A Spring of Madness or Magic for WVU?
By: Jeff Vickers (@BGSGameday_Jeff)
With the early enrollment of David Sills and Chris Chugunov, the Spring of 2015 just got a lot more interesting for the Mountaineer faithful. When Spring drills start up, WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen will now have 4 quarterbacks competing for the starting nod come fall. With the early season injury to freshman William Crest and the inability of Skyler Howard to seize the opportunity in the bowl game, the quarterback race could be wide open.
Here is how the contenders stack up.
6′ 2″ 214 Pounds
From: Baltimore, Md.
Completed 3 of 4 passes for 7 yards, rushed 5 times for 27 yards and a touchdown in mop up duty against Towson. In his brief time on the playing field, Crest looked composed, and appeared to have a grasp of the offensive play calling. Crest’s athletic ability allowed for the implementing of the zone read. Crest was limited in playing time by the high performance of Clint Trickett, then a shoulder injury that caused the coaching staff to use a medical red shirt on the quarterback.
6′ 0″ 206 pounds
From: Fort Worth, Tx.
Saw playing time, briefly, against Kansas, pressed into action after Clint Trickett left the Kansas State game with a career-ending concussion. Howard started the season finale against Iowa State and the Bowl game against Texas A&M. Howard completed 56/110 passes for 829 yards, 8 touchdown passes, and no interceptions. Howard also had 22 rushes for 140 yards. During his time on the field during the regular season, Howard looked poised, against Kansas State he almost brought the Mountaineers back to a victory.
6′ 3″ 177 pounds
From: Elkton, Md.
An early blossoming prospect, Sills committed at unheard of age of 13 to, USC. The then USC Head Coach, Lane Kiffin, offered the youngster a non-binding scholarship. After Kiffin was relieved of his duties, Sills felt he no longer “gelled” with new staff at USC, and re-opened his recruitment. Sills chose the Mountaineers during the summer of 2014, over the likes of Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, and Mississippi State. Sills was a high school team mate of current Mountaineer receiver Daikiel Shorts. A Mobile quarterback, Sills has some calling his play-extending abilities to the like of Johnny Manzel. Sills ran an offense similar to that of Holgorsen’s system in high school, and excelled.
6′ 1″ 179 pounds
From: Skillman, N.J.
Chuganov comes to Morgantown as an “Under the Radar” Prospect. West Virginia and Western Michigan we among the very few Division I schools that found interest in Chuganov. Chuganov was probably recruited harder by some of the powerhouse High Schools trying to get him to transfer, than Major College Programs. Chris stayed true to his school, and that is perhaps why he might have been overlooked by college coaches elsewhere. Former Mountaineer Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson said that he was impressed by the Montgomery High QB on film, and then said that “He made it look easy”, after seeing him throw in person.
Will a full house of quarterbacks provide an opportunity for the one-time quarterback maestro Dana Holgorsen to work his magic? Or will there be too many hands in the pot, and result in disaster for the program?
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