By Bob Hertzel
Times West Virginian
West Virginia University might wind up with a veteran at quarterback after all and one with a familiar name.
Clint Trickett, whose father, Rick, is a former WVU offensive line coach, has asked for and been granted a release from Florida State where, where he played for another West Virginian, Jimbo Fisher, so he can transfer, and the word is that he is thinking of the Mountaineers or South Florida.
Both WVU and USF lost longtime quarterbacks this year, Geno Smith and B.J. Daniels finishing their eligibility.
“After a long meeting with Clint, he expressed he’d like to explore another playing opportunity, and I’ve signed off on his wish,” Fisher said in a news release.
Trickett was involved in a tight battle for the quarterback job at FSU in spring ball with three other quarterbacks. He was the veteran of the group, having played in 16 games, and was the only one to have started, starting twice for EJ Manuel when he was injured.
As a redshirt sophomore last year he was 22 of 34.
“Clint has not only been a great player for our program, but a great young man and ambassador for Florida State who will graduate in a few weeks,” Fisher continued. “He’s been a part of this program for a long time and we wish nothing but the best for him in his future endeavors.”
Because he will graduate in May, Trickett would be eligible to play immediately without sitting out a season for transferring.
Less than a half hour after it was announced that he was graduating, Trickett offered this on Twitter:
“Wanna thank everyone for their kind words of encouragement,” Trickett tweeted. “Will always be an FSU alumnus!”
The WVU quarterback situation is quite flexible. This spring, junior Paul Millard, the only QB with experience, has been battling with Ford Childress, a redshirt freshman. Neither has taken the upper hand as they have alternated reps, and coach Dana Holgorsen indicated that he may not name a starting quarterback until the last two weeks before the opener in August.
That neither quarterback has taken charge would make it seem that Holgorsen would be even more interested in bringing in an experienced quarterback from a quality program who has two years left ahead of him.
It’s expected Trickett will visit WVU, perhaps this weekend for the Gold-Blue game.
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This weekend’s Gold-Blue game will be televised and while the Tier 3 rights continue to be in dispute and while athletic director Oliver Luck has been removed from the committee making the selection after he was singled out for shoddy work, it will be Bray Cary’s West Virginia Media stations that will carry the broadcasts. Also left off the committee will be the athletic departments Mike Parsons and Michael Szul, who did not vote in the last polling of the committee.
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