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July 3, 2014

FURFARI COLUMN: It had to feel like ‘Ol’ Home Week’ for the Tricketts

MORGANTOWN — It might have felt like a bit of “Ol’ Home Week’ to West Virginia University starting quarterback Clint Trickett.

His parents, Rick and Tara Trickett, were in the Morgantown area and stopped by to spend some time with Clint. They still live in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Tricketts went on to Preston County to spend a few days visiting Clint’s grandmother, Rose Mary Trickett, and other relatives in the Masontown area.

Rick, a native of Masontown, is a veteran offensive line coach at defending national champion Florida State. He held the same position at WVU.

“It was really good to see my parents,” Clint Trickett said. “I hadn’t seen them in a while. I don’t see them very often during the season.”

Clint played one year as a freshman at Morgantown High School before transferring to Tallahassee. He played two years of football at Florida State in 2011-12 after redshirting a year.

As a Mountaineer newcomer a year ago, he proved to be the best and most active of the quarterbacks. Trickett saw action in eight games, seven of them as the starter.

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Trickett, who was hampered by health problems during his WVU debut, hopes his off-season shoulder surgery will help him be more effective this year.

The early public announcement that he’d be the starter and offensive leader admittedly boosts his confidence. One would think that it also will easy any pressure he might feel.

“I know more about what the coaches want now and believe I’m capable of providing that,” Trickett said. “I played four quarters in one game last year and three quarters in another game.

“The fun of it is that you hope the (playing that long) can be possible if you can stay healthy.”

But he’ll tell you that you can’t go out onto the field and worry about that. “It’s part of the game,” he added.

Trickett isn’t worried about making decisions or in leading his team under coaches’ directions and communications.

It should be interesting to see how things work out for Trickett and the Mountaineers this campaign.

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