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17 Nights of Football - West Virginia

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West Virginia

It's out with the old and in with the unknown in Morgantown as West Virginia tries to replace 2nd round draft pick Geno Smith.

"Who are guy is going to be, I don't know, we've got Clint Trickett coming in after transferring from Florida State, and he probably has about as much experience playing quarterback as anybody else within the Big 12," said West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgerson.

If it's not Trickett, it could be Paul Millard or Ford Childress operating the offense this fall.

"Paul Millard has taken more reps than anyone on our campus, and then you've got a youngster in Ford Childress who probably has the most potential out of all three of them," said Holgerson.

Whoever starts at quarterback will have the luxury of a deep running back group, which got even stronger in the off-season with the addition of Houston transfer Charles Sims.

"After losing probably 90% of our offensive production from last year, Charles knew he would be able to come and fit in and he knew he would have an excellent opportunity to play in the Big 12 Conference," said Holgerson.

On defense, Holgerson brought in Keith Patterson as his new defensive coordinator and players seem to be making a smooth adjustment to the new hire.

"We had a great spring and he has brought in some great game-plans for us and we are just excited about getting on the field and starting the season off right," said safety Karl Joseph.

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