Is Clint Trickett the Answer to the Florida State QB Situation?
If you were to ask the majority of Florida State Seminoles fans this question, the answer would be an overwhelmingly negative one. With the hype of Freshmen Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker having the Tallahassee faithful buzzing, the possibility of Trickett beginning the year leading the Seminoles’ offense effectively seems pretty much non-existent at this point. Notice I used the word ‘effectively’. Because as much as people may hate the idea of the Redshirt Junior at the helm, he has previously proven that he can run this offense, and in pressure situations.
Engaged in a battle in early September with the then number one ranked Oklahoma Sooners in 2011, starting QB E.J. Manuel went down with an injury, prompting a then Redshirt Freshman Trickett to take the field. You can hear the groans of the fans in Florida all the way up here in Pennsylvania, including yours truly.
Those groans, however, soon turned into hope. Trickett came in and not only managed the offense, he managed it well against the top-ranked team in the nation. Finishing 7-15 for 134 yards and a touchdown in the 23-13 loss, Trickett opened the eyes of a lot of fans who only knew him as the son of the ‘Noles Offensive Line Coach Rick Trickett to that point.
With Manuel still recovering from injury, Trickett earned the nod the following week against the Clemson Tigers on the road in Death Valley. In what would be another losing effort, the QB gave the Seminoles more than they could have asked for, passing for 336 yards and three touchdowns. It was a sure sign that something might be there in regards to Trickett being ‘the man’ eventually down the road. With Manuel returning the following week, Trickett would head back to the bench.
Clint Trickett may not have the hype that Coker nor Winston do, but he has one thing that they don’t have, and that’s a proven track record in pressure situations.
Whatever the case may be, the decision as to who is under center for the ‘Noles come September is in the hands of Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. This may be where Trickett’s best chance lies to become the next starting QB in Tallahassee.
Jimbo Fisher is a highly conservative head coach. He goes with what he’s comfortable with. Many of the FSU fans believe this to be one of his downfalls. Nonetheless, this has been a trait of his since taking over the program. Combining a good spring performance with the past performances mentioned above, Jimbo may just feel that Trickett is the most comfortable option. Maybe not the ‘best’ option, but comfortable.