West Virginia fans around the country tuning in for Saturday’s Gold-Blue Spring Game were hoping to get an indication of who will be the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers next season.
Not so much. Redshirt freshman Ford Childress and junior Paul Millard didn’t really leave any fans in awe of their performances. Thankfully, with the whole summer camp still left for head coach Dana Holgorsen to make this decision, there will be enough time for improvement.
Saturday’s game did show everyone that WVU may have one of the best rushing attacks since Holgorsen’s been in Morgantown.
Junior Dustin Garrison showed those in attendance in Milan Puskar Stadium that he can make the cuts he had his freshman year before a devastating injury prior to the Orange Bowl in early 2012. His 291-yard performance against Bowling Green two years ago still lives to be his career-best performance as a Mountaineer, but with some of his moves on Saturday, this year can prove to be Garrison’s best.
Besides Garrison, other running backs such as Andrew Buie and Dreamius Smith will provide a balanced attack. Smith is a junior college transfer and has the size to really give opponents fits. Buie looks as if he will be the starter after being the main rusher last season.
Other standouts included junior college transfer Kevin White; White dazzled his way into the endzone after Millard found him for the short touchdown pass. White comes in at 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds.
Another notable performance came from sophomore receiver Jordan Thompson. Nicknamed “squirt,” Thompson caught three touchdown passes on the afternoon — two from Millard and one from Childress. While Thompson could have a big season in the Big 12 Conference this year, Holgorsen made reference to the sophomore having a great Spring Game last year before having a mediocre campaign in the regular season.
Take a look at WVU’s new uniforms for next season:
Here are the highlights of the game: