MORGANTOWN - If Dana Holgorsen had his druthers, there seems no question he would start Clint Trickett at quarterback Saturday night when West Virginia faces Baylor.
That decision might be out of his hands, though.
Trickett, who helped provide the Mountaineers with their first real offensive spark of the season in Saturday's 30-21 upset of Oklahoma State, goes into practice this week with an injured shoulder suffered late in that game.
Ford Childress, the redshirt freshman that Trickett replaced, is still battling the injured pectoral muscle he suffered a week earlier at Maryland.
And so when the Mountaineers gathered for their usual light Sunday practice, the only healthy quarterback was Paul Millard, the starter for the first two games of the season who hasn't taken a snap in the last three.
In other words, don't expect a decision on a Saturday starter right away. There are too many variables, with the greatest being health.
"They're both banged up,'' Holgorsen said Monday of Trickett and Childress. "Clint got banged up a little bit on the right side of his arm. I don't know how they're going to react to that. I've got to wait until [today] when we get back out on the practice field and see how he is, see how Ford is.
"Fortunately we've played all three of them. I will evaluate how they do Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and make a decision on who it's going to be.''
Again, there seems little question that if all the quarterbacks are available, then Trickett would get the call.
Strictly from a statistical point of view, Trickett has actually fared worse than the other two. His completion percentage and NCAA quarterback rating are well below Childress and Millard and his interception rate is higher.
But as far as leading the offense and making things happen under pressure, there is no comparison. Trickett did that far better in his first real chance to play this season.