The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 22, 2014

Father says Trickett is ‘where he ought to be now’

By Mickey Furfari
For The Register-Herald

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University quarterback Clint Trickett is doing very well since having shoulder surgery in January, according to father Rick Trickett.

“Dr. James Andrews told him he’s right where he should be in permitting to resume throwing recently,” said the elder Trickett, now offensive line coach at Florida State.

“Clint has his strength back (in his throwing arm). So he’s doing well in his rehab exercises.”

Trickett, who grew up in the Morgantown area, transferred to WVU in 2013 from Florida State. He had graduated from there in three years with two seasons of football eligibility remaining.

But he suffered a dislocated shoulder, torn labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder during his first start as a Mountaineer. That was against Oklahoma State.

Young Trickett played through his injuries the remaining seven games as the starting signal-caller. He wound up leading the team in both passing yards and aerial touchdowns.

It has been suggested by more than one writer on the WVU sports reporting beat that Trickett should be the starter again this year.

Asked about that, Rick Trickett replied, “Oh, I don’t know about that. It’s up to the West Virginia coaches to decide. But I do know Clint intends to work just as hard again this year.

“He did hate having to miss spring practice this year. I do know that.”

Rick Trickett, who is formerly the offensive line coach for WVU, enjoys having the same role at Florida State. He’s delighted that they captured the national championship last season.

In all, Clint Trickett played in eight games for the Mountaineers in 2013. He completed 123 of 233 passes (53 percent) for 1,663 yards and seven passing touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Mountaineers will be getting swiftly back into offseason conditioning and strength workouts in preparation for fall camp practice.

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As expected, WVU season ticket sales are continuing to decline.

Approximately 24,000 was the count at the ticket renewal deadline last week. But the WVU ticket office continues to process new ones.

Matt Wells, associate athletic director for marketing and sales, said he’s encouraged by the early response. He remains hopeful that sales could reach 30,000 before the 2014 season starts.

WVU sold 33,623 season tickets last year when the Mountaineers slipped to a disappointing 4-8 record. The university has topped 30,000-plus in season ticket sales annually since 2005.

That year the total was 28,579.

During that eight-year stretch, the highest figures reached were 38,037 in 2007, 38,191 in 2008, and 36,690 in 2009.