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By Bob Hertzel
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 11:24 p.m.

MORGANTOWN — In keeping with the theme of trying to get the offense untracked, West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen announced on his radio show that redshirt freshman Ford Childress will make his first collegiate start at quarterback in Saturday's noon game against Georgia State.

“We feel like he's ready,” Holgorsen said on the show. “His fire is lit. He's sat there on the sidelines. When given the opportunity, he's grabbed it and said, ‘Let's go.' ”

Junior Paul Millard started the season's first two games, and WVU went 1-1 and scored only four touchdowns.

Holgorsen admitted that wasn't good enough during his weekly meeting with the media as he opened the competition at quarterback between Millard, Florida State transfer Clint Trickett and Childress.

“I feel like crap, honestly,” Holgorsen said. “It goes back to the offense where we have the potential to be better than we were last year. Does that mean we are better than last year, or are going to be better than last year? No. It just means we have the potential to be.”

“We've scored four touchdowns on the year,” offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson added. “That's not acceptable.”

Childress has not appeared in a collegiate game and, until this week, hadn't taken a meaningful snap in practice as the reps were shared between Millard and Trickett.

Holgorsen also has shaken up the receiving corps and has junior college transfers Kevin White, Ronald Carswell and Mario Alford taking first-team snaps.

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