Even though the start of the college football season is still over 60 days off, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced this week that senior Clint Trickett will be the Mountaineers starting quarterback in the season opener Aug. 30 against mighty Alabama.
Trickett, who transferred to West Virginia from Florida State after the 2012 season, played in eight games in 2013 and played an instrumental role in the Mountaineers two Big 12 wins a year ago against Oklahoma State and TCU.
In West Virginia’s regular-season finale, a three-overtime loss against Iowa State, Trickett passed for over 350 yards and two touchdowns in 1 52-44 losing effort.
After the season, Trickett had off-season shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He did not participate in spring practice sessions, but is getting back to full health, according to West Virginia officials.
West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson explained why the Mountaineer coaching staff made the decision as early as it did to name Trickett as the starting QB to begin the season in a new article on the Mountaineers athletic website:
“If you evaluate last year’s games, which we’ve watched countless times, when he was healthy, he (Trickett) played at a high level. The two Big 12 teams we beat, he played in those games. That group right now, in our opinion, needs leadership. They look to him anyway. We feel like it’s clear cut in our mind, and so it’s going to give him (Trickett) confidence.”