Holgorsen said that when Childress took practice reps last week he simply tried to play through any pain. The next time he tries to play, Holgorsen said he will be eased back into it more slowly.
Childress started the only two games he played in this season. He took over for Millard, who had started the first two games, against Georgia State and set a school record for passing yards by a freshman when he went 25 of 41 for 359 yards. He threw three touchdowns and was intercepted once in a 41-7 win.
A week later, though, Childress completed just 11 of 22 passes for only 62 yards and was intercepted twice in a 37-0 loss to Maryland in Baltimore. One of his picks was returned for a touchdown and the other set up a Maryland score near the goal line.
It was in the days following that performance that Childress' injury was revealed. Trickett became the team's third starting quarterback in the span of four games.
Childress dressed for the two games after his injury was disclosed, but presumably was only an emergency option to take snaps and hand the ball off. He had not thrown until last week.
If Childress does remain out for an extended period, it leaves the team alarmingly thin at the position. The only other quarterback listed on the roster is Storm McPherson, a walk-on freshman from Princeton who didn't even play his senior season in high school after he transferred and was denied eligibility.
As for Childress, if he isn't able to come back this year it will likely mean a lost season as far as eligibility is concerned. He redshirted last year as a true freshman and instances of the NCAA granting a second redshirt season - a sixth year of eligibility - are rare and usually tied to a catastrophic injury.
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