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Ford Childress was ineffective at Maryland trying to play through a torn pectoral injury.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia redshirt freshman quarterback Ford Childress is expected to miss the remainder of the season as he recovers from a torn pectoral muscle, according to two sources close to the program.

“He’s bummed,” said one of the sources.

Childress owned a 1-1 record in two starts this season, the last of which was a 37-0 loss at Maryland on Sept. 21 during which he played through the injury. He has not seen action in West Virginia’s most recent two games, both of which were started by junior transfer Clint Trickett.

Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson have been coy about the status of the quarterbacks competition throughout the fall as Paul Millard, Childress and Trickett have taken turns leading the offense.

Holgorsen said WVU doctors initially suggested the pectoral injury would heal on its own. The injury became swollen and inflamed during the bye week as Childress took practice reps and “let it rip,” according to Holgorsen.

“We tried to get him back in the fold in practice last week, but it made it worse,” the coach said Thursday night on his weekly radio show.

Subsequent medical examinations in Childress’s hometown of Houston raised the possibility that the healing process would require the remainder of the season.

“The best thing to do now is put him back on the shelf and see how it goes,” Holgorsen said. “Right now, it could be a week, it could be two or three weeks, it could be three or four weeks. I don’t know.”

The staff has not named a starter for Saturday’s game against No. 16 Texas Tech, but Holgorsen said Trickett and Millard split reps 50-50.

UPDATE
An earlier version of this story included sources claiming surgery would be required, but another source subsequently said Childress can heal without a procedure. Holgorsen on Thursday night repeated his statement from three weeks ago that surgery would not be required.

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Comments

  • Big Ed 62

    Eers are in the bottom of a cycle. It seems like WV has much shorter cycles than most. Wait till next year, OK.

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  • Keith n Florida

    Hey Dana I hear that theres a QB in Texas that they dont want lets GET HIM!! I can't belive that in the whole country this is the best we have?? Never in over 50 years have I seen young men not care , not have any pride about our state. I say scarp the whole thing. I would rather go 0-16 with people who actually care than this mess you have created.
    Good night WVU as long as this guy is at the helm.

  • Keith n Florida

    How long do we put up with this supposedly guru of offense? He is terrible!! Luck must have so much money in him that he can't get out of it. He may be a great Co=Ordinator but not much of a head coach!! Oh Bill we miss You!!

  • gv

    No Big Larry, the ultimate screw comes in basketball season.

  • Gunga Din

    Let's get some more QBs up in here.

  • JaneM

    Bryan must be thinking of the 2008 season, in which WVU was ranked 8th in the pre-season AP poll and ended up ranked 23rd in the post-season poll.
    RR was at Michigan and his assistants were gone, this is Bill Stewarts first year as head coach

  • jfk

    Also Millard has played the best out of the three If Ivan just catches the TD pass and K.White doesn't fumble we beat OU

  • wvman75

    Mountaineers win Saturday. A close one.

    Go Mountaineers!

  • Billy

    Why are people who post negative comments considered fair weather fans? I do not understand how these so called true fans, who bleed blue and gold would make such assumptions. A true fan who is not upset by the current WVU athletic department, is not a true fan. How could a true fan not be upset?

    • Billy

      I prefer the phrase, "disgruntled fan"

  • Bummed

    We were screwed after week 3. Pocket-passing only QBs are not the right fit for our O line. No legs= a tired punter.

  • Joke.

    Maybe there is something to Pat White's tweet about the players not like Dana nor believing in his system.

    • Bryan

      Your right, there is something to it. It's called calling the kettle black, if memory serves me correct he was part of one of the most diss appointing seasons ever. The underachievers starting the season ranked fifth and no top twenty finish. Let's let him call the shots.

      • Rick S.

        For the record, during Pat White's four seasons, WVU went 11-1, 11-2, 11-2, and 9-4. That is a total of 42-9, which was the highest four-year winning percentage in school history (0.824), narrowly edging the 1922-1925 stretch, when WVU went 23-3-2 (0.821).

        White also became the first quarterback in NCAA history to start and win four bowl games, being named MVP in three of the games.

        WVU went 34-8 in White's starts, giving White the best record of any starting quarterback in WVU history.

        Bryan must be thinking of the 2008 season, in which WVU was ranked 8th in the pre-season AP poll and ended up ranked 23rd in the post-season poll.

        • michelle

          Thanks for someone defending Pat, Rick. Geez, he's the best we've had. Character, competitiveness, integrity, talent, and a Mountaineer faithful even though he was from Alabama. Can't get much better than Pat. If only we could have another leader like him at quarterback. Can't have anyone talking smack about my boy. His tweets are also dead-on correct. Add courage to his traits for speaking the truth.

  • Chef Camille

    We been screwed since wonder boy took over the coaching reigns!

  • farm kid

    my thoughts are that either QB at wvu now will see the field next year. the recruit from dunbar high school will start.

  • Bryan

    So just what you of little faith be complaining about and making up stories about if WVU was undefeated ?