By Cam Huffman
If there wasn’t enough drama concerning the West Virginia University quarterback position, there’s now another arm in the mix.
WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen announced Wednesday that the Mountaineers have signed Florida State University transfer Clint Trickett to a scholarship for the 2013-14 season. He will come to WVU with two years of eligibility and, because he’s scheduled to graduate in May, will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“WVU football welcomes Clint Trickett home,” said Holgorsen in a release. “He basically grew up in Morgantown, and I know he feels very comfortable here. He’s an excellent student and grew up around the game of football, which shows in his composure on the field. I am excited that he has decided to finish his career as a Mountaineer.”
Trickett, the son of former WVU assistant coach Rick Trickett, grew up playing pickup games at Mountaineer Field while his father was an assistant under then-head coach Rich Rodriguez. He’ll now have a chance to play on that same field in front of more than 60,000 fans.
“I’d like to first thank Florida State for all the things that were done for me,” said Trickett, who began his college career at FSU, where his father has been an offensive line coach since the 2007 season. “I’m excited now to continue my academic and athletic career at West Virginia University. Not only was it home for me, the place I grew up and the state I love, but also it’s the best fit for me athletically. I appreciated the recruitment by WVU and the other programs, which were all class acts, but it was hard for me to say no to the state and the team that I grew up loving.”
Trickett reportedly considered Auburn and South Florida, as well as WVU.
After redshirting in 2010, Trickett saw his first action in 2011, playing in nine games and completing 44 of 72 passes for 675 yards and four touchdowns. He also tossed seven interceptions.
His best game came in his first career start on the road at Clemson, where he threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns.
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback, who considered Arkansas and Florida before becoming a Seminole, served as a backup to first-round draft pick EJ Manuel. He played in eight games and completed 22 of 34 passes for 272 yards.
Trickett will join the battle to replace WVU’s all-time leading passer, Geno Smith, who was selected by the New York Jets in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Junior Paul Millard, a Flower Mound, Texas, native, who has completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts for 211 yards and three touchdowns, along with three interceptions, and redshirt-freshman Ford Childress, who has never thrown a collegiate pass, are the other two major candidates for the job.
Holgorsen said after the conclusion of spring practice that there was no leader in the battle but that a decision did not have to be made until the fall. He did indicate that he was not willing to have co-starters at the position.
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