FORD CHILDRESS IMPRESSES IN FIRST START FOR WVU
A week before the season, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen cut his three-player quarterback race to two, labeling Paul Millard and Clint Trickett as the competitors and Ford Childress the third-stringer.
But three weeks later, after uncharacteristic struggles from Holgorsen's air raid offense, Childress was suddenly bolted into the starting role, with Holgorsen implementing the shake-up right before this past Saturday's game against Georgia State.
And with the help of a clearly overmatched opponent, the redshirt freshman impressed in his first start, going 25-of-41 passing for 359 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-7 win.
“I thought he did good,” Holgorsen said of Childress. “I thought his demeanor was good, he didn't get rattled.”
Consider the initial test a success. But with a game at Maryland this weekend, followed by a home date with Big 12 favorite Oklahoma State the next week, Holgorsen knows he'll find out much more about Childress in the near future.
“He's got a long way to go,” Holgorsen said. “He hasn't played a lot of football. Played two years of high school football. This is his first game in college, so he's relatively raw at the quarterback position. The stage is obviously going to be bigger this weekend and in the games to come in the Big 12.”
CHARLIE WEIS MUDDLED IN DUBIOUS LOSING STREAK
Dating back to his last season at Notre Dame, Charlie Weis has lost 16 consecutive games to FBS opponents.
And of the 12 that came while Weis has been at Kansas, two have been at the hands of typically overmatched Rice, a middle-of-the-pack C-USA program that's 10-15 against non-KU teams the past three seasons.
The second of those came on Saturday in Houston, when the Jayhawks blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost 23-14.
KU had its chances, particularly on offense, but drops plagued the receiving corps and eventually doomed the chances of breaking Weis' unenviable streak.
“The problem was it wasn't just some drops, it was six drops,” Weis said during Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference. “Six drops and five of them for key first downs and one of them for a walk in touchdown.”
Weis seemed a bit puzzled by the trend, noting that the first team completed 29 of 31 passes in practice during the week's preparation and didn't have a drop.
“It's just not consistent of what's going on in practice,” Weis said. “So you just keep on working with the guys who are dropping them and see if there's other alternatives.”