The quarterback competition at West Virginia took a backseat to the other many preseason duels unfolding around the Big 12 Conference — primarily because indicators suggested there really wasn’t much of a competition. Florida State Seminoles transfer Clint Trickett spent fall camp looking like the successor to Geno Smith, but Dana Holgorsen maintained a stiff poker face, starting Paul Millard.
Millard, a junior, played sparingly in 2011 and 2012. He was the most likely starting candidate in the spring, before Trickett transferred.
In his first drive of the Mountaineers’ Week 1 contest against William & Mary, Millard went 4-for-4 for 40 yards. Charles Sims, a transfer running back from Houston, capped the possession with a touchdown rush. Sims won his own position battle over West Virginia’s leading rusher a season ago, Andrew Buie. Buie left the program earlier in the week.