West Virginia will start its third quarterback of 2013 on Saturday, as Ford Childress is out due to injury, and Florida State transfer Clint Trickett will take the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Childress is out indefinitely with a torn pectoral muscle.
Trickett has played in only one game this season and is 0-2 in passing attempts.
Paul Millard will serve as the backup, and he started the first two games of the year, throwing 455 yards and one touchdown on 40 completions.
This is not the same West Virginia offense that was lighting up scoreboards in the first half of last season. The Mountaineers have too many new pieces on offense this year, especially with receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey and quarterback Geno Smith now playing in the NFL.
With the newcomers in the receiving corps and a solid corps of running backs, West Virginia should lean on its rushing attack more against Oklahoma State. Charles Sims, Dreamius Smith and Wendell Smallwood are each averaging over five yards per carry this year.
If Trickett struggles, coach Dana Holgorsen does have an experienced option in Millard waiting in the wings.
However, whether it’s Trickett, Millard or Childress, West Virginia needs more from its quarterback position in the next few weeks.