MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen insists that it's still a three-horse race at quarterback after a week of training camp.
Redshirt freshman Ford Childress, junior Paul Millard and redshirt junior transfer Clint Trickett have split snaps evenly, and Holgorsen said he doesn't anticipate naming a starter before the end of camp.
"We probably want everyone to be in the dark like everybody else does," Holgorsen said with a grin, "but we won't go into the first game without a clue of who is going to be the guy."
Holgorsen doesn't expect, though, that the starter's name will remain an in-house secret up until the Mountaineers kick off their season opener Aug. 31 against William & Mary.
"We try to get our guys to keep as much of what happens inside the building to the people that need to know," Holgorsen said, "but with social media and emotions, I would be surprised if you don't know.
"It depends on how clear-cut it is. If it is really close, then we are going to keep it as close to the vest as we can. If it is clear-cut, then we will probably let you know."
If the quarterback competition stays neck-and-neck -- plus the large cup of Starbucks coffee Holgorsen slugged down at his Thursday news conference -- is just another thing to keep the coach up at night.
"The closer it is, the harder it is," Holgorsen said. "Those decisions are not easy. ... It affects kids' lives. These are guys that are working hard, and someone is going to be the guy and somebody is not. It's hard to deal with if you're not the guy."
Holgorsen has never rotated two starting quarterbacks, and he said he doesn't plan on trying that now.
"I am just going to work hard and do what I do," Millard said. "I have been here for two and a half years now and one thing I pride myself on is my work ethic. I am just going to do that and let the rest take care of itself. Whatever happens will happen."
The West Virginia offensive system would not change much from one quarterback to the next, Holgorsen said, referencing how, as offensive coordinator, his offense underwent no overhaul in the transition from Houston to Oklahoma State, from Case Keenum to Brandon Weeden.
Even with Trickett entering the scene from a pro-style Florida State offense, he has by all accounts adapted well to the Mountaineers' progression-based system.
"He's got game experience, he's got quarterback experience, but what we're asking him to do in our offense is different," Holgorsen said. "He's got to adjust to that -- he's a smart kid, he's a bright kid, he's very intuitive. He's got a good feel for the game, which is going to put him in position to be able to beat out guys that have been taking snaps in our offense for the past two to three years.
"It's a credit to him that he's in the race."
Trickett admitted Tuesday that he still has work to do in grasping West Virginia's offense.
"I'm not there yet," he said. "I don't think you're ever there. You always have to get better, and there are always little intricacies you have to figure out.
"It's a completely different style of offense than I'm used to. I went from a pro-style offense to an air-raid, fast-tempo offense. Everything is really different, and there are new guys to adjust to."
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