MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Paul Millard continues holding firm as West Virginia’s backup quarterback job, a reckonable outcome given his three seasons in Dana Holgorsen’s offense.

Freshman William Crest, who has all of 15 days in Holgorsen’s system, might still be an option as becomes better acclimated.

“Yeah, Paul looks good,” Holgorsen said Thursday. “He has been taking reps and is obviously the most game-ready, but I haven’t made that decision for sure yet.

“William is a guy that is going to continue to rep and continue to get better,” Holgorsen said. “His ceiling is high. How far he can advance, I don’t know yet, so he will continue to get reps as well.”

West Virginia hopes to see senior Clint Trickett taking all the meaningful snaps this season, just as Holgorsen’s starting quarterbacks typically did at Texas Tech, Houston and Oklahoma State. Yet Trickett has been knocked out of three of his nine career starts, a worrisome precedent with WVU breaking in two new tackles.

Throughout camp, the media have prodded coaches and players for clues as to whether WVU might devise a situational package to utilize Crest’s athleticism. That hasn’t been Holgorsen’s method in previous years, though no one in his line of pocket passers could match Crest’s elusiveness.

“I never done it—not to say I’m against it—I never done it based on not having a guy to do it,” Holgorsen said. “Then in addition to that, we always had starting quarterbacks, discard last year, but we always had a guy that was the main guy, that was pretty good and we didn’t want to take him off the field. Period.”

A timid mixture of new personnel in 2013 forced West Virginia to huddle far more than Holgorsen prefers. With most of those skill players returning this season and showing steeply improved awareness, the uptempo attack is back.

“I am very happy with it,” Holgorsen said. “We worked two-minute (offense) the other day for the first time, and it was almost like we have been doing it all along.”

Friday brings a full-padded practice followed by a Saturday scrimmage that will signal the close of preseason camp. After classes begin Monday, Holgorsen intends to spend five days simulating “game week” against Alabama.

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  • Sober

    4-8 last year.

    Lost to both Kansas and Iowa State.

    Lost 6 of 7 last games.

    Top two defensive linemen gone.

    3 starting offensive linemen gone.

    Top running back gone.

    2011-2013 recruiting classes mediocre at best.

    Touting very average performers as leaders based on nothing more than another year gone by.

    Tougher schedule.

    QB situation a huge concern.

    We have some winnable games. Towson and Kansas we should beat no problem (even if Kansas smoked us last year).
    Maryland, Texas Tech, TCU and Iowa State have mediocre talent and any advantage is limited to coaching.

    Upsets are not uncommon and no team other than Alabama and Oklahoma will be huge favorites.

    It would not be shocking to win a game among Baylor, Texas, Kansas State and Oklahoma St.

    With this coaching staff though we have seen that we are considerably more likely to underachieve than over achieve and to lose winnable games more often than we pull surprises

    Towson and Kansas , we win both.

    Maryland, Texas Tech, TCU and Iowa State, we go 2-2.

    Baylor, Texas, Kansas State and Oklahoma St., maybe we win 1 and manage 5-7, but another 4-8 would be no shock.

    • Ole Sasquatch

      Thank you Sober. Finally a rational comment.