Trickett to start for WVU

MORGANTOWN -When West Virginia University’s football team opens the 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Alabama in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, look for senior Clint Trickett to start at quarterback for the Mountaineers.

That was the word from WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen on Tuesday, whose announcement apparently ended an anticipated battle in fall drills.

“Clint is 100 percent healthy and ready to play,” Holgorsen said in a statement released by WVU. “He worked hard last season and showed a lot of ability and leadership and deserves the chance to lead the team as a senior. He will be our starter.”

Trickett missed spring drills recovering from surgery from a torn labrum he suffered while making his first start of the 2013 season. In his absence, Paul Millard, Skyler Howard and Logan Moore shared snaps during spring drills.

As if having four quarterbacks isn’t enough, WVU also will welcome highly-regarded freshman William Crest when it begins drills in August.

Trickett transferred to WVU from Florida State as a redshirt junior in 2013. He started seven games and played in eight, completing 123-of-233 passes for 1,605 yards and seven touchdowns.

In addition to the labrum tear he also incurred a pair of concussions.

Trickett is the son of former Glenville State College head coach and current Florida State assistant coach Rick Trickett.

* New Associate AD: The Trickett announcement wasn’t the only one to come out of WVU on Tuesday as Director of Athletics Oliver Luck announced the hiring of Joe Heskett as Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance.

A 2001 graduate of Iowa State University, where he won the NCAA wrestling championship at 165 pounds in 2002, and was a four-time all-American, Heskett has spent the past four seasons as the head wrestling coach at Army.

At WVU, he will oversee athletic training and strength and conditioning and will serve as the sport administrator for rowing.

Heskett’s wrestling resume started at Cal Poly, where he served as head assistant wrestling coach and earned his master’s degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in athletic administration.

He then moved to Ohio State, where he helped the Buckeyes to four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Tournament, including a pair of runner-up performances.

“Joe will be an outstanding addition to our athletic staff, and I think this is the perfect opportunity for him as he transitions from coaching to administration,” Luck said.

Heskett is thrilled with the opportunity.

“My goal is to be a Division I athletic director and to learn and work with Oliver Luck is an opportunity I could not pass up,” Heskett said.