After his arrival in 2012, many pegged Ford Childress to be the quarterback of the future for the Mountaineers. A highly touted recruit, Childress was listed as a 4-star quarterback by 247Sports. He chose West Virginia over Arizona State, Arizona, and Florida State. The Texas native was expected to be the perfect heir apparent to Geno Smith, and the perfect quarterback to man Dana Holgorsen’s system. However, what would transpire over the next year would set Childress on an entirely different path than expected.
In 2013, after his redshirt season, Childress would lose the starting quarterback battle in fall camp to Paul Millard. Despite this, it would be sooner rather than later before he finally got his chance. He would receive the week 3 start against the Georgia State Panthers, and would not disappoint. He would go on to set the WVU single game passing yardage record for a freshman throwing for 359 yards, also tossing 3 touchdowns to 1 interception en route to a 41-7 win. What seemed like the perfect beginning to an electric career would quickly be derailed just a week later.
The path of the Houston, Texas native would soon become rocky. He would take his talents back to Texas to play for Trinity Valley Community College. This would award him the opportunity to get his playing time back on track, all while attempting to impress those in the FBS ranks. However, he would not take a single snap for the team, acting as an assistant working with the quarterbacks for the entire 2014 season.
Ford Childress will sadly go down as one of the biggest wasted talents in recent memory. What was supposed to be a record setting career turned into only 4 career games and 5 total touchdown passes. Had the ball bounced his way in Morgantown, we could have potentially been talking about one of the best quarterbacks to come to West Virginia University. Instead, Mountaineer Nation and Childress are left with “what could have been.”