WVU QB out
West Virginia’s Ford Childress, one of three quarterbacks the Mountaineers have started this season, will miss Saturday’s game against Texas Tech. Several West Virginia media reports said Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen made the announcement on his radio show, indicating that the redshirt freshman from Houston Kinkaid will be sidelined “for a while.”
Childress, a son of former Texas A&M and NFL standout Ray Childress, has been trying to recover from a torn pectoral muscle. He reportedly suffered the injury in a Sept. 21 loss to Maryland and hasn’t played in the last two games.
That means the Red Raiders wi ll face Clint Trickett, a junior transfer from Florida State, or Paul Millard, a junior from Flower Mound. The Mountaineers’ three QBs have started two games apiece.
Millard has thrown for 581 yards and three touchdowns, Trickett for 470 yards and two TDs.
Childress has thrown for 421 yards and three TDs.
Amaro: Staying over
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro posted Wednesday on Twitter that he plans to stay in school for his senior year rather than declare for the 2014 NFL draft.
Amaro posted a picture of a note from teammate Bradley Marquez that said, “Going to miss you bro. 7 more games.”
Amaro replied, “(H)e thinks I’m leaving next year but I’m staying with my boys!”
The Red Raiders’ 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end/inside receiver has 47 receptions for 606 yards and a touchdown this season. This week, he was named to midseason all-America teams chosen by CBSSports.com and YahooSports.com.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. currently has Amaro ranked as the No. 122 prospect for the 2014 draft and the No. 4 tight end, behind North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz.
NFLDraftScout.com has Amaro ranked third behind Ebron and Seferian-Jenkins.
Two weeks ago, a storyline for Texas Tech’s game at Kansas was how well the Red Raiders would handle their first 11 a.m. kickoff of the season, coming off four night games in a row.
With the Red Raiders playing their third consecutive 11 a.m. game Saturday at West Virginia, now it’s fair to ask if the the familiar routine will help.
Tech beat Kansas 54-16 and beat Iowa State 42-35 in the pre-noon kickoffs.
“It was a little bit different probably the first week,” cornerback Bruce Jones said. “You feel a little adjustment when you wake up and you’ve got to get ready that fast, but it hasn’t really hurt us too bad, I don’t think. We came out, handled business the last two weeks on these 11 o’clock games, so I see us doing that again this week. We’ll be all right.”
Tech’s team will be spending Friday night about 45 miles outside of Morgantown, W. Va., typical for how the Red Raiders handle road games. In that regard, it will resemble the trip to Lawrence, Kan.
“We’re kind of accustomed to it now,” running back-receiver Sadale Foster said. “Our first one, it was kind of new to us, so we weren’t used to waking up that early. We stayed an hour away from where we played, so we had to wake up a little bit earlier. But we’re growing accustomed to it, and we’ll be ready to play it again.”
Compiled by Don Williams