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Trickett Getting Comfortable In Morgantown

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New West Virginia University Quarterback Clint Trickett is settling into his new surrounding in Morgantown. Trickett transferred to WVU last month and in doing so, threw his name into the mix for the vacant starting job.

Geno Smith passed for 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns in his college career and was a second round pick by the New York Jets in April. His departure leaves a wide-open competition for the starting quarterback position.

Trickett joins Junior Paul Millard and Redshirt-Freshman Ford Childress in the battle for that starting job.

"First and foremost, we are going to give Paul Millard and Ford Childress a chance to get better this summer," WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I think they will, they better."

Millard and Childress split snaps during the spring and the Gold-Blue spring game. Throwing another able body into the competition will make training camp even more interesting.

"Being able to add Clint (Trickett) to the equation, you got a kid that really wants to be in West Virginia," Holgorsen said. "He missed it here, he spent a lot of time here."

Trickett is the son of former WVU Assistant Coach Rick Trickett. He started two games for Florida State and appeared in 17 games. He completed 66 of 106 passes for 947 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing four interceptions.

"He has been in some big games and he is a coaches' kid, so he brings something to the table that other guys don't have," Holgorsen said of Trickett. "They all need to work hard here in the next 10 weeks. We start camp on August 1 and we will see where we are then."

A wide-open quarterback competition to open training camp is not a very familiar position for Holgorsen. The last time it happened was about five years ago when he was the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Houston. Eventually, Case Keenum won that competition and took over as the starting quarterback.

"You want an established guy," Holgorsen said. "You want a starter. You want to know who your guy is. You want that guy to take a leadership role and bring the team along. But due to college eligibility you will have to replace a quarterback occasionally. The replacement rarely has much experience."

As for Trickett, he is already in Morgantown and working towards gaining an understanding for the offense he hopes to run.

"He graduated Florida State about two weeks ago and immediately came to West Virginia," Holgorsen said. "He drove up and has been here since. That just shows his want to be here."

College coaches are not allowed to work with players this time of year. Trickett will have to rely on watching film and picking up some of the offense from other WVU players during voluntary workouts.

"The strength and conditioning guys have a hold of him and are working him out," Holgorsen stated. "He has to learn from film. He is a smart guy and he will sit in the room as will Paul and Ford. They will sit in the room and learn from spring cut-ups and learn from some voluntary football that happens in the afternoon."

Trickett stands 6-feet-3 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. Clearly the strength staff will look to put some more weight on his frame. However, that will not be easy. Trickett was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2011. It prevents his body from processing foods that contain gluten. Among the foods that he had to eliminate from his diet were any foods that include bread. His weight dropped as low as 165 pounds.

"I don't care too much about that," Holgorsen said regarding Trickett's weight. "He is a tough kid. You watch him play and he gets hit over and over and over again and he jumps up. He is never really hurt. He has played through it. He has to be careful with what he eats, which he will and he will naturally gain a little weight."

Trickett, Millard and Childress will have a limited amount of time to impress the staff enough to win the starting job. Training camp opens August 1 with the season opener against William & Mary set to kickoff just 30 days later.

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