Jovon Durante was slated to be a productive member of the WVU football offense this season. He won’t get that chance as he now is a member of the FAU Owls.
Durante isn’t the only familiar face to Mountaineer fans at FAU. Former quarterback Clint Trickett is now the tight ends coach at the school under infamous head coach Lane Kiffin.
Durante and Trickett won’t fully be teamed up due to the different positions, but they will eventually be working on the same offensive schemes together, once Durante is allowed to play in 2018.
Jovon Durante and Clint Trickett never played together with the Mountaineers. Durante came aboard and played as a true freshman in 2015, while Trickett wrapped up his career in 2014.
Though is is safe to say that Durante saw Trickett sling some passes when he came up from Florida on a recruiting trip to Morgantown. While at WVU, Trickett was often praised and often criticized.
The son of former West Virginia offensive line coach Rick Trickett, Clint started his college football career at Florida State. He played two years for the Seminoles before coming home to Morgantown, where he was raised, in 2013.
For the WVU football team, Clint Trickett had his best season in 2014. He completed 67-percent of his passes going 281 of 419 for 1605 yards and seven touchdowns.
Trickett’s playing days were cut short in that senior season as he dealt with a multitude of concussion issues. His life of football was not over, though. In fact, he may have become more popular since he has been off the field.
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Now at age 26, Trickett has been featured on the Netflix show “Last Chance U.” He came across as wise beyond his years and he is now tabbed as one of the hottest young coaches in college football.
This winter, Trickett again drew headlines as he attempted to move on in his budding career. After several seasons with East Mississippi Community College, one of the best JuCo programs in the country, it was reported that Trickett may join a fellow West Virginia native, Nick Saban. Trickett could have been a graduate assistant at Alabama.
Instead, he took the assistant coaching job at FAU with Lane Kiffin, who just so happened to be a much maligned former assistant under Saban.
FAU is slowly becoming one of the fastest growing football programs in the country. Already etched in the fabric of Florida, the Owls can attract top talent from a legendary football hotbed.
With veteran coach Lane Kiffin now in charge, bigger things are to come for the Owls. Once Jovon Durante is situated to play next season, he can be a big part in the renewed rise of FAU.
The best days are to come for the Owls and two former Mountaineers will be right in the thick of it.