Sep 24, 2011; Clemson, SC, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Clint Trickett (9) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

WVU Football: Florida State QB Trickett to Morgantown?

Ah, spring. That magical time of year when college football teams get their first looks at the coming season’s roster. A time for position battles, and sometimes, a good opportunity to snap up late transfers.

That is exactly what Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia Mountaineers are looking to do this coming weekend when they will allegedly be hosting (per Mitch Vingle) Florida State Seminoles quarterback transfer Clint Trickett (son of former WVU coach Rick Trickett).

Trickett, who was mired in a quarterback competition in Tallahassee to replace the departed E.J. Manuel, has apparently lost favor to freshman passer Jameis Winston. With his prospects of winning the quarterback position for FSU, Trickett exercised his right to seek a transfer.

Since Trickett recently completed his undergraduate degree, he can transfer to another university to pursue his graduate degree without sitting out the typical one year for other transfers.

According to Vingle’s report, Trickett will make a decision between South Florida and West Virginia.

Should Trickett elect to enroll at West Virginia, it will almost certainly be a signal that the Mountaineers coaching staff has given him a strong indication that he would be a highly competitive option for the starting quarterback position.

Let’s face it, if Trickett does enroll at WVU, that is an implied sign that Holgorsen has no faith in either Paul Millard or Ford Childress. Trickett is seeking an opportunity for immediate playing time and will likely go to the school that will all but guarantee him the starting job.

Personally, I’m hoping that the Mountaineers pass on Trickett. He could be an interesting prospect for this coming season, but ultimately undermines the quarterback progression the Mountaineers are working towards. Bringing him in would almost certainly push one of the current WVU quarterbacks to seek a transfer of their own.

At the very least, it lights an additional fire under the rears of Millard and Childress.

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  • a grand father

    Ken, I disagree with you!

    I think for the 2013 Season Clint Trickett may be just the Ticket WVU needs to have any simulance of a passing game or passing threat.

    Also, I don’t see Mallard or Ford being WVU’s Starting QB in 2014.

    With the 4-Star Commit, William Chase coming to WVU for the 2014 Season this puts pressure on Chavas Rawlins to get his game together prior to Chase starting, for Chase is a much better passer.

    If Rawlins improves and Trickett comes to WVU, then this opens up the back-up position behind Trickett.

    I like the statement this makes to WVU QBs, if Trickett comes to WVU. Plus, it stablizes the Starting QB Position for the next 2 Seasons.

    I think if the WVU Coaches don’t go after Trickett they miss the boat, and WVU will have less than an adaquate passing game in 2013, and the passing game may suffer in 2014 as well.

    WVU needs Trickett and so does Rawlins and Chase.

    • Ken Durbin

      Don’t get me wrong, I think Chavas Rawlins could be a stud for the
      Mountaineers going forward, but I also think that Ford Childress could
      be a great quarterback if given the opportunity. He was ranked about the
      same as Geno Smith coming out of high school which should speak volumes
      to his potential… whether he shows it this fall is still to be seen.

      Thanks for the feedback!