The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

January 13, 2014

Source says Childress will transfer

Quarterback Ford Childress is transferring from West Virginia, a source told the Times West Virginian.

A redshirt sophomore, Childress informed a friend on Saturday that he plans to leave for a junior college with hopes to moving back to a major college, perhaps Texas A&M in a year or two.

He decided to go the junior college route so that he doesn’t have to sit out this season after missing most of last year with a shoulder injury.

Childress started two games for the Mountaineers last season, the victory over Georgia State and the 31-0 loss to Maryland.

In the two games he completed 36 of 63 passes for 421 yards with three touchdowns, all against Georgia State, and three interceptions.

Childress currently is enrolled in WVU and may finish out this semester in school. He remains listed on the team’s roster.

WVU went through three quarterbacks last year and all were returning in 2014.

Paul Millard started the first two games, Childress the next two, then Clint Trickett, who had transferred in from Florida State, took over the starting job until injured.

It recently was revealed that Trickett played a good portion of the season with a torn labrum and is considering surgery.

WVU also has a junior college transfer, Skyler Howard from Houston by way of Riverside Community College in California, on the roster. He completed 219 of 325 passes (67.4 percent) for 3,151 yards and 33 touchdowns this past year.

Howard is expected to compete for the starting job, as is freshman recruit William Crest out of Baltimore’s Dunbar High.

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