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Holgorsen Eager to Throw Trickett in QB Mix


There was no question when West Virginia's spring game wrapped up that the quarterback battle had only just begun.

With no indication as to which of the two candidates – junior Paul Millard or redshirt freshman Ford Childress – had stepped up and proven to be the more reliable option, head coach Dana Holgorsen gave one major assessment of where the competition stood after weeks of practice had ended.

"Wide open, man," he said on a conference call.

That was before he added a new name to the mix with the addition of Florida State transfer Clint Trickett. The former Seminole chose WVU over a few other interested schools in part because of his familiarity with Morgantown, but largely due to his interest in what Holgorsen and company have shown they can do with an offense.

What the 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback brings to the table is something Holgorsen feels he has yet to see.

Sure, he watched film of the few times that Trickett was asked to fill in for regular starter E.J. Manuel and he's witnessed the 62 percent passing that resulted in 947 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Until Trickett really gets in camp and shows his abilities alongside his competitors and in front of his coaches, though, Holgorsen wants to hold off on evaluating what sort of player the Mountaineers landed.

"I don't know yet. You've got to actually coach a guy to figure that out, but I did watch film, thought he had some ability," says Holgorsen. "I understand what his background is and obviously he's been thrown into the fire in some pretty big games, where the guys that we have haven't done that. Does that mean he's going to have a leg up on the competition in August? That doesn't mean that, it just means he's got an opportunity to compete."

Both Holgorsen and Trickett seem to wish to make a point of the fact that nothing has been promised in the way of playing time. Just because he has this experience and he comes with an ounce of excitement having left behind a major program such as that at Florida State does not make him entitled to a job.

"There was never any talk at all as far as guaranteeing him a spot," Holgorsen says. "He knows that, he knows he's going to come in and he's going to compete. What he brings to the table is he's got experience, he's an older, more mature kid."

Trickett claims that some of the other programs who recruited him did offer a starting position and he saw it as a turn off. He is a football player. With that oftentimes comes a desire to compete and that is what Trickett brought with him when he arrived in town last week.

He looks forward to the possibilities that exist in Holgorsen's offense and he has already begun the work to put himself in position to be the man lined up under center when the season kicks off.

"I wanted a place where I could come and compete for the starting job this year, but then I also want somewhere that I can win and be successful. I think we have that here," says Trickett. "I'm going to try and come in and compete with these two guys. They've got two great quarterbacks right now, I'm just hoping to add to that bunch and show what I can do and then this team will hopefully get some things done and be successful this year."

The son of former WVU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, Clint knows plenty about being a Mountaineer. He grew up hanging out on the field at Milan Puskar Stadium, throwing the football in the end zone with his buddies while the team practiced or warmed up for a game.

He found idols in players like quarterbacks Rasheed Marshall and Pat White and now he has the chance to follow in their footsteps, albeit on a more circuitous route.

"I've got a soft spot for coaches' kids because they've been around it for their whole life," Holgorsen says. "[Trickett]'s got natural leadership ability, he's got an uncanny ability to be able to rally the troops and you can see that with the games that he did get into. He rallied them and he played his heart out."

Those qualities will go a long way in pushing Trickett to the job he covets this summer, but there will be plenty of eyes on him to see what he brings that Millard and Childress do not. There may be nothing, or there may be quite a lot.

Holgorsen sees a young man who took just three years to graduate from Florida State and will now enter the fold with two years remaining to play in Morgantown. There is no guarantee, but the head coach is happy to have another possibility when he grades out his top choices.

"This competition is going to go into camp. I've said that since day one," says Holgorsen. "They've got 14 weeks this summer that's all voluntary, but the guy who gets out there the most, works the hardest and gains a little bit of an advantage heading into August is going to get an opportunity to win the job. We'll see what happens."

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