MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Even after taking a helmet to the chin in his first college start, West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress isn’t adjusting his attitude.

“I like blitzes,” said the redshirt freshman, who should love what Maryland has in store this week.

Though Childress was sacked twice by Georgia State actually, he absorbed his most jarring hit on a 21-yard, fourth-quarter completion to Daikiel Shorts. As Panthers linebacker Jarrell Robinson spilled through the middle of the line, Childress stepped into the throw barely a nano-second before being crunched.

“He got under my chin,” Childress said. “It was a little uncomfortable.”

But productive quarterbacks see explosive potential amid those uncomfortable moments. When defenses load up pressure packages, they’re capable of being exploited—provided the quarterback has enough time and nerve.

“It’s easy to get a really big play out of it when they blitz,” Childress said. “You hit them in the voided area and then we can get a big shot in. Sometimes I’ll have to take a shot, but I don’t mind doing that.”

Maryland (3-0), which tops the nation with 15 sacks this season, figures to stay aggressive against West Virginia (2-1) on Saturday in Baltimore. During last week’s 32-21 win at UConn, the Terps rang up six sacks.

“(Maryland) can blitz all they want; as long as we pick it up we’ll make big plays out of it.”                                                — West Virginia offensive lineman guard Mark Glowinski

“They can blitz all they want; as long as we pick it up we’ll make big plays out of it,” said WVU guard Mark Glowinski before heading off to watch video of the Terps defense.

Of particular note is outside linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who has compiled 5.5 sacks both coming off the edge and stunting inside. “I’ll find out more from film and see if what he does is anything spectacular,” Glowinski said.

To some extent, West Virginia’s pass-protection failings last week were a bi-product of Childress facing competing agendas in his first start. With head coach Dana Holgorsen pushing him to ramp up the offensive tempo, Childress sometimes didn’t allow his offensive linemen time to change their blocking calls after the Georgia State defense jumped out of its original alignment.

“Some of that was on me,” Childress said. “I know now that (the linemen) need their time, so that they can protect me.”

In search of a silver lining, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson lauded Childress for shaking off the knockdowns to throw for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

“A lot of time you get hit and you get antsy,” Dawson said. “But he did a really good job of standing in the pocket, taking some really good hits and delivering accurate balls.”

After Maryland lost both starting cornerbacks to injuries, you might expect the Terps to play more zone coverage in hopes of protecting the newbies, but Dawson isn’t banking on such a philosophical shift. Edsall’s defenses have been blitz-reliant for years and West Virginia’s downfield passing game through three weeks has been spotty.

“I don’t think they’re going to change their mentality at all,” Dawson said, “because we haven’t made a lot of plays down the field. Why would anyone come out and be threatened by us? We have to produce and make some plays before we can change the defense’s mentality.”

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  • Justin

    William is one of those dudes who never played any sport in his life and if he did he ate boogers and rode the pine and would lead the mascot out at pep rallies come on dude give it a rest.Let's go mountaineers. Come get some.

    • William

      Looks like my namesake is being overwhelmed by the WVU fans on this board! I won't say anything negative about him, but I am taking time today, since I have it, to try and educate the readers that there IS more than one William.

      While I may be critical, I am a WVU fan first and always!!! The other William just has fun at the expense of others. I can almost see him drinking a beer, posting caustic comments, returning to this board as he cracks open a 2nd beer and laughs at the response he has garnered!!!!

      I've given my impression of the game. WVU by 7. I've talked about offense, but on D, I expect our front 3 to get some push to make Maryland's QB uncomfortable. The blitzes have involved all of the linebackers now, as well as CB and Safeties. I expect it to continue to come from multiple directions. The Maryland QB will have some running room, but if we can force him to tuck it and run, as I believe we can, then at the end of the day, my 7 point prediction will be correct. I'm thinking Rose comes up big with some TFL. Clarke deflects at least one pass; Rowell has 4 UTs, and Worley gets an INT and a sack. Just my opinion, and I am having fun now.

      I'll return this evening and check things out. Hopefully you won't want to run me away.. But for now, it's back to the grind.

  • JD

    I agree, let Ford and the rest of the team develop. They will have their growing pains this season but that is fine, it happens. If we finish the season 8-4 I'll watch every game and if we finish 4-8 that will not change. I am a die hard WVU fan and will support my team no matter what kind of season they have. I am only 27 but I remember the good and the bad. I remember our last losing season, 2001. We went 3-8 that year, our only wins were against kent state, ohio, and rutgers. Not many games were televised, I recall the BC game was but I remember listening to most of them on the radio. My favorite moment from that season was listening to the mountaineers thrash rutgers 80-7. My least favorite moment was the close loss to temple. I know I rambled a bit but my point is win or lose, I will always support the Old Gold & Blue till the end!

  • Daniel

    Wow! Such enthusiasm on all your posts. Childress is a stud! He will be a four-year starter as he predicted (unless injured). The offensive line is now being coached by one of the best in the country (moved from Stanford) and the defensive coordinator is the same that kept WVU from reaching the National Championship Game on that late December night in Morgantown against Pitt. What more do you people ask for? Of course! I forgot: a national championship and unblemished records year in and out! As long as this team is competitive week in and out, I'm for them! Even when they aren't: I'm all for them! True Mountaineers bleed Blue & Gold. The rest need to go home and join a different fan base! Be loud and proud! Go Mountaineers!!!!

    • Bobby M

      FRIEND! You might BE wrong about the defensive coach! I think the guy WHO coached defenses for PITT and kept us FROM the game is the head COACH at Iowa STATE in Paul Roads! Look it UP Friend!

      Spot it up! Let it RIP! Rock N ROLL Rumble!

  • ducks in a row

    Here it is. My point # 1 covered. Appreciate it very much. Punting is good. How do you anticipate the remainder of ST's play on Sat.?

  • william price

    William Loves Attention. He must be lonely Man or oy.

    • William

      I don't visit every day, and I've always left positive comments. Today, you have been discussing my namesake, who does not have my opinions and who is probably from down in Marshall territory. He probably doesn't post there because of lack of general readership for Marshall articles.
      But for the choice you made to name yourself william price on this board, you might have ended up as a 3d William.

  • jwg66

    I too like seeing our teams develop. As for rankings, its still pretty early for them to mean much... Every preseason, seems like ND gets top 10 respect, then they loose to Michigan and Michigan nearly falls to some Zips.... One week WVU is flying high and beating Texas at Texas, then you find out they have weaknesses and Baylor was a better W. Same stories, different year. Guess that's why its interesting and why they play the games.

  • tw eagle

    without WILLIAM and the caustic verbal darts thrown at him, this posting page would be almost bare . . .so , my thinking is WILLIAM is a youth (12 or less) , a very lonely man
    seeking some social feedback , or an acquaintance of Allan Taylor posting to
    heat up the embers of Mountaineer nation. . .

    Whichever , I enjoy the verbal rancor being
    tossed around . . .it definitely exhibits some passion for the WVU athletic program. . .

    • Maxxajay

      @ tw ....William has more than one name on here sometimes ..he will use the name WLLLLIAM....look at it without the caps...Wlllliam. Looks almost the same. and O William. Young person not a man yet.....

      • Big Larry

        I don't know who William is and I don't really care but "I love his Work"...

        • William

          Thank you, Big L. Go Mountaineers!!!! I'll not make Maryland, but I have tickets for all home games, and I'll be in person at KSU in October. Ordered tickets for that game from WVU Ticket Office.

    • Allan Taylor

      C'mon, tweagle: Planted comments are a big no-no. (Plus, why would I plant a guy who creates extra work for me moderating all the anti-William commenters who call him NC-17 names?)

  • Joe Cool

    Bryan, who were you referring to?

  • June

    Atta boy

  • Bryan

    Just wanted to repost correctly so there is no confusion as to who I was referring to.


    Thank you for keeping us fans up on the true inner workings of mountaineer nation. Without your insight and knowledge some of us might not realize how bad things are. You have finally convinced me to look at this program through something other than my rosé colored glasses and see the true picture.... NOT, please go away as you add nothing of relavance in any of your post on any article. Instead of complaining all the show support, watch the team grow and enjoy in the success that is sure to come this year and for many more years.


    • chad

      Willie is obviously a marsha or pitt fan. I say we just all ignore him fro this point on.

  • Bryan

    Previous post was referring to William.

  • Truthteller

    Who has Maryland played for Terps fans to be bragging about their defense? That is like Kramer on Jerry Sienfield bragging how he is the best Karate student in his dojo but the other students are little kids. Come on get real!!! WVU
    went into Norman on the road and allowed Oklahoma one touchdown. Do you honestly think
    Maryland is better than Oklahoma??? What is Maryland ranked?? End of story!!!

    • Harpers Ferry

      Some might argue the same about WVU

  • Bryan

    Thank you for keeping us fans up on the true inner workings of mountaineer nation. Without your insight and knowledge some of us might not realize how bad things are. You have finally convinced me to look at this program through something other than my rosé colored glasses and see the true picture.... NOT, please go away as you add nothing of relavance in any of your post on any article. Instead of complaining all the show support, watch the team grow and enjoy in the success that is sure to come this year and for many more years.


  • Mountaineer fanatic

    I truly wish someone would run William our of town. I for one am sick of his big mouth.

    • William

      There are two Williams. I am a Mountaineer fan, and I won't change my name just because of my namesake. I'm not going anywhere. I love WVU sports, and I don't have the same opinions as the other W. I'm guessing you won't have a problem determining who is who. I have to admit that I replied to his thread just to show that there are two.

      Things aren't always as they appear when we use anonymous or shorthand names on this or any board.

      I stand by my opinion that WVU will win by 7 points. I'm thinking we'll have a solid day running the ball, which will open up some play action passes. Specail teams will be important. I look for Lambert to be limited to field goals under 50 yards, since he has two misses at 50+. O'Toole will need to win the field position battle for us. RB will need to continue to be surehanded. I'm expecting Kevin White to bounce back and have a good day. Imac had 100+ yards two years ago vs. Maryland, and I'm hoping he can duplicate it. KJ and Shorts will continue their surehanded catches, and Sims and Smallwood will get some opportunities to catch the ball out of the backfield!

  • William

    Big quarterback mess in Morgantown by mid-season.
    What will happen with Millard?
    What will happen with Trickett?
    At end of season a lot of WVU fans will want to run Dana "You Know" Holgerson out of Morgantown.

    • William

      JMO, but I am thinking that Ford will have a big day against Maryland. Stefan Diggs scored a couple of touchdowns last year, and with multiple weapons available to Maryland, the key will be pressuring their QB into quick decisions. If we flush him, we're going to need to make him pay with good, clean, hard tackles.

      I believe this will be an entertaining, competitive game. Playing at M & T stadium will cause some butterflies to everyone, but at the end of the day, I believe WVU wins by a touchdown.

      So says William.

      • dougie

        Why do you say "we" ? Why do you pretend to be a WVU fan?

        • William

          Ever think that there is more than one William? Don't know where the imposter lives, but I live in the Potomac Highlands, and I have had season tickets for 30 years.

    • William

      i am sorry I said that

      • Bobby M

        THATS OK! We ALL do it from time to TIME Friend! Hang IN there and Rock N ROLL RUMBLE to victory!

    • chad

      What will happen with Millard? He will ride the pine
      What will happen with Trickett? He will ride the pine

      Your hopes of a QB controversy are an illusion Willie

    • rekterx

      What will happen with you, William, when Childress is still starting at mid-season?

    • mauldawg

      Life is tough its even tougher when you stupid. Go away and cheer for your herdies.

    • Duggie

      I want to play a drinking game with Holgerson. Every time William cuts and pastes, we drink. Every time he uses "You Know" as Holgerson's middle name, we drink. Every time he talks about the shirt Holgerson wears, we drink. Every time he says "quarterback mess," we drink. Every time he says "run Holgerson out of town or Morgantown, we drink......Hey this could be a fun game on Campus! Don't let me down Willy!

      • Mark

        At least he's spelling it correctly now...drink!

    • Charlie

      Grow up or go away.