MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - It doesn't take a calculator to decipher Dana Holgorsen's analysis of West Virginia's quarterback situation this week. Some rudimentary math skills, however, are helpful.
Clint Trickett and Ford Childress are both on the mend. They combined to start WVU's last three games. Paul Millard seems to be healthy, but he hasn't played since being usurped as the starter after the first two weeks of the season.
Where it goes from here might all come down to percentages.
"I don't know what healthy means,'' Holgorsen said Tuesday. "If they're a hundred percent right now, we would probably go with Clint just because he did a good job of keeping plays alive and had some savvy to him and reacted to the game of football pretty well.
"With that said, if he's half speed and Ford's a hundred percent it would probably make more sense to go with Ford. But if they're both 50 percent it might make more sense to go with Paul.''
In other words, when West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) faces No. 17 Baylor (3-0, 0-0) Saturday night in Waco, Texas, the Mountaineers' starting quarterback might simply be the one who can stand up straight and throw the football.
"That's why you practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,'' Holgorsen said. "In the game of football, if you're injured or healthy or what your percentage is makes a big difference.''
When Holgorsen met with the media Tuesday, he had yet to see either Trickett or Childress in action this week. The team practiced Sunday, was off Monday and then practiced later in the day on Tuesday.
At Tuesday night's practice, Childress sat it out for the most part and Trickett practiced, but was limited, according to offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.
"We've got one healthy [Millard] and one partially healthy [Trickett],'' Dawson said. "But they both took reps.''
"They didn't go on Sunday, but we didn't try to let them go on Sunday,'' Holgorsen said of the normally light practice the team holds the day after a game. "We purposely put ice on their parts and let them sit around. They rested up and did a bunch of treatment and [now] we'll see what they can do.''
Holgorsen said that in order to play against Baylor on Saturday - or at least in order to be named the starter - someone is going to have to be able to practice all or most of the week. Were any of the three veterans in the offense it might be a different story. Perhaps they could rest and heal a few days and then jump back into the mix.
That's not the case with these three, however. As the first five games of the season have proven, just mastering the offense is a chore for a redshirt freshman like Childress, a career backup like Millard and a transfer like Trickett.
"With these guys, they need to practice Tuesday, Wednesday [and] Thursday,'' Holgorsen said. "Because we're dealing with three guys that are just so inexperienced, if they can't practice Tuesday and Wednesday, I doubt I'm going to put one of them in there on Thursday to play on Saturday.