Trickett shakes up WVU

He may not have meant to do it, but when Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett announced his intentions to join the Mountaineers, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen sent a clear message to the four signal-callers he had in camp for spring drills.

It goes something like this, “None of you were impressive enough so I’m bringing in some additional competition to further muddy the waters as we head into our second season in the Big 12.”

Obviously, those are not his exact words, but any one following the old gold and blue during the spring and who attended the annual Gold/Blue Scrimmage at its conclusion can’t help but see that the third year coach wasn’t all that impressed with what he witnessed-at quarterback or several other positions.

“Not only are we not ready to name a starter at quarterback, we’re not ready to do that at about 20 other positions,” said Holgersen.

Then, again, it wasn’t an offensive tackle or a defensive lineman that he added to the program.

It was a quarterback.

And, based on the numbers he put together at FSU, Trickett could make the summer a very interesting one for fans wondering who will be attempting to fill the shoes of the New York Jets’ second round pick, Geno Smith.

As a redshirt sophomore, Trickett – the son of former-WVU assistant coach and current Florida State assistant head coach and offensive line coach Rick Trickett -played in eight games with the Seminoles in 2012, completing 22-of-34 attempts (64.7 percent) for 272 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

A year earlier, he played in nine games, completing 44-of-72 passes (61.1) for 675 yards and four touchdowns and seven interceptions. His biggest moment came during his first career start against Clemson when he torched the Tigers’ secondary for 336 yards and three touchdowns and only one interception.

Numbers that earned him ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

A poor performance one week later during his second career start witnessed him being replaced by E.J. Manuel late in the first half and the eventual first round pick of the Buffalo Bills never relinquished the post.

Experience-wise, Trickett could be in the driver’s seat if he gets a solid grip on Holgorsen’s Air Raid attack. But, it would be hard to believe that junior Paul Millard or redshirt freshman Ford Childress, or walk-on Logan Moore, or incoming freshman Chavas Rawlins would move over and allow Trickett to take the job each covets.

One very, very clear thing that came out of the spring is both Holgorsen’s and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson’s opinion when it comes to playing multiple quarterbacks in a game.

It isn’t going to happen.

“No,” said Dawson following the spring game. “There will be no rotation at quarterback. We will have a starter. If that starter fails to perform then we will have a backup. If that backup fails to perform then we will go to our No. 3 guy.

“But, we will have a starter.”