MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — In this season marked by a perpetual quarterback derby, West Virginia’s starter for the final game could remain a mystery until game time.

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Quarterback Clint Trickett suffered a first-quarter concussion against Texas on Nov. 9 , but has been cleared to practice.

Dana Holgorsen said Monday that Clint Trickett has been cleared to practice following a concussion suffered Nov. 9 against Texas. But the coach declined to name a starter for the Mountaineers’ season-ending matchup against Iowa State (2-9, 1-7) on Saturday.

WVU (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) has been eliminated from bowl contention and needs a win over the Cyclones or a loss by Kansas to avoid a last-place finish in the conference.

Trickett was knocked out in the first quarter against Texas and did not dress for West Virginia’s 31-19 loss at Kansas. His replacement, junior Paul Millard—who was benched earlier this season after starting WVU’s first two games—has committed six turnovers in the last seven-plus quarters.

Another option could be redshirt freshman Ford Childress, who hasn’t played since tearing a pectoral muscle during the Sept. 21 loss at Maryland but reportedly resumed throwing drills the past two weeks.

“We’ll see what their mood is, what their mentality is, and how they practice here in the next three, four days,” Holgorsen said.

Because of injuries or spotty performance, WVU’s starting quarterback has been a late-week or gametime revelation seven times this season.

The injury news Monday was nebulous on two veterans hoping to play in Saturday’s “Senior Day” finale. Holgorsen called safety Darwin Cook (groin) and right tackle Curtis Feigt (knee) questionable after both went down in the upset loss at Kansas.

Sophomore linebacker Isaiah Bruce and freshman cornerback Daryl Worley also were listed as questionable for Saturday.

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  • Jack

    Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher are the head coaches of Alabama and Florida State ranked 1 and 2 in the nation. Both are natives of West Virginia. It really doesn't matter how much money WVU would be willing to pay them, they would not consider coaching at WVU. The Big 12 has always been one of the premier conferences in the nation and we knew going in the competition was going to be elevated. The coaching staff has to establish themselves by good recruiting and developing depth at every position because injuries are inevitable. Give them another year or two.

  • MoMoney

    Where are all the "real Mountaineer fans" like Shawn, and JaneM, and the likes today with their 9-3 and 8-4 predictions? Things got ugly quick and they bailed just as quickly. They harshly criticized anyone who said that WVU football was going to be down AGAIN this year or criticized Holgorsen.
    Where, o' where are they now??? Licking their butts just to get the taste of this season out of their mouths.

    • big tom

      I have to agree,, some people wouldn't know reality if it hit them square in the face

      and for sure, we won't be any better next yr either...

      until we find us a qb , develop the off line and def. we'll just be pretenders.....

  • david goldsburg

    Ford Childress should be the starter he is the quarterback for the next 3 years and he should be given the job against the cyclones one of the other 2 will have to leave to make room for a freshmen to start learning behind Childress Trickett is happy to be at wvu it is his home and he is happy there and he can be a teacher for the freshman and he will give us a great option at quarterback if Childress goes down we will be very deep at quarterback next year and trickett will guild the ship from the middle

  • MoMoney

    "WVU (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) has been eliminated from bowl contention and needs a win over the Cyclones or a loss by Kansas to avoid a last-place finish in the conference."
    Nothing more need be said. Says it all. Playing for last place. Wow.
    Just as I predicted back in August, 4-8 or 5-7 at best.
    I thought Ollie brought the Idiot Holgorsen in "to win national championships." How is that working out in Morgantown?? The offensive guru cannot even win 6 games. He cannot even recruit a decent QB. Not many want to play for the Idiot. What a farce. What a croque of crap Ollie sold the fans in Holgorsen.
    FIRE HOLGORSEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mauldawg

      your about the biggest isiot on this board. How many college football games have you coached?

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  • Ducks In A Row

    A solution to the current dire straits (not the band) would be to 1. Ban any mention of the current team, allowing only discussion about the good old days, or 2. Change our way of thinking. Remember, we are always as bad as we think we are, so, let's just start thinking we will be good next year, and perhaps..............................???????????

  • Mister Man

    Go Middle Tenn. State.

  • Mister Man

    Millard was pulled too soon.

  • Low Rider

    "WVU needs a win over the Cyclones or a loss by Kansas to avoid a last place finish in the conference". Wow…that says it all about this season. Hey, but look at the bright side, if we beat Iowa State, we climb to 8th!

    What a forgettable year. I've lived through several down years of WVU football, but nothing quite feels like this one. If the Mountaineers don't turn the corner and win at least 7 games next year…DH is gone.

  • WVU82MD

    Hey "Rock Solid"....since when are student athletes supposed to play for their coaches? They play for their team, their personal pride. Not one of these kids made it to the Division I level, let alone the collegiate level of athletics, playing for their coaches. None of these QB's will play on Sundays. How many schools really have one? Of the top ten college teams maybe two schools have quarterbacks that have even a remote chance of regular time in the NFL. Get with it happens. Pat White was our darling....he is "arm limited" but was a WVU sensation. Pat White, did however, have a high quality supporting cast. This is a thin but growing group of athletes.....we lost 8+ of our two deep defensive players for the season. we have about a dozen or less seniors. Go get a glass of cool aid dude.

  • Fed Up

    Does it really matter?

    • Mister Man

      WVU fans. If you had gone to a game you would be a bit more excited about the games. However, you can go online and get pictures and you can see what the campus and stadium look like.

  • Magic Mike

    I think Holgersen has one more year than done. To bad we could not offer Jimbo Fisher 9 million to come here.

    • Doug

      Fisher will not come here because if he does, He will have to win with someone else's recruits in three years or everyone will demand he and the AD be fired.

  • Rock Solid

    Let's pick a female cheerleader and put her in as starting quarterback. Arm strength can't be much different. Iowa State will play, will we??? I hope so but I think our team has packed it in for the season. Thanks Dana, you couldn't excite a crack addict to play hard. You have proven that you couldn't motivate anyone to play with emotion for you or your coaches. Come on team, prove me wrong! Please!

  • Mister Man

    I would, still, like to see Millard start. If he had been the starter all along we would be in a bowl game.

    • Doug

      Millard had a chance to get us in a bowl game. He blew it.

      • Mister Man

        He didn't blow it. He was yanked too soon.

        • Doug

          Yes he did blow it. Wasn't he the QB against Kansas? I am not blaming Millard for the season. I am just saying if WVU had won that game. We would be in a good spot if we win this one. He wasn't pulled against Kansas.

    • OldSkool

      The only game we won with Millard at the helm was against William and Mary, and it was close. No way we would have gone to a bowl with Millard starting. He just isn't a D1 QB. In addition to not being able to avoid the rush, he holds the ball too long and can't throw it downfield with any consistency. Not his fault but he makes us real easy to defend.

  • Mister Man

    Go Mountaineers. Let's finish this season on a positive note.

  • Deacon

    And Who cares anyway??
    Looking towards next season

    • Harpers Ferry

      Agreed. If we're STILL having this discussion next year, well , I think we all know what that means.

    • Grant

      Exactly. This is a Big 12 pillow fight. I really hate to say it, but I don't think this game matters much at all. Don't get me wrong, I'd rather win, and I am going to the game.

      • Troll is back

        It doesn't matter to you but I bet it still matters the players who put in the work and the coaches who put in the work. So for all those that it doesn't matter to, well just move on along things will be ok with out you.