First Steps

Freshman quarterback Paul Millard had an inauspicious start to his college career, but he quickly made the most of his opportunity.

Paul Millard, like many backups, was anxious to get into the game when West Virginia took a commanding lead against Norfolk State. So much so, that he nagged WVU quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital on the press box phone for the chance. But when the opportunity finally came, disaster almost struck.

On his first play from scrimmage, Millard had to deal with an off-target snap. Although he was able to snare it, the exchange put him in an awkwartd position to make the handoff for the called running play, so he tucked the ball under his arm and kept it for a one-yard gain. Certainly not the debut he was looking for, but a positive, nonetheless. The smart decision kept him and the offense on the fie;d, and proved to the the only setback in a ten play, 57-yard drive that resulted in a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brad Starks.

In this postgame interview, Millard discusses the scoring strike, his thoughts on his first appearance, and some of his reads and decisions in the first drive of his career.

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