The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 2, 2013

Trickett vows to improve signal reading

By Mickey Furfari
For The Register-Herald

MORGANTOWN — Quarterback Clint Trickett believes he will increase his communication with West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen if he continues to be the starter.

After leading the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) to last Saturday’s stunning 30-21 upset of nationally ranked Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12), the Morgantown area native said:

“It was my first start (here) and I messed up a couple of things, but that’s part of it. That’s part of the game.”

Trickett, whose communication involves signals from the sideline, transferred to WVU in May with two years of eligibility. He had played two seasons at Florida State and graduated in those years.

He had been given just six snaps before starting a game. Junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress had two starts each before Holgorsen gave Trickett the starting nod.

“It is different in practice,” Trickett said. “(Holgorsen) gets going fast at games. He’s hyped up and so are we. Sometimes I miss things. Repetition in games is definitely going to help.

“You need that game experience. We’re not worried about it. We just have to get it corrected.”

Trickett’s father Rick, a 41-year coaching veteran, served as offensive line coach at WVU for several years. He now has the same position at nationally ranked Florida State.

This is the first time since 1985 that West Virginia has used three starting quarterbacks. The three in ’85 were John Talley, Mike Timko and Tony Reda.

But it required just five games for this year’s coaching staff to reach that mark.

In order to retain the starting quarterback job, Trickett vowed to not only improve his passing game statistically, but to iron out wrinkles in grasping Holgorsen’s signals from the sideline.

Holgorsen, who is in his third year as a head coach, was quoted as saying after the OSU victory:

“The operation for me on the sidelines was incredibly frustrating. And I threw a few temper tantrums, which I am quite embarrassed about.

“But it’s just the communication needs to get better. The relationship between me and him (Trickett) needs to get better.”

Meanwhile, Holgorsen indicated that he’s not certain Trickett will be available to play on Saturday at 17th-ranked Baylor (3-0).

Trickett hurt his throwing arm when hit by a defender in the fourth quarter of the Oklahoma State game.

So the QB position remains unstable, at best, or so it seems.

Holgorsen said Tuesday afternoon he’ll go with the quarterback who’s healthiest.

If all three are healthy, then he’ll name Trickett.