Trickett made all kinds of clutch plays in sparking the win over Oklahoma State, but then was at the controls for the rout at Baylor. He is completing an awful 41.2 percent of his passes, but has been the only quarterback to provide a real spark.
Millard, meanwhile, has the best completion percentage and quarterback rating, has thrown only one interception (the others have three each) and is the only truly healthy one. But he also has failed to move the offense except for a couple of drives against Baylor's reserves when the game was long out of hand.
To listen to Holgorsen, any quarterback decisions in the short term will be between Trickett and Childress.
"You look at Clint and Ford, they've played two games in a Mountaineer uniform. They've got to continue to get better,'' Holgorsen said. "It's unfortunate that both those guys are dealing with injuries, but they have to continue to improve. And I have all the confidence in the world in those two guys that they will continue to improve.''
Until or unless that happens, however, it's not doing West Virginia's offense any good.
"It's a dynamic I don't like and it' a dynamic that is not beneficial to your football team, beneficial to your offense when you have an offense that has so many new parts, so many inexperienced players,'' Holgorsen said. "It's not the way I want it to be, but the reality is that we've played six games and we've had three quarterbacks start two games each. They're all guys that just haven't played very much and for whatever reasons, whether it's injuries or how they've practiced or how they've played in games, we've got to keep evaluating them.''
Again, though, Holgorsen sounded like Trickett was still his choice.
"Clint played really well against Oklahoma State and played very average against Baylor. Whether it was his shoulder or whether it wasn't his shoulder, I don't know. I haven't coached him long enough to figure it out,'' Holgorsen said. "I do like his grit and I do like how he's toughed it out. He played through it in a challenging environment and a challenging situation and he didn't just turn it down. We're really happy to see that.''
Happy, but apparently not convinced. Assuming both Trickett and Childress emerge from the off week in good shape physically, they could still go into next week competing.
"I'll go with Clint unless Ford does something in practice,'' Holgorsen said. "And then we'll go from there.''
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