A big arm apparently has West Virginia fans enthralled.
We're walking through the Big 12's still-open quarterback races and asking the fans to vote for who each Big 12 team should start. Earlier this week, I asked you which West Virginia quarterback should be the Mountaineers' passer in the fall.
It was close, and Florida State transfer Clint Trickett jumped out to an early lead in the poll, but redshirt freshman Ford Childress is the official poll winner.
The Houston, Texas, native collected 49 percent of the vote, ahead of Trickett, who got just 38 percent of the vote. Junior Paul Millard received 13 percent of the vote.
Dana Holgorsen has been clear that the job is "wide open," and all three guys could definitely win the job. Trickett wouldn't have come to Morgantown if the coaches were sold on either Childress or Millard, but Millard collecting so little of the vote definitely surprised me. Childress has long held a status as a fan favorite, even through last season when Millard was Geno Smith's backup.
My vote? I absolutely believe Holgorsen when he says the job is wide open, and I don't believe they brought in Trickett to be their starter. They brought him in because he definitely could start. It's going to be close, but I'll cast my vote here for Trickett.
Here's how I see it: By now, Millard should have been able to distance himself from Childress, a young player who's more physically gifted but has only been in the program a little less than a year and a half. At Oklahoma State last year, we saw something similar. Clint Chelf didn't distance himself, and only regained the job after injuries moved him from No. 3 to No. 1. Success once he re-captured the job has him as the likely starter this coming season.
Childress has all the physical tools, but a big arm isn't really a necessity in this system. Brandon Weeden and Geno Smith proved that it can add another dimension to the system, but WVU has good balance at receiver and will be able to move the ball with a guy who isn't lacking in arm strength but won't wow anybody. That's Trickett.
The system is easy to pick up, and I buy Trickett's ability to do it over the summer and showcase his skills in the fall. He'll be able to make all the throws, and at the same time still gives Childress two seasons to play after Trickett's eligibility is done, so it's hard to see Childress electing to transfer if he has to wait to become the new WVU starter.
WVU has the Big 12's most unpredictable quarterback race in the league, but for now, cast my pick for Trickett.