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Ford Tough

And to think this was his first college game. Just imagine what a little experience will do for him.
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All things considered, it was a pretty good college debut for Ford Childress on Saturday.

The redshirt freshman completed 25-of-41 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns in West Virginia’s 41-7 victory over Georgia State at Milan Puskar Stadium, establishing a school record for most passing yards ever by a freshman.

In fact, Childress’ 359 yards passing performance was the 19th-best in school history, a yard shy of current AD Oliver Luck’s 360-yard passing effort against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in 1981.

It is clear Childress has the arm strength to make up for the indecision that comes with being such a young player. It’s also clear that he can make all of the throws to cover the entire field.

But what’s not so clear to us – but is becoming quite clear to those around him – is how well he handles himself on the field during stressful situations.

“I look for some different things than what you guys (media) look for,” said coach Dana Holgorsen after Saturday’s game. “I mean, the completion percentage, yards and all that stuff I really don’t pay that much attention to. I thought his body language was good. I thought he handled the huddle pretty good. Coming to the sidelines he was communicative, whether it’s O-line, running backs or receivers, me, (offensive coordinator) Shannon (Dawson), I thought he did a good job of just being in the game.”

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