Dana Holgorsen has put to rest any notion of a quarterback controversy for the West Virginia Mountaineers this fall, naming senior Clint Trickett as the team’s No. 1 signal caller. While Trickett has yet to find sustained success since transferring to Morgantown, the team needed an experienced and steady hand to lead them in 2014. Despite his ups and downs, Trickett is the right choice for quarterback at West Virginia this season.
Trickett transferred to West Virginia last spring after losing the quarterback job of the Florida State Seminoles to Jameis Winston. He sat on the bench for the first four games before coming in and sparking a huge upset win over the then-No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys with 309 yards passing and a touchdown. Trickett finished the year as the team’s leading passer, throwing for 1,605 yards while completing 52.8 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
There were some obvious growing pains as Trickett transitioned into Holgerson’s offense in 2013, which resulted in his starting job not being guaranteed this offseason. Further hurting his chances at retaining the job was the fact that he missed the spring while recovering from shoulder surgery, allowing Paul Millard, Skyler Howard, and Logan Moore to campaign for the job.
Luckily for Trickett, perhaps, none of the other quarterbacks stepped up and seized the opportunity to steal the job from him. With a clean bill of health, Trickett returns to his spot at the top of the depth chart and provides the chance of sparking the Mountaineer offense in 2014.
He showed that he can be prolific in spots but now has to show he can reduce the turnovers and be more consistent. If he does that, West Virginia could make some noise in the Big 12 this fall.