One is a fifth-year senior, the other a redshirt freshman. So different. So much the same. True, senior Pat Eger has experience, a starter of 20 games, while Ford Childress, a redshirt freshman, has started in just one game.
But Eger has made only one start at center — last week — the same number of starts as his quarterback. Eger understands his situation. “It was a good start, obviously,” said Eger, a Thomas Jefferson grad.
It might have been better at guard or tackle. He was being asked to take one for the team, to step out of his comfort zone and do something new, something where he was vulnerable.
“I'm a team player. Wherever I need to go, I'll go. If I need to play right tackle. If I need to play center to help us win the game, I'm fine with that,” Eger said. “If they want to line me up at fullback, I'll go hit someone.”