It’s never easy to replace a starting quarterback after a successful season. The result tends to be the insertion of an inexperienced quarterback taking over the reigns, while the rest of the team is already prepared to contend for a championship. Clint Trickett seems to be the front-runner for the starting quarterback position, but Florida State will have to answer questions early.
As talented as they are, their quarterback situation cannot be the reason this team fails. Trickett will need to learn on the fly, but it looks like he’s ready to jump in. The junior has extremely limited experience in two years with the Seminoles, but he’s shown flashes of ability in game situations when he’s had the chance, completing 65% of his passes for 272 yards on 34 attempts.
In practice is where Trickett makes his mark, as the new coaching staff appears to be impressed. Though both quarterbacks, slated to provide competition for Trickett this season, are battling through injuries in the spring, Trickett has excelled at making the most of his opportunity to bury the competition before they step onto the field healthy.
Trickett is rolling this spring, proving to be an accurate passer and a talented, experienced option for the ‘Noles. He could take over for the next two seasons, giving the team time to build up for a championship run. More importantly, perhaps he has an advantage after coming through the system. Trickett knows the system better than any other quarterback on the roster, and combined with injuries to the rest of FSU’s quarterback hopefuls, Trickett is the clear leader in the quarterback race so far.
Unless he struggles, the job is Clint Trickett’s to lose.
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