Childress leads WVU quarterback pack

The last time someone named Ford went up against somebody from the state of Georgia, the results were less than stellar.

So while West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen isn’t ready to play “Hail to the Chief,” he did say his Ford – quarterback Ford Childress – did well enough to earn a second term.

“I thought he did good,” the coach said during Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference. “He didn’t get rattled. He stood in there, didn’t get rattled and got back up and went to work.”

Childress completed 25 of his 41 passing attempts for 359 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Georgia State last weekend. He, however, was sacked twice and threw one interception. His play was good enough to warrant Athlon magazine naming him the National Offensive Freshman of the Week honoree.

“Consistency, he’s go a long way to go,” Holgorsen said. “He’s relatively raw. He’s got a lot of things to work on, and I fully expect his demeanor to be consistent.”

Childress was listed as the No. 3 quarterback on the Mountaineers’ depth chart until Thursday. That’s when Holgorsen took to the airwaves of his weekly radio show to announce the ascension of the red-shirt freshman to the starting role. His play relegated juniors Clint Trickett and former starter Paul Millard to the sidelines.

“Ford is going to have a chance to settle the unknown at quarterback,” Holgorsen said. “The end result is something I don’t know just yet.”

Childress handled the communication aspect of his position well, Holgorsen said. But he said this week’s game against Maryland in Baltimore will present a new challenge.

“The bigger the stage, the harder it’s going to be,” Holgorsen said, adding that Childress’ relationship with the Mountaineer receivers “is going to take some time.”

WVU, 2-1, travels to Baltimore Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. game with long-time border rival Maryland. The game will be televised on ESPNU.