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Is using 2 QBs better than one?

August 29, 2013
By Mickey Furfari For The Inter-Mountain , The Inter-Mountain

MORGANTOWN-I heard a highly successful college head football coach once say if you try to go with two quarterbacks in games you really don't have any.

That comes to mind only because I heard Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia University's third-year gridmaster, say earlier in the week that his two top signal-callers may share the job in the season's opening game on Saturday against William & Mary.

He explained there is a good chance that junior Paul Millard and newcomer Clint Trickett both could see action and continue competing for the starting nod.

However, he still has not revealed which one will be in there at the start. But most observers think Trickett will get the call.

A Morgantown area native, he has more collegiate experience than Millard, who backed up graduated superstar Geno Smith for two years.

Trickett made two starts as the backup at Florida State, from which he graduated in three years. He joined the Mountaineers in May.

While I haven't seen WVU practice since last spring's intrasquad game, I'm guessing that it really shouldn't make much difference who starts.

West Virginia is a 32-point favorite against William & Mary. The kickoff is set for noon.

Holgorsen said both Trickett and Millard have raised their game since the start of fall camp. Because of that, the competition has heightened between them.

With both Trickett and Millard seeing action, Holgorsen said, "How that plays out, I'm not sure yet.

"Both guys bring something to the table, but it's about the guy who is not going to make mistakes."

Holgorsen admittedly has never used a two-quarterback system in his 14 years of Division I coaching.

"You'd rather have one," he said on Big 12 Media Day in Dallas last month.

"And the more reps that they can take, the better off they're going to be.

Holgorsen emphasized, "They both (Trickett and Millard) bring a little something different to our offense," when he was asked to compare them.

"Paul knows the offense better. He's a little more comfortable with the communication, getting calls and knowing where to go based on the reps he's had in this offense.

"Clint is seasoned. He has more game experience, and has really good leadership skills.

"He's calm under pressure, and he keeps plays alive."

Millard, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, has experience in 11 games, completed 16 of 34 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns.

Trickett, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, played in 17 games at Florida State, completed 66 passes for 947 yards and seven touchdowns.

 
 

 

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