"These guys need the reps. And if they don't have the reps throughout the course of the week I'm not going to feel very good about it.''
Provided they get the reps, however, Dawson said the decision still could be delayed until late in the week when the state of Trickett's shoulder is better known.
"The main thing is how he feels on Thursday and Friday,'' Dawson said.
Of course, this is completely foreign to Holgorsen, shuffling quarterbacks in and out of the lineup and dealing with injuries. In his eight previous seasons as an offensive coordinator or a head coach, Holgorsen has never changed quarterbacks during a season for any reason, be it ineffectiveness or injury.
Until Childress was ruled out of last week's game against Oklahoma State because of an injured pectoral muscle, Holgorsen had never had a quarterback miss a game because of injury.
"I told Ford that last week,'' Holgorsen cracked about the 6-foot-5, 234-pounder. " 'You're the first quarterback that's ever missed a game. Big and strong my butt.' He thinks he's all big and strong and tough, but he's the first quarterback that's ever missed a game.''
Now Trickett, who injured his throwing shoulder late in last week's game, could be the second in as many weeks.
"I think our kick returners are garbage,'' he said.
There will be open competition this week to try to correct that.
"We don't face one next week,'' Holgorsen pointed out.
The Mountaineers have a bye next week.
"The week after that, though, we will probably face a 6-0, top-10 Texas Tech team,'' he said, returning to reality.
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