Holgorsen said he won't use Millard or Trickett just to allow them to audition. If Childress is successful, he'll remain in the game.
Perhaps almost as significant is the change in the receivers. That's not as drastic a switch as at quarterback because West Virginia will still use its depth at the position, but the three junior college players will be given the first shot.
As for Eger, that's not nearly as high profile a change as the others, but it's still significant. Through the first two games, Eger has played nearly as many snaps as anyone on the offensive line despite not starting.
"Pat's been playing just really, really well, as good as I've seen him play,'' Holgorsen said. "It's not even close. And he's one of the few real vocal leaders that we have on offense. He deserves to start.''
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