The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

July 3, 2014

It had to feel like ‘Ole Home Week’ for the Tricketts

MORGANTOWN — It might have felt like a bit of ‘ole home week’ to West Virginia starting quarterback Clint Trickett.

His parents, Rick and Tara Trickett, were in the Morgantown area and stopped by to spend some time with Clint. They still live in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Tricketts went on to Preston County to spend a few days visiting Clint’s grandmother, Rose Mary Trickett, and other relatives in the Masontown area.

Rick, a native of Masontown, is a veteran offensive line coach at defending national champion Florida State. He held the same position at WVU.

“It was really good to see my parents,” Trickett said. “I hadn’t seen them in a while. I don’t see them very often during the season.”

Clint played one year as a freshman at Morgantown High School before transferring to Tallahassee. He played two years of football at Florida State in 2011-12 after redshirting a year.

As a Mountaineer newcomer a year ago, he proved to be the best and most active of the quarterbacks. Trickett saw action in eight games, seven of them as the starter.

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Trickett, who was hampered by health problems during his WVU debut, hopes his off-season shoulder surgery will help him be more effective this year.

The early public announcement that he’d be the starter and offensive leader admittedly boosts his confidence. One would think that it also will easy any pressure he might feel.

“I know more about what the coaches want now and believe I’m capable of providing that,” Trickett said. “I played four quarters in one game last year and three quarters in another game.

“The fun of it is that you hope the (playing that long) can be possible if you can stay healthy.”

But he’ll tell you that you can’t go out onto the field and worry about that. “It’s part of the game,” he added.

Trickett isn’t worried about making decisions or in leading his team under coaches’ directions and communications.       

It should be interesting to see how things work out for Trickett and the Mountaineers this campaign.

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Damon Cogdell is coaching at the college level for the first time since becoming WVU’s linebackers mentor last January. He had been head football coach at Miramar High School in Miami, Fla., for 12 years.

Asked last week how he likes coaching in college, Cogdell replied, “I love it. I couldn’t be happier here.” That’s not surprising, though.

He was an outstanding, hard-hitting linebacker himself for West Virginia in 1997-98. Cogdell had transferred from junior college.

What’s more, he developed and sent to WVU two of the greatest players I’ve ever watched in the Gold and Blue garb.

One was quarterback Geno Smith and the other was wide receiver Stedman Bailey. Both were record-setters as Mountaineers before leaving after 2012.

Smith is now with the New York Jets and Bailey with the St. Louis Rams in the NFL. Cogdell said, “I couldn’t be more proud of both guys.”

The coach remains in monthly contact with those two protégés.

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I’m told by two elderly WVU graduates in Florida that the Orlando Sentinel has the Mountaineers No. 99 in its No. 128 to No. 1 preseason football countdown. Could that be the lowest prediction yet for the Mountaineers?

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