Of course, Childress is no novice to the game. Not only has he been around it all his life, he's been around it at the highest levels. His dad, Ray, was a five-time Pro Bowl defensive end with the Houston Oilers.
He was asked if perhaps sometimes, when he's in those quarterback meetings or on the field with so many decisions to make and his head is spinning, does he wish he'd followed his dad's footsteps and become a defensive end, chasing QBs instead of trying to be one.
"All the time,'' said Childress, who has added another 10 pounds since his arrival. "All the time.
"But the last time I played D-line was sixth grade and I was twice the size of everybody else, so it was pretty easy. I think it would be pretty fun for maybe a day and then I'm done.''
By all accounts, the battle between Childress and Millard is as even as they come.
"One of us has a better day than the other one and then the next day it's the other way,'' Childress said. "It just goes back and forth.''
Come Saturday afternoon, when spring drills end with the 2 p.m. Gold-Blue game at Mountaineer Field, Holgorsen said the two will split the first-team reps just as they have all spring, or roughly evenly. They will likely do the same thing when fall practice begins in August.
"We're just going to have to compete all the way through and just keep getting better every time,'' Childress said. "I think it's a lot better with us competing and pushing each other. I think that will bring a lot better play out of both of us.''
For Childress, of course, his level of play has already been taken to the next level from where he was a year ago.
"I think I've made progress,'' Childress said. "My timing, my urgency has gotten a ton better; my footwork especially from the beginning of spring to today, everything has picked up.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.