- David Ubben, College Football
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As spring came to a close and several Big 12 quarterback jobs remained up for grabs, we're reaching out to see who the fans are backing heading into fall camp.
I'm mostly just curious, to tell you the truth.
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has developed a well-earned reputation for great quarterback play while pushing Case Keenum, Brandon Weeden and Geno Smith to big numbers under his tutelage as an offensive coordinator, playcaller and head coach.
With Smith making headlines now as the newest big-name New York Jet, who should take his place as the new Mountaineer quarterback? We're leaving this vote up to the fans.
Do you want to see the man with seniority (in the program, at least) earn the nod? Paul Millard has been around since spring of 2011 and has been the team's backup in each of the past two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound junior from the north Dallas suburb of Flower Mound, Texas has earned some mop-up duty behind Smith, but he received half the snaps with the first team this spring and did nothing to distance himself from Ford Childress.
Childress came to West Virginia from Houston and redshirted last year, but the 6-foot-5, 234-pounder has the biggest arm on the team and is built like an NFL starter. Do you believe he can prove himself in the realm of decision-making and earn the job this fall? He was the nation's No. 8 quarterback and No. 139 in the ESPN 150 for the Class of 2012, but is he ready? Cast your vote if you think so.
What about the new wild card? Florida State transfer Clint Trickett will enroll in classes later this month and be on campus all summer, but he earned a pair of starts and some time behind E.J. Manuel at Florida State before leaving this spring. The emergence of blue-chip recruit Jameis Winston made Trickett's future in Tallahassee tenuous, and he's seeking playing time in Morgantown. Do you think he should get it? He'll have to beat out another promising freshman in Childress this fall. He essentially grew up in West Virginia while his dad coached. He wasn't given any guarantees the job is his, but he certainly made this quarterback competition a whole lot more interesting. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, but because he already received his degree, he's eligible immediately.
Let us know who you're picking to win.