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January 16, 2014

Ford Childress takes talents to Texas JC

Those holding out hope that Ford Childress could return to the West Virginia University football team can officially throw in the towel. The redshirt freshman — who started two games for the Mountaineers this season before suffering a pectoral injury that caused him to miss the rest of WVU’s 4-8 campaign — has enrolled at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

“He is here an enrolled in classes, and we are excited to have him,” Trinity Valley coach Brad Smiley told West Virginia MetroNews Thursday.

Childress got the nod as WVU’s starting quarterback in the third game of the season, replacing Paul Millard, who started the first two. He led the Mountaineers to a 41-7 win over Georgia State but then performed poorly in a 37-0 blowout loss to Maryland. The 6-foot-5 Houston, Texas, native was injured in that game and did not return. Millard and Florida State transfer Clint Trickett got the remainder of the time at quarterback the rest of the season.

Childress — who was reportedly suspended by WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen before deciding to transfer — finished the season 36-of-63 passing for 421 yards. He threw three touchdowns and three interceptions and was sacked four times.

WVU will enter spring practice with plenty of questions at the quarterback position. Trickett, who will be a senior next fall, had shoulder surgery earlier this week and is likely out for spring practice. That leaves Millard and junior college signee Skyler Howard to handle all the reps.

William Crest, a highly-regarded high school quarterback out of the Baltimore area, is expected to sign with WVU next month, but he won’t be on campus until this summer and will have little time to pick up the offense and make an impact.

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WVU senior defensive end Will Clarke will be a member of the East squad, coached by former Atlanta Falcon coach Jerry Glanville in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The NFL Network will provide coverage of the annual all-star game, scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

The longest running college all-star game in the country is a showcase for players trying to gain recognition from NFL squads.

Clarke played in all 12 games this past season, recording 49 tackles, including a team-best 17 tackles for loss and six sacks. He had five quarterback hurries and three pass breakups.

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Another player hoping to gain interest from NFL teams after completing his career at WVU is ready to shed his trademark blonde locks.

Pat Eger, who played multiple positions on the Mountaineer offensive line during his career will be shaving his hair on Sunday to donate to Locks of Love, an organization that accepts donated hair to make hairpieces for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

— E-mail: chuffman

@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @CamHuffmanRH.

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