MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The more things change, the more they stay the same for West Virginia's football team.
At least that's true where the quarterback position is concerned.
Eleven weeks into the season, the Mountaineers are right back where they've been so many times this season - heading into a game week without a clear starter at quarterback.
And the formula for making a decision remains the same.
"It's all based on practice,'' Dana Holgorsen said Monday.
Well, practice and the health of Clint Trickett, that is.
Trickett, who has started WVU's last six games, left Saturday's 47-40 overtime loss to Texas late in the first quarter. He had been battered by the Longhorns' pass rush for two straight series and on the first play of the next possession dropped the ball even before he was buried and took a hit to the head.
By Sunday, when the Mountaineers met for a light practice and meetings, Trickett seemed fine.
"He came in, was alert, he gave us the thumbs up and was in the meetings,'' Holgorsen said.
That doesn't mean he'll be able to play, though, when West Virginia (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) goes to Kansas (2-7, 0-6) for a noon game on Saturday.
"There's a little bit of a progression that they have to do any time a head is involved,'' Holgorsen said. "They've got to do some non-contact stuff prior to releasing him, so I would anticipate him being a non-contact guy. But at this point of the season everybody's a non-contact guy on Tuesday.''
But even if Trickett is eventually cleared, there still will be issues in choosing a starter for Saturday. Part of it depends on how much he is able to practice and, if he does practice, how both he and backup Paul Millard perform during those workouts.