September 10, 2011; Morgantown,WV, USA: West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Paul Millard (14) passes the ball against the Norfolk State Spartans during the fourth quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. WVU won 55-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

WVU Football: Quarterback Competition to Take Center Stage This Saturday

Since  the West Virginia University Mountaineers football team concluded the 2012 season, the leading question on the forefront of WVU fans’ minds is: “Who will replace Geno Smith as the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers?”

To date, there has been little indication that head coach Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers coaching staff are any closer to answering that question.

The two leading candidates for the job, junior Paul Millard and freshman Ford Childress, have not been able to separate from one another throughout the spring drills. With the spring drills set to expire this Friday, the Gold-Blue game will become a big audition for the pair of passers.

Given the edge Millard has in experience from limited playing time this past season, Childress will need to show poise in the pocket and a really accurate arm in the scrimmage to win favor with the coaching staff. If Childress can showcase a clean, mistake free execution of the offense, he might be able to supplant Millard.

Likewise, Saturday is Millard’s opportunity to put a stranglehold on the quarterback competition. He has the seniority, experience completing passes against Big XII defenses, and an extra season’s worth of training under his belt. If the junior gun slinger is able to pick apart the Mountaineers secondary with ease, he will have a good shot at earning the #1 gig heading into summer training camp.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will hold their annual Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday at 2 PM. While there are many positions up for grabs at the scrimmage, none is more important or will be as closely scrutinized as the quarterback spot.

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