LAWRENCE, Kan. - As the week ended, Dana Holgorsen remained secretive about who West Virginia's starting quarterback might be today against Kansas.
He insisted that even with practice already in the books, he'd still not made a decision. Presumably it will be either Paul Millard or Clint Trickett, but Ford Childress seems healthy again and so, for the first time in almost two months, Holgorsen can be picky.
Almost no one really believes that Holgorsen is going into today's noon (ET) game undecided. He just doesn't want to say.
And why should he? After all, Kansas' offense has a two-headed quarterback and Charlie Weis isn't even trying to hide the fact that he's keeping his starter under wraps because he simply doesn't want West Virginia to know who it is.
"I know who's starting at quarterback,'' he said this week. "But why should I tell them? That's really what it comes down to.''
Truth be told, Weis keeping his starter a secret is considerably more significant an issue for West Virginia than WVU's unknown starting quarterback is for Kansas. The bottom line is that whether West Virginia starts Millard or Trickett - or even Childress - the offense doesn't change much.
Kansas? That's a different story all together.
Jake Heaps, the former BYU quarterback who transferred and sat out last season, has started every game. He's thrown for more than 1,200 yards with seven touchdowns and as many interceptions. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior is the odds-on favorite to start again today, too.
But whether he starts or comes off the bench, true freshman Montell Cozart presents an entirely different look. The 6-2, 189-pounder didn't even play the first five games of the season, but has come off the bench more and more frequently in the last four. The last three games, in particular, have been his coming-out party.
Last week, in a loss to Oklahoma State, Cozart replaced Heaps for most of the game. He completed just 6 of 17 passes for 58 yards, but he also ran 18 times and gained 55 yards. Heaps hasn't gained that many yards all season, running for a plus of 42 and suffering 192 yards in sack losses.
In other words, Cozart changes the offense. Dramatically.